The parents of Otto Warmbier appeared on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning to slam North Korea in their first interview since their son’s death.
The 22-year-old American student was arrested in North Korea in 2016, and suffered a “severe neurological injury” whilst in captivity that he would later die from once returned to the United States.
“It’s been three months since Otto has died and we buried him,” Otto’s father Fred Warmbier said on Fox News. “And our family has had time to come together and process this horrible situation and do some healing.”
Fred then addressed North Korea, in light of escalating tensions between Pyongyang and the United States:
“But now we see North Korea claiming to be a victim, and that the world is picking on them,” he said. “And we’re here to tell you, North Korea is not a victim, they’re terrorists.”
“They kidnapped Otto, they tortured him, they intentionally injured him. They are not victims, they are terrorists.”
Fred described the moment he and Otto’s mother, Cindy Warmbier, first saw their son on a stretcher on a plane when he was returned to the United States.
“He was jerking violently making these inhuman sounds,” Fred recalled. “Otto had a shaved head, he had a feeding tube coming out of his nose, he was staring blankly into space jerking violently. 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.”
“Within two days of Otto being home, his fever spiked to 104 degrees,” Fred continued. “He had a large scar on his right foot. North Korea is not a victim. They’re terrorists.”
“They destroyed him,” Cindy said.
Fred concluded by calling for North Korea to be listed as a state sponsor of terror.
Watch above, via Fox News.
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