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Former Envoy Urges United States To Keep Promise To Pay North Korean Student’s Release

by Chandrani Sarkar | April 30, 2019

On Monday, the former US diplomat has secured the release of North Korean student Otto Warmbier, claims that Washington should honor the pledge to pay Pyongyang $2 million for the student’s health care.

The ex-US special envoy Joseph Yun has confirmed that he had signed an agreement with North Korea for the payment of the money ahead Warmbier was flown out of Pyongyang in a blackout on June 13, 2017. He took his last breath days after returning home.

On Sunday, White House National Security Adviser John Bolto said in a TV interview that while the agreement had been signed, no payment had been made to the North Korean.

In 2018, Joseph Yun has retired from his post and presently he is a global affairs analyst for CNN, claims on the network that he believed the US should respect his commitment.

Yun continued, “My view is, yes. If you’ve signed, if you promised another government from the US government that you would make the payment, my view is certainly that we should go ahead and meet our end of the commitment.”

He further said that as early as North Korea made the demand he connected the then Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, who permits him to go ahead and sign the agreement. Inquired if he believed Tillerson had approved President Donald Trump, Jun replied: “That was my understanding. I never asked him. But that was my understanding.”

Last week, the Washington Post has reported that President Trump had approved the payment of $2 million bill from Pyongyang to cover its care of Warmbier, who was arrested in North Korea for around 17 months.  

In a reply on Twitter posts, the US President said that “no money was paid” but didn’t address whether any agreement had been made or not.

Warmbier died in the US, six days after his release from North Korea. Reports claims that he died from scarcity of blood and oxygen to his brain. However, North Korea has rejected all the claims that it tortured the student and blamed food poisoning and also a sleeping pill behind the reason for his death.  

Otto Warmbier was a student of Virginia University visited North Korea, was punished with 15-years hard labor for trying to theft an item bearing a  propaganda slogan from the hotel.