During an interview on Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends,” the father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who died after North Korea imprisoned him, described members of the North Korean regime as “terrorists” and called on the United States government to designate the regime as a state sponsor of terror.
Tuesday was Cindy and Fred Warmbier’s first televised interview since their son’s death. Warmbier’s parents wanted to speak out to dispel the notion that North Korea was some kind of victim amid international pressure to scale down its nuclear program.
“Now, we see North Korea claiming to be a victim and that the world is picking on them. And we’re here to tell you, North Korea is not a victim. They’re terrorists,” Fred Warmbier told Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt.
When Earhardt asked the Warmbiers what they wanted to tell President Donald Trump, Fred said the country owed “it to the world to list North Korea as a state sponsor of terror.”
“It was astounding to Cindy and I to discover that North Korea is not listed as a state sponsor of terror,” Fred added.
As a way to evince North Korea’s brutality, Warmbier’s father depicted their first encounter with their son as well as his horrific conditions:
“We were in a waiting room with the medical team as the plane arrived. It was determined that the medical team would go on the plane before our family. They went on the plane five minutes or so later they came down and they said it was time for our family to go to the plane. It was myself, Cindy, Austin, and Greta. We walked over to the plane, the engines are still humming, they had just landed. We walked up the steps, when we got halfway up the steps we heard this howling, involuntary, inhuman sound. We weren’t really certain what it was. We climbed to the top of the steps and we looked in and Otto was on the stretcher, across in the plane, and he was jerking violently, making these inhuman sounds.
Cindy and Greta ran off the plane. Austin and I walked over to Otto. 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. He had a large scar on his right foot.”
“They destroyed him,” Cindy added.
Watch the Warmbiers’ interview below, via Fox News.