Thousands Attend Otto Warmbier's Funeral

Pentagon chief blasts N.Korea over US student who died

Pentagon chief blasts N.Korea over US student who died

On Wednesday Yang and top General Fang Fenghui met with Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the State Department to discuss North Korea and other regional issues.

North Korean officials claimed Warmbier fell into a coma in March past year due to botulism and a sleeping pill.

"This college kid never should have been detained in the first place", said Portman, who previously revealed that he met secretly with North Korean officials in NY last December to press for Warmbier's release. KCNA said the North dealt with him according to its domestic laws and global standards.

Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea in 2015 and was later convicted of subversion.

"Although we had no reason at all to show mercy to such a criminal of the enemy state, we provided him with medical treatments and care with all sincerity on humanitarian basis until his return to the USA, considering that his health got worse", the agency quoted an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying.

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Two months later, he was found guilty of committing "hostile acts" against the North Korean regime and sentenced to 15 years' hard labor in a trial that reportedly lasted about an hour.

President Donald Trump called the situation a "disgrace".

The thousands of funeral goers formed two lines as the coffin carrying Mr Warmbier was carried in to Wyoming High School for the 45-minute service.

Mourners have paid their respects to an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after being returned home to OH in a coma. "But they've shown through their treatment of Otto a disregard for basic human rights for human dignity".

Warmbier's North Korean trip was only supposed to be a five-day tour.

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"I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them", it said. "Today we're seeing the good, and the love that will be expressed through this outpouring of support for Otto and his family", Portman said.

The US President risked being tricked by opponents into applying pressure on Beijing, the daily tabloid said.

"There's no excuse for the way the North Koreans treated our son". Many of them lined the street as the procession pulled out.

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"Countries around the world and in the UN Security Council are joining in this effort and we hope China will do their part as well", he said, referring to the new round of sanctions that went into effect at the beginning of June.

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