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North Korea demanded $2 million before agreeing to return Otto Warmbier

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The money was allegedly for Warmbier's medical care

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North Korea reportedly demanded $2 million for the release of American Otto Warmbier in 2017, citing Warmbier's alleged medical costs. Warmbier died shortly after being released.

What happened with Otto Warmbier?

Warmbier was a 22-year-old college student who was arrested in North Korea in 2016 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. He was accused of stealing a propaganda poster while on a tour.

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