North Korea reportedly billed U.S. $2 million for Otto Warmbier’s care


Otto Warmbier is taken to North Korea’s top court in Pyongyang in this photo released on March 16, 2016. He was later released from captivity and died shortly after being returned to his family.

North Korea reportedly billed the U.S. $2 million for the hospital care of American student Otto Warmbier, who died shortly after being returned to his family in June 2017.

The Washington Post reported on the bill for Warmbier, who fell into a coma the night he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor in March 2016. The report said the bill went to the Treasury Department but it’s unclear whether it was paid.

The Post said the White House declined to comment. President Donald Trump has said his administration paid “nothing” to get American “hostages” out of North Korea, whose leader, Kim Jong Un, he has met twice.

Warmbier was convicted on charges related to taking down a propaganda sign in a Pyongyang hotel in January 2016. Fred Warmbier, Otto’s father, told the Post he’d never been told about the hospital bill and that it sounded like “ransom” for his late son.

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