North Korea is a terrorist state, say parents of Otto Warmbier who was tortured in North Korea over the course of 17 months.
Otto Warmbier’s parents opened up about the last moments of their son’s life on Fox & Friends in the first interview they have given since Otto’s death. Fred and Cindy Warmbier explained how seeing Otto for the first time after he was rushed home from North Korea destroyed any optimism they had left. “North Korea is not a victim, they are terrorists. They purposefully and intentionally injured Otto,” Fred Warmbier said.
Otto traveled to North Korea on a vacation in January 2016 but was arrested by North Korean authorities after being accused of stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel room. After a show trial, Otto was found guilty and sentenced to 16 years of hard labor. Otto was held in captivity by the communist nation for 17 months before the Trump administration secured his release.
Fred and Cindy Warmbier said they traveled to Washington over a dozen times since their son was captured, meeting with top officials from the Obama administration including Secretary of State John Kerry, but they were ultimately disappointed by former President Obama’s efforts.
After coming into office, President Trump secured Otto’s release and he was repatriated to the United States on June 13, 2017. North Korea warned U.S. officials that Otto was in a coma, but they claimed it was caused by botulism.
In an interview with The New York Times after Otto’s release, but before his death, Fred and Cindy Warmbier praised President Trump’s decisive action securing their son’s release. The Warmbier’s expressed disappointment in the Obama administration, who asked them to keep a low profile during the 2016 presidential election.
“The results speak for themselves,” Fred Warmbier said comparing the efforts of the Obama administration to President Trump. “We worked hard, and I’m sorry this is the outcome,” he said.
North Korea has denied torturing Otto, and they suggested that his poor health was due to a bout of botulism. However, doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who treated Otto after he first arrived in America said they found no evidence of botulism. When the Warmbiers first saw their son, it was clear he was the victim of brutal torture.
Fred and Cindy Warmbier told Fox & Friends hosts that they were optimistic when Otto first returned to America. They thought U.S. doctors would be able to save their son.
Otto Warmbier undoubtedly underwent unthinkable violence. Is there any doubt that he was a victim of terrorism?
“We walked over to the plane, the engines are still humming, they had just landed… when we got halfway up the steps we heard this howling, involuntary, inhuman sound,” Fred explained. “We weren’t really certain what it was.” The noises were coming from their son.
“Otto had a shaved head, he had a feeding tube coming out of his nose, he was staring blankly into space, jerking violently,” says Otto’s father. “He was blind. He was deaf. As we looked at him and tried to comfort him it looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged his bottom teeth.”
“We see North Korea claiming to be a victim and the world is picking on them, and we’re here to tell you North Korea is not a victim, they are terrorists. They kidnapped Otto, they tortured him, [and] they intentionally injured him,” Fred Warmbier charged.