Northern Korea sent us a bill two years ago for $2 million for the hospital care of Otto Warmbier while he was a kidnapping prisoner in northern Korea. The bill was part of the process of getting Warmbier when his vegetative body finally was released.
Couple things about this.
One is that Warmbier received no medical treatment worthy of the name, much less “hospital” care. It’s necessary only to review his condition when he was, finally, returned to his family in the US.
Another is that the medical care Warmbier so desperately needed would not have been needed had northern Korea’s functionaries not tortured Warmbier for as long and as enthusiastically as they did. That medical care would not have been needed had northern Korea’s functionaries not tortured Warmbier at all, but instead treated him humanely while they held him in their kidnapping facility.
The costs, such as they are, are solely the responsibility of northern Korea.
The proper response to this “bill” should be to treat it like the sick joke that it is and not respond to it. Not at all. Not even to acknowledge it.