The North Korean authorities strongly deny the fact that the American student of Otto Warmbier, who was for years in one of the North Korean labor camps, fallen there in a coma and died last week, was tortured.
About it writes on Sunday, June 25, the Jewish news Agency JTA.
The DPRK foreign Ministry, commented on these developments on Friday in an interview with state news Agency KCNA, said that his country, the «main victim» of the incident, and called the death of American «mysterious.»
North Korean official claimed that the Obama administration has never officially demanded the release Warmbier and refused to negotiate with Pyongyang on the issue.
«We had no reason to show mercy to the offender enemy of the state, but we provided him with medical services and honestly cared for him before returning to the US» – leads edition of the words of the representative of the foreign Ministry of the DPRK.
This review is the first and only reaction of the government of North Korea after returning Warmbier home.
According to the North Korean version, Warmbier in a coma as a result of botulism and associated this disease of sleeping pills.
Experts medical center, University of Cincinnati, where he died, Otto Warmbier, found he had signs of botulism. According to American doctors, the death occurred as a result of severe neurological disease – it is possible that the tragedy led cardiopulmonary shock, writes the newspaper the Washington Post.
Otto Warmbier was arrested in North Korea in January last year for stealing a propaganda poster and was sentenced to 15 years in labor camps. North Korean authorities released a prisoner under pressure from the international community after it became known about the catastrophic deterioration of his health.
Otto was active in the campus Hillel at the University of Virginia and took care of the members of the Jewish community, reported the website of the newspaper the Jerusalem Post, citing the campus Rabbi Jake Rubin.
In 2014, Warmbier visited Israel under the Birthright movement. He visited the fortress «Masada», got a Hebrew name and under the impression of this trip became an activist in the Jewish community, the newspaper writes.
The movement organizes Birthright trips to Israel for those who consider themselves Jewish and has at least one Jewish parent or convert to Judaism was.
It later emerged that the family Warmbier hid their Jewishness in the hope to alleviate the plight of the prisoner: they believed that this circumstance will complicate the negotiations.