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Otto Warmbier's family make claim for North Korean ship 'Wise Honest' seized by US

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The parents of Otto Warmbier, an Ohio man who died after being imprisoned in North Korea, filed a legal claim Wednesday seeking the rights to a North Korean cargo ship seized by U.S. authorities.

Cynthia and Frederick Warmbier argued in the five-page filing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that it could stake a claim to the ship and use it to help pay for a $500 million judgment they have against North Korea for their son's death.

The U.S. had seized the ship, the 'Wise Honest,' in May 2019 in connection with a scheme to violate international sanctions against North Korea. Between November 2016 and April 2018, according to court documents, the ship was used by the Korea Songi Shipping Company to export coal to foreign purchasers – a direct violation of international sanctions prohibiting North Korea from exporting coal.

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Otto Warmbier's death was tragic, but we do not know that he was tortured or assassinated. The Warmbiers refused to allow their son to have an autopsy. The coroner found no signs of torture.

I am not going to judge his actions or the North Korean's reactions. What I object to is first and foremost is the demonizing of North Korea for 70 years by the US. The US created the situation, and millions of Koreans, and Otto Warmbier, have died as a result.

Our leaders actually think it is a good thing, and joke that dead North Korean fishermen are washing up on Japan beaches. Tillerson said it was proof that US sanctions are working. The US never pays for its millions of wrongful deaths.

Is a white American's life worth more than millions of North Koreans? Where is the outrage over the US instigated "economic sanctions", a blockade actually, that are still killing thousands of Koreans?

While some of the economic sanctions have been authorized by the UN does not make them any less inhumane. The UN has overstepped its authority by imposing economic sanctions on any country. The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned the UN that economic sanctions, embargoes and blockades are against the Geneva Conventions.

Even assuming the UN has the legal authority, we do know that it is at the instigation of the US.

North Korea has not instigated any threats against the US.

The US unilaterally divided Korea in 1945.

The US interfered in Korea's civil war of reunification. It colonized the South with Korean collaborators with Japan. The US crused South Korea's efforts for independence by slaughtering hundreds of thousands of "leftist" South Koreans.

The US backed repressive South Korean military dictators up until the 1990's. Under Carter, the US backed the crushing of the Gwangju Uprising in the 1980, killing thousands.

The US continues to occupy South Korea and has command control over their military.

The US violated the "Korean War" cease fire agreement by introducing nuclear weapons into South Korea in 1957.

The US continues to threaten North Korea with "all options on the table" which is a violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

North Korea has not violated any international law by withdrawing from the NNPT and acquiring nuclear weapons.

Every nation has a right to develop missiles.

The US refused to even meet with the North Koreans until just recently.

The US continues to block a peace treaty.

When not threatened by the US, the North Koreans are anxious to negotiate a peace treaty with the US, as seen by Kim Jung un willingness to meet with Trump.

Under Moon Jae-in the Koreans have been making progress on reuniting their country, while the US drags its feet.

The seizure of the North Korean ship is an act of piracy. It is further cutting off their lifeline of their ability to buy food, medicine and other necessities of life for their people.

Tens of thousands of Koreans are dying because of the US. No tears in the US media about their deaths. We know why.

P.S. As soon as WW2 was over we abandoned our best allies in Asia, such as Kim il Soon, Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong. Then sided with their Japanese and European colonizers. The US opposed ever anti-colonial war in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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Thanks for your as-usual insightful and profound comment. What do you think the Court will say about their claim?



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The fact the U.S. Court would even entertain such a claim, let alone feel such a matter is within their rights to rule on, just shows how completely corrupted things have gotten.

The Court will pass whatever judgment suits "U.S. interests", of course.

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I know you have a soft spot in your heart for Otto, and that is OK with me.....

I think the court will do whatever the State Department tells them.

What I wish is that the US would stop its belligerence towards DPRK, lift the sanctions, and let the Korean people determine their own future. We know that is not going to happen.

P.S. The US broke its agreement to let the Korean people elect their own government in 1948. Just like with Vietnam, the US knew that the communist party would win in a fair election. So the US orchestrated a phony election and established the ROK.

When the US "liberated" the southern part of Korea in 1945 they kept the Japanese colonial government, police and Korean collaborators in charge. The Japanese were treated like allies, and the Korean people were treated like the enemy. The first night the US and Japanese officers had a wild drunken party together. I have documented this in articles on my author's page.

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