North Korea said on Friday the death of U.S. university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery.
The North’s foreign ministry spokesperson also dismissed accusations that Warmbier had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as “groundless”.
The unnamed spokesperson said in comments carried by the official KCNA agency that Warmbier was “a victim of the policy of strategic patience” of former U.S. President Barack Obama whose government never requested his release.
“The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well,” the spokesman was quoted by KCNA as saying.
Warmbier, 22, was arrested in the reclusive country while visiting as a tourist. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal an…
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