North Korea has issued a statement on the death of Otto Warmbier, the college student who was returned to the U.S. in a coma after more than a year in prison and died earlier this week.
The North Korean government is denying U.S. accusations that the 22-year-old was tortured or treated cruelly while serving a 15-year-sentence for stealing a propaganda poster. They claim Warmbier contracted botulism while in captivity and fell into a coma. In its statement issued through the state-run Korean Central News Agency, North Korea says Warmbier was treated fairly according to international standards and expressed its own suspicion about his death saying, "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 (indicates this) is a mystery to us as well." It goes on to claim that North Korea is "the biggest victim" in the death.
Warmbier was laid to rest yesterday (Thursday).