Seized North Korean ship sought for American student’s death

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FILE – In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea. Warmbier’s parents have filed a claim for the North Korean cargo ship seized in May 2019 by the United States in a bid to collect a $500 million judgment awarded in the American college student’s death. Otto Warmbier was imprisoned in North Korea for months after being convicted of trying to steal a propaganda poster and died days after being returned to the U.S. in a vegetative state in June 2017. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of Otto Warmbier have filed a claim for a seized North Korean cargo ship in a bid to collect a multimillion-dollar judgment in the American college student’s death.

Attorneys for the Warmbiers said in a court filing Wednesday they have a right to the assets after North Korea failed to respond to their wrongful death claim.

The Warmbiers say their son was tortured after being convicted of trying to steal a propaganda poster and imprisoned for months.

He died days after being returned to the U.S. in a vegetative state in 2017. A U.S. judge has ordered North Korea to pay more than $500 million in the Warmbiers’ wrongful death suit.

North Korea has denied mistreating Warmbier.

The U.S. seized the cargo ship in May because it was carrying coal in violation of U.N. sanctions.

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