North Korea again refuted allegations on Thursday by President Donald Trump and the family of a young American man who died after more than a year as a prisoner in the isolated country, insisting thatwas never tortured in custody.
State-run media quoted North Korea‘s foreign ministry spokesman as saying the claims of torture were baseless slander aimed at discrediting the North Korean regime.
A coroner said Wednesday that her officethat eventually killed the 22-year-old Ohio man after he returned to the U.S. on an emergency medical flight.
His parents and Mr. Trump have accused North Korea of torturing him, but Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said Wednesday that evidence had led to no “scientific facts” to solve Warmbier’s mysterious death.
“We don’t know what happened to him, and this is the bottom line,” she said. The cause of the death may never be known, she added.
A coroner’s report dated Sept. 11 shows the cause of death for the University of Virginia student as complications from brain-damaging oxygen deprivation through “an unknown insult more than a year prior to death.” The medical term for his condition was called “chronic anoxic/ischemic encephalopathy.” The manner of death was listed as “undetermined.”
While Warmbier’s family declined an autopsy, Sammarco said her office used extensive medical scanning and imaging for a “virtual autopsy” and that nothing more would have been gained by doing an autopsy so long after his brain damage occurred.
Warmbier’s parents told a Fox News TV show Tuesday that North Korea tortured and “destroyed” him. Trump tweeted afterward: “Otto was tortured beyond belief by North Korea.” Trump’s tweet added to a series of recent accusations and heated exchanges between…