President Donald Trump has changed his position on Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea in 2016 for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster.
In a statement on Thursday during his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Trump said: “He (Kim) tells me that he didn’t know about it and I will take him at his word.”
Otto Warmbier’s parents are demanding $1.1 billion from North Korea in compensation for their son’s death.
Warmbier was arrested for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster in January 2016. Originally sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, he returned to the U.S. in a coma and died later in June 2017.
Frank and Cindy Warmbier, parents of the late Otto Warmbier, have come forward in a series of interviews to share their feelings and experiences on their son’s mistreatment, urging the world to recognize Kim Jong Un and his regime as terrorists.
This is the first time the Warmbiers have been this detailed about the barbaric abuse their son received while in North Korean detention; now, they’re condemning the government for the brutality inflicted upon him which ultimately lead to his death.
A professor at the University of Delaware will not be returning to teach at the university after making harsh comments on Otto Warmbier barely a week after his death.
Kathy Dettwyler, who teaches anthropology, said that Otto “got what he deserved” and called him “typical of a mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males who come into my classes.”
Clients of the travel company that took Otto Warmbier to his tragic fate in North Korea are now speaking out on the volatile culture that may have played a part in the events leading up to Warmbier’s arrest and subsequent death.
Gareth Johnson is the founder of Young Pioneer Tours (YPT), the China-based tourist company used by Otto Warmbier, which promises clients an “unparalleled experience, fun way of doing things”, according to their website.
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Otto Warmbier, the U.S. college student who was detained in North Korea for more than 17 months before coming back home to Ohio last week, has died, his family said Monday.
The 22-year-old former University of Virginia student was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster in North Korea.
North Korea reported that Warmbier been in a coma for months after he reportedly contracted botulism and took a sleeping pill. However, doctors in the U.S. have found no evidence to back those claims after examining him, according to CNN.
The 22-year-old former University of Virginia student has reportedly been in a coma for over a year after contracting botulism.
The parents of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea, are hoping for their son’s participation in any negotiations with the reclusive regime amid bilateral tensions.
Otto was arrested on January 2, 2016, for allegedly stealing a political banner from his hotel in Pyongyang. Later, he was made to confess his crime before a panel — a bizarre admission widely speculated to be under duress.
Otto Warmbier, the 21-year-old University of Virginia college student sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a North Korean propaganda poster from his hotel may have done it to try and impress a secret society at UVA.
Before his harsh sentencing for the crime of petty theft committed in the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang, Warmbier, who is also a member of the Theta Chi fraternity, was made to confess his crimes before a panel.
American college student Otto Warmbier, 21, was recently sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after being found guilty for “hostile acts” against the state by trying to steal a propaganda banner from the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang where he was staying.
Unless U.S. diplomats can convince the totalitarian state to grant special amnesty for Warmbier, the Cincinnati, Ohio native may not taste freedom until he is 36.