North Korea is giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money when it comes to casting blame on others and making themselves look like the victim.
That’s right, the country thinks it is the “biggest victim” in the death of American student Otto Warmbier.
The North’s official Korean Central News Agency denied that North Korea cruelly treated or tortured Otto Warmbier and accused the United States and South Korea of a smear campaign that insulted what it called its ‘humanitarian’ treatment of him.
The comments published by KCNA were North Korea‘s first reaction to Otto Warmbier’s death in a U.S. hospital Monday after it released him for what it called humanitarian reasons.
Doctors at the hospital said Warmbier had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause. Relatives say they were told the 22-year-old University of Virginia student had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea in March 2016.
Obviously, North Korea is being blamed for the condition of the student.
After being convicted of stealing a propaganda poster, North Korea said they dealt with Warmbier according to its domestic laws and international standards. (Translation, they intended for the man to die a slow and painful death.)
“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 U.S., considering that his health got worse,” one of the state’s Foreign Ministry spokesmen said.
The spokesman said ‘groundless’ speculation of torture and beatings could be refuted by American doctors who came to North Korea at the time of Warmbier’s repatriation and ‘recognized that his health indicators like pulse, temperature, respiration and the examination result of the heart and lung were all normal.’ The report did not mention Warmbier’s neurological status.
The statement continued:
“The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well.
“To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident and there would be no more foolish judgment than to think we do not know how to calculate gains and losses.
“The smear campaign against (North Korea) staged in the U.S. compels us to make firm determination that humanitarianism and benevolence for the enemy are a taboo and we should further sharpen the blade of law.”
In a separate KCNA article published earlier, South Korea was criticized for using Warmbier’s case to seek the release of other detainees. (God forbid that!) This included six South Korean citizens.
The article also said South Korea was tarnishing the state’s image with “slanderous talk about cruel treatment and torture.”
North Korea demanded that its southern neighbor return 12 restaurant workers who defected to the South last year. The South claimed the woman defected on their own (which is more than likely true), but the North claims they were deceived and abducted to the South.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in an interview that there was no doubt North Korea bears a heavy responsibility for Warmbier’s death.