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American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. North Korea's highest court sentenced Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student, from Wyoming, Ohio, to 15 years in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for subversion. He allegedly attempted to steal a propaganda banner from a restricted area of his hotel at the request of an acquaintance who wanted to hang it in her church. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

North Korea denied it cruelly treated or tortured American detainee Otto Warmbier


North Korea has denied torturing the 22-year-old American student Otto Warmbier who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

According to an article published on Friday by the Korean Central News Agency, the North dealt with Warmbier according to domestic law and international standards. The North also called his death a "mystery."

He was accused of stealing a propaganda poster and was serving a sentence of hard labor.

The article also criticized South Korea for using Warmbier's case to release other detainees.

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