Otto Warmbier's parents have called for North Korea to be classified as a state sponsor of terrorism, after they claim it "systematically tortured" and "injured" their son.
Yesterday (September 26) Fred and Cindy Warmbier appeared on Fox and Friends to take part in their first interview since their son passed away in June, according to NK News.
Otto Warmbier had been sent back to America just a few days before his death from North Korea for medical reasons. He had been jailed for allegedly stealing a hotel sign in Pyongyang.
The couple were asked whether they had a message for Donald Trump in relation to the matter and the father responded: “It was astounding to Cindy and I that North Korea is not listed as a state sponsor of terror. We owe it to the world to list North Korea as a state sponsor of terror."
He also said that North Korea is claiming to be a victim that is picked on by the world but "we are here to tell you North Korea is not a victim. They are terrorists."
When Otto Warmbier was sent back to the US reports claimed he was in a coma with North Korea claiming he had botulism, a chronic illness characterised by fatigue and weakness.
But according to Sky News Fred Warmbier said it was "completely unfair" to suggest his son was in a coma and he was "systematically tortured and intentionally injured by Kim Jong-un and his regime."
The cause of Otto's death is still unknown but his parents said that when he returned to America “'he was blind, he was deaf…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 purposefully and intentionally injured Otto."
Between 1988 and 2008 North Korea was classed as a state sponsor of terrorism, however this status was removed by the Bush administration.