The parents of American student Otto Warmbier, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, recently broke their silence and gave an interview to Fox and Friends wherein they pulled no punches about what happened to their son, and about those they feel are responsible for his death.
“It’s been three months since Otto has died and we buried him. Our family has had to come together and process this horrible situation, do some healing. But now we see North Korea claiming to be a victim and the world is picking on them, 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’re terrorists,” Fred Warmbier said.
Cindy Warmber said flatly that North Korea “destroyed” her son.
When Cindy was asked why she thought North Korea ultimately decided to return Otto to the United States, Fred tersely jumped in:
“Why would you question what a terrorist country does? They’re terrorists. This is what they do. They kidnapped Otto. They tortured him.”
The Warmbiers have asked that North Korea to be designated as a terrorist state. Through The Washington Post, a State Department representative responded on Wednesday, saying, “As a matter of law, in order for any country to be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, the Secretary of State must determine that the government of that country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism. These designations are made after careful review of all available evidence to determine if a country meets the statutory criteria for designation.”
“The Department of State will take immediate action if credible evidence supports North Korea’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism under the statutory criteria.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large