NKorea denies torturing US student Warmbier – KCNA


SEOUL: North Korea on Friday denied torturing or mistreating Otto Warmbier, the US student who died after being released from the North in a coma, in the first official reaction to his death. South Korea has said the North bore responsibility for Warmbier’s fate and US President Donald Trump has slammed his detention and eventual death as “a total disgrace.” A spokesman for the National Reconciliation Council said that they “treat all criminals… thoroughly in accordance with domestic laws and international standards and Warmbier was not an exception.” He blasted South Korea, accusing it of seeking to exploit Warmbier’s death to press its own demand for the release of six South Korean detainees. “Those who have absolutely no idea about how well we treated Warmbier under humanitarian conditions dare to utter ‘mistreatment’ and ‘torture’,” he said according to the official KCNA news agency.


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