If anyone is feeling sympathetic toward North Korea as its war of words with the US ramps up, Otto Warmbier's family has a message: "North Korea is not a victim. They're terrorists." In their first lengthy comments since Warmbier's death days after the 22-year-old University of Virginia student was released by North Korea in June, Fred and Cindy Warmbier lashed out at the North Korean regime in an interview with Fox & Friends on Tuesday. They described their first sight of Warmbier on a stretcher inside the plane that brought him to the US. He was blind, deaf, and "jerking violently, making these inhuman sounds," said Fred, who also said "it looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged his bottom teeth."
There were other injuries, too, including a large scar on his right foot, the couple says. Warmbier—whom doctors believe suffered brain damage consistent with cardiopulmonary arrest—died less than a week later, per the Washington Post. A North Korean Foreign Ministry rep at the time said only that Warmbier had fallen into a coma linked to botulism during his 17-month imprisonment for subversion, but that his death was "a mystery." In reality, "they kidnapped Otto. They tortured him" and "they destroyed him," his parents told Fox & Friends, asking that North Korea be listed as a state sponsor of terrorism. President Trump referred to the "great" interview in a tweet Tuesday, noting "Otto was tortured beyond belief by North Korea."