North Korea insisted the USA agree to pay $2 million in medical costs in 2017 before it released detained American college student Otto Warmbier while he was in a coma, a former US official said Thursday.
He died in June 2017, shortly after he returned to the U.S.in a coma and showing apparent signs of torture while in custody.
Kinzinger pointed out that North Korea certainly didn't give Warmbier $2 million worth of health care.
Yun and an emergency medicine doctor, Michael Flueckiger, traveled to Pyongyang on a medical evacuation plane.
The White House reportedly declined to comment.
Beyond noting that the bill didn't get paid, Trump hasn't commented on the insult; he's letting actions speak for him. And I've gotten approximately - I think it's 20 or 21 out. "These are diplomatic exchanges and negotiations that I do not confirm".
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At the beginning of the talks, Trump showed his willingness to agree on a trade pact before his state visit to Japan from May 25. North Korea is also likely to come up in conversation, after the president's failed summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said the United States doesn't owe North Korea anything. He was in a coma upon arrival and died just days later.
President Trump has previously denied that his administration has paid any sum of money for the release of US hostages in the pariah state. North Korea has denied any wrongdoing and refuses to pay, insisting that Warmbier was treated in a "humanitarian" way.
Warmbier's parents issued a sharp statement in March after Trump said he believed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's assertion not to have known how their son was treated. On June 19, Trump invited Lewandowski, then a lobbyist, to the Oval Office and told him to dictate a message for Sessions, who was to say publicly that Trump "hasn't done anything wrong" and he was limiting Mueller to "investigating election meddling for future elections".
North Korea has taken Americans as hostages before, and this is not the first time Pyongyang has threatened huge hospital bills for American citizens it had detained. Even for North Korea, a ransom demand under those circumstances would be surprisingly arrogant, though, and so an order to sign off on it would be ...
By the end of his detention in November 2014, after another spell in hospital, Bae calculated the North Koreans would be charging him $300,000.