Otto Warmbier’s parents in interview: “North Korea is not a victim”

About three months ago, Otto Warmbier passed away just a few days after he returned to the US. Yesterday, his parents opened up about their heartbreaking reunion with their son: “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.”
Otto Warmbier Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The parents of Otto Warmbier, the young American student who passed away about three months ago after being detained in a North Korean prison for a year and a half, were interviewed by Fox News Tuesday. During the interview, they attacked North Korea, saying: “North Korea is not a victim. They’re terrorists.” Fred Warmbier, Otto’s father, added: “They kidnapped Otto. They tortured him. They intentionally injured him. They are not victims.”

Otto was arrested in North Korea in 2016 on suspicion of trying to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel. He was released in June 2017 even though he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. When he returned to the US, his parents discovered that he had been in a coma for over a year.

His father recalled the horrifying reunion after more than 17 months apart: “Otto had a shaved head, he had a feeding tube coming out of his nose, he was staring blankly into space. 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 weren’t prepared,” Otto’s mother added. “No mother, no parent should ever have gone through what we went through.”

US President Donald Trump praised the Warmbiers’ interview with Fox and Friends on Twitter: “Great interview on @foxandfriends with the parents of Otto Warmbier: 1994 - 2017. Otto was tortured beyond belief by North Korea.”



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