The parents of Otto Warmbier, a student who was sent back to America in a vegetative state, have sought justice against the North Korean regime for the last 2 years. At first, President Donald Trump was sympathetic to their cause and Fred and Cindy Warmbier attended the 2018 State of the Union as his guest. Trump, however, is now attempting to create a better relationship with Kim Jong Un and the Warmbier’s have to look for justice in other ways.
The parents sued the North Korean government for damages and were awarded a $500 million settlement in December. Unable to obtain their settlement through traditional means, the Warmbiers have filed a claim for a North Korean ship that was recently seized by the US.
The North Korean government has refused to engage in a settlement with the family. The parents write in their filing, “Hence, the Warmbiers are left to chase down the assets of North Korea to recover what they can for the torture and death of their son at the hands of North Korea’s dictator, who with ‘his cronies, show(s) no regard for human life.”
The Warmbier’s promised in their suit, “We are committed to holding North Korea accountable for the death of our son Otto, and will work tirelessly to seize North Korean assets wherever they may be found.”
After having the Warmbier’s attend the State of the Union, Trump has done an about face on their case. The President said in February that Kim, “tells me that he didn’t know about it and I will take him at his word. He felt badly about it. He knew the case very well, but he knew it later. Gotta lot of people, big country, lotta people.”
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