North Korea’s foreign ministry released a statement on Thursday blaming the US for “luring and pushing” American college student Otto Warmbier into breaking the North Korea’s laws, according to BBC News.
“Trump and his clique, for their anti-DPRK propaganda, are again exploiting the death of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who had been under reform through labour for the criminal act he committed against the DPRK and died after returning to the US,” Ri Yong-ho said, using the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Warmbier was arrested last year when North Korean authorities claimed that the teen was trying to steal a sign. He was released in June after falling into a coma and died a few days later.
During an interview on Fox and Friends on Tuesday, Warmbier’s parents said that their son was “systematically tortured” and that he was “jerking violently” and made “inhumane sounds” when they first saw him.
“Otto was systematically tortured and intentionally injured by Kim and his regime,” said Mr Warmbier.
Dr. Lakshima Sammarco, the coroner who did an external examination of Warmbier’s body, claims she was “surprised” by the parents’ statement.
During a news conference held on Wednesday, Dr. Sammarco said, “I felt very comfortable that there wasn’t any evidence of trauma.”
She said that evidence points to an injury that caused lack of oxygen and blood to the brain caused the death. She claims that the injury happened more than a year ago but could not explain what caused it.