State Department officials honor Otto Warmbier at OH funeral

Mourners line up for the funeral of Otto Warmbier, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Wyoming, Ohio. He will be buried later in the day at a local cemetery. "The North Koreans need to be held to account for that".

Warmbier died Monday after his June 13 return to his home state of OH, where doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center treated him. It told American officials that Mr. Warmbier had contracted botulism and fallen into a coma after taking sleeping pills, according to his family, which was briefed by the officials. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the state.

US President Donald Trump called the North a "brutal regime".

North Korea reportedly told a USA official that Warmbier contracted botulism and slipped intothe coma after taking a sleeping pill - they claimed to have released the student on "humanitarian grounds".

USA doctors who had traveled to the North last week to evacuate Warmbier had recognized that the North had "provided him with medical treatment and brought him back alive whose heart was almost stopped", the unnamed ministry spokesman said.

Military-to-military exchanges should also be upgraded and mechanisms of notification established in order to cut the risks of "judgment errors" between the Chinese and USA militaries, the statement also said.

"This pattern of brain injury is usually seen as result of cardiopulmonary arrest, where blood supply to the brain is inadequate for a period of time, resulting in the death of brain tissue", Dr. Daniel Kanter told reporters at the news conference.

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The spokesman said that Warmbier was provided with proper medical treatment, and questioned why he died so soon after returning to the US. "He has not engaged in any purposeful movements", Kanter said. That conclusion could be seen as a warning of unilateral U.S. action to follow.

Rabbi Jake Rubin, executive director of the Brody Jewish Center at the University of Virginia, called Warmbier "one of the most intellectually curious people I've ever met" during the June 22 service at Wyoming High School near Cincinnati, the Associated Press reported. "It is painful that Mr. Warmbier was not among them, but our efforts on his behalf never ceased, even in the waning days of the administration".

Fred Warmbier, Otto's father, has blamed North Korea for his son's fate.

"Both sides reaffirm that they will strive for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", a consensus document released by the official Xinhua news agency said.

The Warmbiers added that they are "at peace" and "at home". His family asked the local coroner not to perform an autopsy.

The student's family say the regime "brutalised" him, but North Korea has denied it.

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