'Lunatic' Trump exploiting Otto Warmbier's death

Laura Christensen
September 29, 2017

At a press conference in Cincinnati Wednesday, the coroner said the American student's death was caused by complications from brain-damaging oxygen deprivation around six months into his imprisonment in North Korea, but the cause of the initial "insult" could not be determined, reports Reuters.

Citing a foreign ministry spokesman, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said September 28 that U.S. President Donald Trump has turned Otto Warmbier's death into a propaganda tool against North Korea or the DPRK as it calls itself.

On Tuesday, Fred and Cindy Warmbier said they felt the need to speak out on their son's death in the wake of North Korea's threats against President Donald Trump and the United States.

But a coroner disputed claims by Warmbier's parents that his teeth were damaged, and said her office's examination indicated he had been well tended in the year since something - they can not say what - starved his brain of oxygen and eventually killed him.

Strangely, his parents' account are at odds with some of the coroner's findings; the report found "the teeth are natural and in good repair".

Warmbier, who was visiting the North as a tourist in January 2016 when he was arrested and imprisoned by the regime, died in June this year, just days after he was released from custody and sent home in a mysterious coma. She said an actual autopsy would not have yielded more information because the brain damage occurred many months before. "No mother, no parent should ever have gone through what we went through".

North Korea has denied torturing Warmbier during his stay, even calling itself a "victim" in the devastating ordeal.

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"The teeth are natural and in good fix", while his nose and ears show "no remarkable adjustment", according to the report. "He was in a blind and deaf state with arms and legs deformed". Manner of death was listed as "undetermined". Only an external examination of the body rather than a full autopsy was completed at the request of Mr Warmbier's family. "In the end, we don't know what happened to him", she said.

Warmbier's parents could not be reached for comment on the coroner's report. North Korea initially blamed botulism, but his parents said their son had "been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime".

He claimed there was no evidence of damage to the teeth or broken bones, but did confirm multiple scars including a 4.3 by 1.6 inch wound on his right foot. "They are not victims, they are terrorists", Fred Warmbier said on the programme "Fox and Friends".

FILE - In this June 22, 2017, file photo, Fred and Cindy Warmbier watch as the casket for their son Otto is placed in a hearse after his funeral in Wyoming, Ohio.

A forensic dentist examined the images, specifically the lower teeth and mandible, Sammarco said.

It's hard to say what else may have happened, including torture.

Other reports by My Hot News

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