Media: death of a convicted student from the United States came as a surprise to Pyongyang

© AFP 2017 / Jon Chol Hameenkoski student Otto Frederick Warmbier in court in Pyongyang, North Korea. Archival photoMedia: death of a convicted student from the United States came as a surprise to Pyongyang© AFP 2017 / Jon Chol Jin

The DPRK claims that the death of an American student of Otto Warmbier after 17 months of detention in North Korean prison came as a surprise to Pyongyang, since he was returned to US with «normal signs of life,» reports from Seoul news Agency Yonhap.

A student from the University of Virginia Otto Warmbier was returned home in a coma after a long imprisonment in North Korea. The American was convicted in North Korea for trying to steal it and take out from Pyongyang the political poster. He died Monday in the United States.

According to the Agency, in Pyongyang on Friday issued a statement not named for the DPRK foreign Ministry, which stated that North Korea «sincerely provided medical care» student from the US and decided to bring him home because of the deterioration of his condition.

«Less than a week after Warmbier returned to the United States in the presence of normal signs of life, so his sudden death for us also a mystery», — says the representative of the foreign Ministry of the DPRK.

According to him, the U.S. is trying to distort reality and accuse Pyongyang, however, Warmbier became a victim of politics, former Obama administration, with its unwillingness to engage in dialogue with the DPRK.

«It is clear that in this incident the main victim is us,» — said in a statement.