After finally being returned to his family here in the United States, Otto Warmbier has passed away. The young man ventured to North Korea in 2016, for what was supposed to be just a few days. Unfortunately, the North Korean government detained him for supposedly stealing a political poster from a “restricted area” of the hotel he had stayed in.
Reports say the cruel North Korean regime sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor.
After 17 months, he was returned to the US in a vegetative state. His family believes he was tortured and suffered severe brain damage. The North Korean government claimed Otto fell into a coma after he contracted botulism and took a sleeping pill, but medical examiners have found no trace of the disease.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) commented, “Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime.”
Otto was home for one week before his untimely passing and died on Monday, surrounded by his loving family. He was just 22 years old.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly played a substantial role in pushing for Otto’s return as part of President Trump’s mission to free North Korea’s American hostages. State Dept. During a meeting with North Korean UN Mission Ambassador Pak Kil-yon, Special Representative Joseph Yun learned of Otto’s fate on June 6th. On June 12, Yun went to North Korea with a medical team to secure a humanitarian release for Otto. The next day, Warmbier was on a plane home.
When Otto arrived in Cincinnati on June 13th, he was completely unresponsive, but the family says they believe he knew he was finally home. “Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day, the countenance of his face changed—he was at peace. He was home, and we believe he could sense that,” they said.
His father has lauded Team Trump for doing their best to bring Otto home and has also chastised the Obama administration for their recommended “low profile” approach, which failed their son. President Donald Trump has denounced the “brutality” of the North Korean regime and stated we as a nation “mourn its latest victim.”