Sunday 20 October 2019

US student’s parents blame North Korean ‘evil regime’ for son’s death

Otto Warmbier died in June 2017 after being returned home in a vegetative state.

American student Otto Warmbier (Jon Chol Jin/AP)
American student Otto Warmbier (Jon Chol Jin/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

The parents of an American college student who died after being detained in North Korea say Kim Jong Un “and his evil regime” are responsible for his death.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier rebuked President Donald Trump in a statement on Friday.

After meeting with Mr Kim earlier this week, President Trump said he takes the North Korean leader “at his word” that he was unaware of alleged mistreatment of Otto Warmbier.

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President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi. (Evan Vucci/AP)

The Warmbiers say they remained silent during the Trump-Kim summit, but “now we must speak out”.

They say “Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto” and for “unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity”.

They said “no excuses or lavish praise can change that”.

Otto Warmbier died in June 2017 after being returned home in a vegetative state.

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