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26 June 2017

Warmbier, an American college student, died Monday just days after he'd been medically evacuated from a North Korean prison following 17 months of detention. Seventeen months later, he returned to US soil and died after spending most of his imprisonment in a comatose state. But it's unclear how he came to be in that state. However, North Korea claimed Warmbier contracted the illness and became comatose as a result of taking a sleeping pill.

The 22-year-old's family alleges he was tortured.

"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the USA ... is a mystery to us as well", a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said, according to a report by Reuters.

The spokesman said that North Korea treated Warmbier appropriately during his imprisonment. It rebuffed "groundless public opinion now circulating in the United States that he died of torture and beating during his reform through labor".

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Former University of Virginia student Warmbier was accused of pilfering a propaganda sign from a Pyongyang hotel and was sentenced to 15-years of hard labor.

My only point, journalistically, is that we spent tons of airtimes and column inches on Warmbier's case; only occasionally, did writers and columnists remind us about the North Korean gulags into which untold numbers of North Koreans disappear. He was released a week later.

Chinese state media described the talks, the first of their kind with the Trump administration, as an upgrade in dialogue mechanisms between China and the United States, following on from President Xi Jiping's meeting with Trump in Florida in April.

"He should have been brought home a long time ago", Trump said. Warmbier is said to have suffered a severe neurological injury.

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Both the State Department and Warmbier's father, Fred, deny Rodman played a role in the release. Before they went, Volo told Strahan, he "asked on behalf of Dennis for [Warmbier's] release three times".

"To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident and there would be no more foolish judgment than to think we do not know how to calculate gains and losses", he said. And I said to them, 'we would need his, you know, a release, some type of good faith, if we're ever going to do some type of future sports relations ... A spokesman for the family said this week that they chose not to disclose his Judaism during negotiations for his release so as not to antagonize North Korea.

In a joint interview with ABC News, Rodman's agent credited Warmbier's release to Rodman's brief visit to Pyongyang earlier this month.

"I was just so happy to see the kid released ..." Later that day, that's when we found out he was ill.

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