Otto Warmbier's hometown prepares for his funeral

South Korea has said the North bore responsibility for Warmbier's fate and US President Donald Trump has slammed his detention and eventual death as "a total disgrace". John McCain, R-Arizona, said that anyone who is "stupid" enough to visit North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the USA government from any responsibility for that individual while they are overseas.

It's unclear how he came to be in that state.

Warmbier's parents say he became ill after he was imprisoned, and that the North Koreans claimed that he contracted botulism and fell into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

They're also calling charges the 22-year-old was beaten into a coma "groundless".

Its official news agency, KCNA, quoted a government source as saying: 'Our relevant agencies treat all criminals in accordance with domestic laws and worldwide standards and Warmbier was not an exception'.

In a statement issued on Friday, North Korea claimed that the sudden death of Otto Warmbier was a mystery even to their nation as his health indicators were normal, as reported by Yonhap News.

He was released earlier this month in what North Korea described as a "humanitarian gesture".

Some of the proof used against him was purported security footage of him removing a political banner from his hotel.

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Mr Warmbier was released earlier this month and returned to the US, where he was described as being in a "state of unresponsive wakefulness". He was released a week later.

"If you are in a persistent vegetative state and you are just immobile for a prolonged period of time, you have a propensity to form a clot", Laskowitz said.

Mr Warmbier's treatment was "appalling", US Senator Rob Portman of OH told reporters outside the memorial.

His death heightened the conflict between the North and the United States already aggravated by North Korea's defiant missile launches and two nuclear tests since early a year ago as part of its effort to build a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the USA mainland. US doctors, however, said he apparently suffered "respiratory distress", and the oxygen supply to the brain was cut off.

"Our related institutions are treating criminals who committed crimes against (our) republic strictly based on domestic law and worldwide standards, and Warmbier was no different", the KCNA said.

Warmbier's family said they believe otherwise.

But Chris Volo, Rodman's agent, told Strahan, "I know being there had something to do with it..." Despite global condemnation and sanctions, North Korea has a small nuclear arsenal and is developing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles that threaten Japan and South Korea - and one day could even hit some USA cities.

Fred Warmbier has called on North Korea to release other American detainees.

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