New York City has a strong but poignant message to Kim Jong Un.
This road is home to the North Korean government working group that travels to the United Nations. It will soon be named “The Otto Warmbier” after a 22-year-old American college student who was brutally tortured and sent home to die by the Kim regime in 2017.
“We are a symbol of the human rights of people around the world. And we face each other in this city Both dictators and tyrants in the past,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This is the place where international efforts are leading up against oppression.”
The mayor told Fox News at a news conference at the town hall that he definitely supports naming the street after Warmbier.
Warmbier plans to move to New York City in the summer of 2016 and work on a paid internship with the financial firm Millstein & Co. He was scheduled to live in Manhattan after he graduated from the University of Virginia. Instead, he was arrested for perjury while he was leaving North Korea with his friends. A student who was on a study abroad trip during his nearly 18 months incarceration. Warmbeer was tortured and eventually sent home to Cincinnati, where he suffered severe brain damage and was unable to see or hear. He died on June 19, 2017, just days after returning home.
Kim Jong Un has apparently lost weight, causing health speculations.
Now, Warmbier’s name may be a permanent reminder of the brutality of Kim’s regime and a symbol of human rights. If the New York City Council approves the proposal to name the roads of the North Korean mission after him.
“No government is more oppressive than the North Korean government,” de Blasio said, “and the fact that Americans have died is something we have to remember. And we need to honor his family. And we need to speak out against the oppression that North Koreans face every day.”
The North Korean government has its diplomatic headquarters in an office building at 820 Second Avenue on Manhattan’s east side. One block away from the United Nations The facades along streets 43 to 44 will be named in honor of Warmbier and street signs will be posted. It is a clear and lasting reminder to North Korean diplomats and the United Nations international community about the regime’s inhumanity and killings. of young Americans
De Blasio is the latest government official to endorse the “Otto Warmbier Way”, which is gaining widespread support from both sides.
An honorary street naming was first proposed by New York City Councilor Joe Borelli. of Ar-Staten Island in 2019 and attracted many high-powered names to the event. including two former foreign ministers, former UN ambassadors and local officials
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Otto’s parents, Cindy and Fred Warmbier, supported the effort to name the street after their son.
President Biden’s special envoy for climate John Kerry, who served as secretary of state when Otto was arrested, told Fox News: “I think it’s more than appropriate. It’s important. Otto’s family and friends in Ohio remember him every day. They are always grieving. But in New York, at the UN, North Korea should see the daily name of the young man who was supposed to be alive today. The world should know that we remember and we care – it’s part of You insist that no one is allowed to forget the Otto Warmbier tragedy. You always have to fight forgetting.”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “The tragic death of Warm Beer’s Mr. Kim Jong Un. It should remind all of us how precious freedom and life are.”
Pompeo said “This should also remind us of what is too easy to give up: there is evil in the world. And the barbarians who lead North Korea are part of it,” Pompeo said. “One of the highlights of my time as secretary of state was bringing three Americans home from the hands of the regime. But the joy I felt that night was alleviated by the knowledge that we couldn’t do the same for Otto and his family. Otto’s bright future is crushed by North Korea’s inhumanity. This made it our duty to remember him for me. It is fitting to name this street in New York City in honor of Otto as a reminder to North Koreans and to the world that America will never experience a brutal dictatorship without responding. that we value life and that we will not rest until we face those responsible for their evil deeds.”
Representative Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who represents the county, said: “We must not forget the death of Otto Warmbier and the brutality of the arrest by the North Korean government. I support …(the) mission to create the “Otto Warmbier Way” and remind North Korea’s mission to the United Nations of the county’s values. We and our strong stand against totalitarian dictatorship, Otto is a young man who was taken from this world too soon and I hope we will continue to remember his name for many years to come.”
City officials recently supported the latest honorary street names, which range from the Black Lives Matter movement to the teenagers killed in the 1989 racially motivated attacks to the former Yemeni president Ibrahim al-Hamid. who was assassinated in 1977
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The previous street name change included the corner of 42nd Street and 12th Street where the Chinese Consulate Building is located. The “Tiananmen Square Corner” honors the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, the corner of 67th Street and Third Avenue, the site of Russia’s mission to the United Nations. Named “Sakharov-Bonner Corner” in honor of the late Soviet human rights activist Andrei Sakharov. and his wife, human rights activist Yelena Bonner.
Former Governor of New Mexico and US Ambassador At the United Nations, Bill Richardson worked to secure Otto’s release. Meeting with Kim’s diplomat in Manhattan, Democrat Richardson told Fox News: “It is very fitting that Otto Warmbier’s legacy is honored and such a tragedy will not happen again, especially in North Korea. It is important that North Koreans think of Otto Warmbier every time they see his name near a diplomatic mission in New York.”
Former US ambassador to UN Kelly Craft, a Republican, said: “For generations, New York City has been a symbol of human rights, freedom and tolerance. Otto Warmbier is becoming a New Yorker. but his future must be brutally severed.” Shortened by the dictator who killed him because he was an American, Otto on the corner of 44th Street would serve as a reminder to the regime’s representative Kim Jong Un killing the United Nations and the international community about the consequences. cruel of dictatorship while upholding the humane values that New Yorkers and all Americans across the nation hold.”
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The draft law, as well as the renaming of all honorary roads. It had to be passed by the 51-member New York City Council and then signed into law by de Blasio.
“We have a good track record of standing up against those who try. And we should keep doing it,” de Blasio said. “Whether it’s facing the apartheid of the South African regime or much more oppressing their people, in this city we stand for human rights. Crash and dignity, and I think, again, no – there is no worse regime in the world. more than North Korea So I’m very comfortable that we need this to end up with them as well.”
Fox News’ Ben Evansky contributed to the report.
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