Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Otto Warmbier’s Parents Demand Sale of North Korean Ship

Otto Warmbier’s Parents Demand Sale of North Korean Ship

The parents of Otto Warmbier have filed a claim for a North Korean cargo ship that the us seized in May, arguing that it could be used to pay off part of the $500 million judgment against the country.

Otto Warmbier's family won at $500 million lawsuit against the North Korean government in December over his treatment.

The move is another step in Fred and Cindy Warmbier's fight to get justice as North Korea's handling of their son's case becomes a flash point in the broader geopolitical drama playing out between the United States and Kim Jong Un's regime. The 22-year-old died days after being returned to the USA in a vegetative state in 2017.

The family of Otto Warmbier is chasing down North Korean assets.

Prosecutors said the ship transported coal to other countries and carried heavy machinery into North Korea, according to CNN.

The U.S. seized the cargo ship in May, saying the country had violated sanctions prohibiting most worldwide commerce.

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The US call for this expulsion came with a US allegation that North Korea had violated a cap on petroleum imports. President, it has been claimed.

After the ship's detention, senior Justice Department officials called the seizure the first of its kind, and said it was part of the USA campaign of "maximum pressure" against the North Korean government to stand-down as a nuclear weapons power.

A North Korean court sentenced Warmbier to 15 years in prison in March 2016 for the alleged theft. 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. Six days after he was returned to the United States, his parents had his feeding tube removed and he died, at age 22.

She ordered North Korea to pay $501 million for its "barbaric mistreatment" of Warmbier, saying the Jewish student's family "experienced North Korea's brutality first-hand".

Trump has been engaged in diplomatic overtures with North Korea, making an impromptu visit a week ago to the DMZ demarcation line dividing the two Koreas, which have technically been in a state of war since the 1950s. Experts previously told The Washington Post the judgment would be hard or impossible to enforce.

"I really believe something very bad happened to him", Trump said of Warmbier after meeting with Kim in February. 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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