New York • The parents of Otto Warmbier have filed a petition for a confiscated North Korean cargo ship to seek the payment of a million-dollar judgment in the death of the American college student.
The Warmbiers have filed a lawsuit Newspapers on Wednesday in New York state court said they had a right to assets after North Korea failed to respond to an illegal obituary alleging that they had abducted hot beer before studying abroad
The Warmbiers say that their son was tortured after being convicted of stealing a propaganda poster and imprisoned for months.
"Warmbiers are committed to bringing North Korea to justice for the death of their son Otto and will work." Ben Hatch, a family lawyer, said in an e-mail that he was tirelessly trying to confiscate North Korean assets wherever he went
North Korea denied allegations from relatives of torturing warm beer and said it was "receiving genuine medical treatment and care."
President Donald Trump has condemned the treatment of hot beer, but said at the beginning of this Year, he does not believe that North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un knew or would have allowed it to happen.
North Korea failed to respond to the unlawful death suit that it accused of capturing hot beer at Pyongyang Airport "to try to win several concessions from the United States government."
US District Judge Beryl Howell ruled last year that North Korea "most barbarically tortured Otto to make a false confession," and used his lengthy jail as a lever to push his foreign policy goals
Recent court documents have demanded that Warmbier's parents have a right to the North Korean cargo ship seized by the US in May for carrying coal in violation of UN sanctions.
The ship, North Korea's second largest cargo ship, was first captured by Indonesia in April 2018 when it was transporting a large amount of coal. The US later announced that it had confiscated the 17,061-ton carrier in a kind of enforcement action that was in a tense moment in relations with North Korea.