September 24, 2023

North Korea says Otto Warmbier’s sudden death “a mystery to us as well”

FM statement insists 22-year old was treated with "all sincerity", denies mistreatment

North Korea on Friday denied reports that it had mistreated the former U.S. detainee Otto Warmbier and described his sudden death as a "mystery", in the country's first public statement since the announcement of the 22-year-old's death on Wednesday.

In a statement by a DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the North Korean representative claimed the country has been the victim of a "smear campaign" by the U.S.  as part of a "frantic effort" to impose "heinous sanctions".