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N. Korea lambastes Trump for torture claim

2017/09/28 20:35

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SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) -- North Korea lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday for "falsely" claiming the regime tortured Otto Warmbier, a U.S. student who died in June days after being released in coma from detention in the North.

Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that "Otto was tortured beyond belief by North Korea," commenting on an interview given by his parents.

In a statement, the North's foreign ministry denied the claim and warned of "devastating consequences" of the U.S.' hostile scheme to defame the regime and its supreme leadership.

"The fact that the U.S. is employing even a dead person for the conspiracy campaign to fuel the international atmosphere of putting pressure on the DPRK shows how vile and inveterate the hostility of the U.S. policymakers towards the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) is," read the statement.

The ministry also reiterated that the University of Virginia student had never been tortured before he was sent back to the U.S. unconscious. The U.S. government was exploiting his death in a sly, childish tactic, it said.

"Trump should ponder over the devastating consequences to be entailed by the anti-DPRK conspiracy and be fully aware that he and his clique shall be held totally responsible for all the undesirable turn of events to be caused by the careless and imprudent remarks that he gabbles on wagging his tongue in and out of his big mouth," it added.