Parents of detained student who died sue for seized North Korean ship

Parents of detained student who died sue for seized North Korean ship

The family of Otto Warmbier has filed a claim for a North Korean cargo ship seized by the United States in May as part in the $500 million judgment awarded to them by a USA court against the North Korean regime, reported Fox News.

The Trump administration negotiated his release, but when he was returned to the United States in June 2017, he was in a vegetative state, described as "blind, deaf, and brain dead".

A federal judge ruled on December 24, 2018, that North Korea was liable for the torture, hostage-taking, and extrajudicial killing of Warmbier, awarding his family $500 million in damages.

The parents of Otto Warmbier have filed a claim for a seized North Korean cargo ship in a bid to collect a multimillion-dollar judgment in the United States college student's death.

United States Special Representative on North Korea Stephen Biegun will visit Europe this week to meet with European officials and his South Korean counterpart to discuss North Korea's denuclearization. US authorities believe the ship, now in their possession, was among a fleet transporting coal from North Korea and returning with heavy machinery, disregarding USA and United Nations sanctions.

North Korean officials didn't tell USA officials that Warmbier had been comatose for 17 months.

US District Judge Beryl Howell ruled past year that North Korea "more likely than not barbarically tortured Otto to extract a false confession" and used his lengthy prison sentence as leverage to further its foreign policy objectives. The country has not paid anything to the Warmbier family, the filing said.

The cause of Warmbier's coma has never been established: The parents allege it was a result of torture, while the Kim regime maintains it was caused by botulism and sleeping pills.

More: President Trump on Otto Warmbier: From "brutal regime.we'll handle it" to 'I will take (Kim) at his word.' Experts previously told The Washington Post the judgment would be hard or impossible to enforce.

Mr Trump, in a telephone call with UK Prime Minister Theresa May last Friday, discussed the "final, fully verified" removal of nuclear weapons in North Korea, among other national security topics, according to a White House statement. The remarks were a sign of the family's frustration with Trump's embrace of Kim, which recently included stepping over the military demarcation line between the Koreas and becoming the first sitting USA president to set foot in North Korea.

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