Sen. Lee, Rep. Stewart Urge Pres. Trump to Consider North Korean Government Involvement in David Sneddon Disappearance

June 26, 2017

WASHINGTON - Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) sent a letter to President Trump in preparation for this week’s summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in regarding the disappearance of BYU student David Louis Sneddon from China in 2004. The letter urges the President to consider the possibility that the North Korean government was responsible for David’s disappearance. Lee and Stewart cite reports from regional experts to support that possibility.

The letter reads in part, “The tragic death of Otto Wambier last week illustrates the continued danger that North Korea poses to Americans in the region as its government tries to gain an asymmetric advantage and diplomatic leverage over the United States and our allies. North Korean leaders should be held accountable for this deplorable crime and deterred from harming Americans citizens in the future, including harm to the three we know to be in captivity now.”

Resolutions from Congressman Stewart and Senator Lee calling on the State Department and intelligence community to work together with regional allies on continued investigation into David’s case passed the House of Representatives and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last year.