DPRK-detained American returns home in coma

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman

A North Korean foreign ministry official said Mr Warmbier was released and left the country on Tuesday morning. Upon his release, Warmbier's parents were stunned to discover that their son had been in a coma for more than a year.

Fox News reported that Warmbier was on a military plane expected to land in Cincinnati late Tuesday, after which he would receive urgent hospital treatment.

March 2016 to present: The United States consistently urges that North Korea allow Sweden consular access to Otto and three other American citizens, and pushes for their release. The news of Warmbier's release were confirmed by the US Secretary of State.

CINCINNATI (AP) - An American college student who was released from a North Korean prison is finally home but in a coma and undergoing treatment at an OH hospital where he was taken shortly after arriving on USA soil.

Yun discussed the situation with Secretary of State Tillerson and President Trump, who sent him to North Korea to bring Warmbier home.

The post US college student freed from North Korea after falling into extended coma appeared first on PBS NewsHour. In response, the US has taken a tough tack, and recently began deploying the advanced anti-missile defense known as THAAD to South Korea. But the nation still has three more Americans in its jails.

22-year-old Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly snatching a propaganda poster from his hotel.

Warmbier was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor in North Korea for alleged anti-state acts.

Sullivan says the university community has Warmbier's family in its thoughts and prayers as he returns home.

In that meeting about a week ago, Yun was told that Warmbier had contracted botulism a year ago and went into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

U.S. college student Otto Warmbier was flown from North Korea to Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, and quickly brought to a hospital.

ANNA FIFIELD: I think the North Koreans have probably realized that they did need to get rid of Otto Warmbier at some stage, that he wasn't recovering, and they needed to hand him back. Warmbier was one of four Americans being held in North Korea. The official referred to them as "hostages". "My goal is to go over there and try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea".

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday called North Korea the "most urgent and unsafe threat to peace and security", noting that its nuclear and missile programs have progressed despite global condemnation and warnings.

A United States national security spokesman, Michael Anton, told CNN there is no connection between Rodman's visit and Warmbier's release. "Rodman is in the unusual position of being an acquaintance of both President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un", NPR's Rob Schmitz noted.

"For all of Kim Jong Un's bravado and his flaunting of the threat of nuclear-armed missiles, he really, really does not want an American citizen to perish under his custody", said Danny Russel, a State Department official on sabbatical who served as senior Asia director at the National Security Council in the Obama administration.

"I'm just trying to open the door", the eccentric ex-Chicago Bulls power forward told reporters at Beijing airport before boarding his Air Koryo flight.

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