UPDATED 1:11 PM PT – Thursday, April 25, 2019
Adding insult to injury, new reports have revealed North Korea billed the U.S. two million dollars for the hospital care of deceased American Otto Warmbier.
Pyongyang reportedly insisted a U.S. official sign a pledge to pay the bill in 2017 before sending the Ohio native home.
Back in 2016, Warmbier was jailed in North Korea and was in a coma when he was returned to the U.S. However, he died shortly after without regaining consciousness.
U.S. envoy signed the pledge under instructions from President Trump, but it remains unclear if the administration paid the bill.
“It’s a total disgrace what happened to Otto. That should never, ever be allowed to happen and, frankly, if he were brought home sooner I think the result would have been a lot different. He should have been brought home that same day. The result would have been a lot different, but what happened to Otto is a disgrace.”
— President Trump
The Warmbier family said they were not previously aware of the bill, but they said it sounded like a ransom.