Anne Saker Cincinnati Enquirer Published 9:37 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 Nearly a year after they stood at Cincinnati's Lunken Airport to welcome home their son, the parents of Otto Warmbier said Tuesday they hope "something positive" can come out of the Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Fred and Cindy Warmbier of Wyoming, Ohio, issued a statement nearly a day after the two leaders met for the first time. At a news conference after the summit, Trump said Otto Warmbier's death "was not in vain" and help spur the nations to reach the diplomatic talks. “We appreciate President Trump's recent comments about our family," the statement said. "We are proud of Otto and miss him. Hopefully something positive can come from this.” The statement was released through the Warmbiers' law firm, McGuire Woods, which is representing the family in its lawsuit against North Korea's government. The lawsuit said the government's treatment of … [Read more...] about Otto Warmbier’s parents: ‘Hopefully something positive’ will come of Trump-Kim summit
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OTTO Warmbier was a US student who made headlines around the world after a tragic trip to North Korea in 2016. Here's what you need to know about the 22-year-old and how he tragically lost his life. What happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea? Otto Warmbier was a student at the University of Virginia when he visited Pyongyang on his way to Hong Kong where he was going to study. But North Korean authorities accused him of committing a hostile act against the country by stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel. He was arrested at the airport while trying to leave in January 2016. After appearing in a televised show trial he gave a tearful press conference where he confessed and begged for forgiveness. But his pleas fell on deaf ears and he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in March 2016. From that day nothing was heard from him for more than 15 months until he was returned to the US in a vegetative state. North Korea said Warmbier went into a coma after contracting botulism … [Read more...] about What happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea, how long was he in a coma and when did he die?
Anne Saker The Cincinnati Enquirer Published 1:56 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 CINCINNATI — The death a year ago of Ohio's Otto Warmbier was the impetus for the extraordinary nuclear summit with Kim Jong Un, President Trump said Tuesday. After the summit in Singapore, Trump defended his repeated praise of Kim despite his distressing record on human rights. But Trump said without Warmbier's ordeal in North Korea, the meeting may not have happened: "Otto did not die in vain." Warmbier, 22, of Wyoming, Ohio, died June 19, 2017, six days after returning from North Korea, where he had been held as a prisoner of the state for 15 months. Warmbier was in desperate physical condition when he returned to Cincinnati in a state doctors at the University of Cincinnati called a state of "unresponsive wakefulness." The Kim government said it released Warmbier as a humanitarian gesture because he had fallen ill from botulism poisoning and a sleeping pill. Warmbier's parents, … [Read more...] about Trump on Otto Warmbier: ‘Otto did not die in vain’
The mother of US college student Otto Warmbier who was sent home from North Korea in a coma and died soon after, says her family will keep speaking out about the country's human rights violations to "rub their noses" in what they did and embarrass Kim Jong Un's government."I can't let Otto die in vain. ... We're not special, but we're Americans and we know what freedom's like, and we have to stand up for this. We have to," Cindy Warmbier told a UN symposium on human rights in North Korea on Thursday.Her comments have come at a sensitive time as Kim and US President Donald Trump plan a historic meeting, and a day after the US leader hinted at the imminent release of American prisoners being held in North Korea.Cindy and her husband Fred Warmbier have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea, saying its government tortured and killed their son. The lawsuit filed in US District Court in Washington, DC, last week seeks compensation for the death of their 22-year-old son in June … [Read more...] about Otto Warmbier’s mum speaks against NKorea
The parents of US student Otto Warmbier are suing North Korea over their son's death claiming he was "brutally tortured and murdered" by his captors. The wrongful-death suit was filed in an American District Court at a diplomatically delicate time, just weeks ahead of an expected meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in also are set to meet on Friday. "Otto was taken hostage, kept as a prisoner for political purposes, used as a pawn and singled out for exceptionally harsh and brutal treatment by Kim Jong Un," his father Fred Warmbier said in a statement. Warmbier, from Wyoming, Ohio, died at age 22 after being imprisoned in North Korea from January 2016 until he was returned to the United States in a coma. He died a few days later, and an Ohio coroner said the cause was lack of oxygen and blood to the brain. North Korea blamed botulism and ingestion of a sleeping pill and dismissed torture claims. The … [Read more...] about Parents of US student Otto Warmbier sue North Korea over son’s brutal murder