Jailed US student released in North Korea

Otto Frederick Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea since early January is taken to North Korea's

Otto Frederick Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea since early January is taken to North Korea's

Kim was charged in April, 2016 for espionage and sentenced to 10 years hard labor.During his trial Kim admitted that he was conducting espionage for South Korea and was connected to them through USA handlers. President Donald Trump's administration had no more luck than his predecessor, and Warmbier was kept in detention - sadly, we now know he was in a coma the whole time. The Warmbiers were told that shortly after his trial that their son contracted botulism.

"We learned of this only one week ago". "At the moment, we're just treating this like he's been in an accident".

Since last March, the U.S. had been pressing North Korea to let Swedish officials see the four Americans, the senior State Department official told CNN.

Mr Yun was then dispatched to North Korea and visited Mr Warmbier with two doctors on Monday, and demanded his release on humanitarian grounds.

Tillerson said the State Department is still working to secure the release of three other USA citizens detained in North Korea.

North Korea has released an American student who was serving a 15-year prison sentence there with hard labour.

Warmbier is a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati.

Tillerson says that Warmbier is on his way back to the U.S.to be re-united with his family. A person who answered the phone at Warmbier's family's OH residence said: "No comment, thank you" and hung up.

On Tuesday, Warmbier was evacuated from North Korea, accompanied by a medical team and a State Department representative.

Mr Warmbier's release comes hours after U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea, but it is not clear if the two events are linked.

"The Secretary of State has confirmed to me that Otto has been released by North Korea, and is being returned to his family". When asked, he said, "Well, I'm pretty sure he's pretty much happy with the fact that I'm over here trying to accomplish something that we both need", reported the Associated Press.

When he was at the airport about to leave the country, North Korean officials detained him.

Today, after 17-months in captivity, Warmbier was released and is being flown home to the United States.

The State Department said it was continuing to try to secure the release of three other Americans imprisoned in North Korea.

Rodman had nothing to do with the student's release, said the source familiar with the government's efforts to free Warmbier.

Mr. Rodman is the only American to have spent substantial time with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

A Department of State spokeswoman said that out of respect for the privacy of Warmbier's family, "we have no further comment".

Sometime during that week, Warmbier's family was notified of his condition, according to a statement released by the family. He was on a New Year's Eve tour in North Korea, before he was set to travel to Hong Kong for a study overseas experience in January.

Hours after video of the news conference emerged, the Obama administration announced broad new sanctions against North Korea.

There was no immediate confirmation from USA officials of North Korea's description of his illness - including whether he was stricken with botulism, a potentially fatal disease that is caused by a toxin but is not usually associated with loss of consciousness.

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