N.Korea frees student in coma after high-level U.S. visit

N.Korea frees student in coma after high-level U.S. visit

N.Korea frees student in coma after high-level U.S. visit

A statement issued in NY by a Rodman publicist said the former National Basketball Association player is in the rare position of being friends with the leaders of both North Korea and the United States.

He had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. "So, we are grateful today that he is released and he is on his way back to the United States".

Three other USA citizens are being detained in North Korea, at a time when Kim Jong Un has been firing missiles and threatening to strike the United States.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

A military aircraft landed in Cincinnati late Tuesday night, bringing American student Otto Warmbier home from captivity in North Korea.

VOA Correspondent Brian Padden reported this story from Seoul.

She spoke via Skype from Tokyo.

Administration officials said Monday was the first time the United States was able to confirm Warmbier's status after he was sentenced, and the official said Yun immediately demanded the North Koreans release Warmbier on humanitarian grounds.

And that started the ball rolling to have him medically evacuated. "Since we also have our citizens detained in the North. we are putting pressure on the North to free them through various channels", he said, vowing "utmost efforts".

Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement that they have been told their son has been in a coma since March 2016, and they had learned of this only one week ago.

In a televised trial, he was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor as he publicly confessed to trying to steal a propaganda banner. But the claim that marijuana is legal in North Korea is not true: The penal code lists it as a controlled substance in the same category as cocaine and heroin. Officials involving with securing Warmbier's release told The Washington Post that Rodman had nothing to do with it.

"During his time in our country, USA citizen Kim Sang Duk attempted to overthrow the state, a hostile crime".

But Anna Fifield says, this time, the North had appeared unwilling to bargain.

The three are businessman Kim Dong Chul, arrested in April 2016, and two academics at the Western-funded, private Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-Song, arrested in April and May this year.

This has obviously led to intense speculation the former Chicago Bulls star's fifth visit to North Korea is purely to free the three USA citizens in custody in North Korea.

Pyongyang's attitude changed in May. The United States does not have a diplomatic mission in North Korea.

He later wrote to Kim Jong Un asking for Bae's release.

Anyone wanting to own a larger-than-life Kim will have to await the end of North Korea's nuclear program. In response, the USA has taken a tough tack, and recently began deploying the advanced anti-missile defense known as THAAD to South Korea.

"Tillerson said North Korea will be at the top of the agenda at high-level talks between the US and China next week". U.S. officials then urged those with the ability to persuade Pyongyang to ratchet up the pressure to get him released, said a source, who is familiar with the government's efforts.

But U.S. officials said Rodman's visit was purely coincidental.

"While the entire University of Virginia community is relieved to learn of Otto's release from North Korea, we are deeply concerned and saddened to learn from his family that he is in a coma", said U.Va.'s president, Teresa Sullivan, in a statement Tuesday.

Recommended News

  • Video to form three-quarters of mobile traffic by 2022

    Video to form three-quarters of mobile traffic by 2022

    By the end of 2022, total smartphone mobile data traffic will have increased 9X, reaching 66 ExaBytes per month. Ericsson estimates around 29 billion connected devices by 2022, out of which 18 billion will be related to IoT.
    No sex, avoid meat, be spiritual: AYUSH ministry's advice to pregnant women

    No sex, avoid meat, be spiritual: AYUSH ministry's advice to pregnant women

    The booklet also advises pregnant women to eat a sattvic diet (deemed calming on the body and mind), read books about great people, and think spiritual thoughts.
    Cristiano Ronaldo accused of tax fraud by Spanish state prosecutor

    Cristiano Ronaldo accused of tax fraud by Spanish state prosecutor

    However, Ronaldo's case is much more serious than his Barcelona rival and three times greater in value than Messi's. Real Madrid declined to comment and calls to the agency representing Ronaldo , Gestifute , went unanswered.
  • Comey Testimony Hysterics Perfectly Summed Up in 5 Hilarious Cartoons

    James Lankford, R-Okla., argued that the president's actions did not rise to the level of obstruction. Are you kidding me? Think of it: I hardly know the man, it doesn't make sense.
    My Two Cents: What a Wild Ride with the Nashville Predators

    My Two Cents: What a Wild Ride with the Nashville Predators

    He entered the game with a three-game point streak, including three assists in a 6-0 win in Game 5 on Thursday. Though Crosby did not have a point in the Game 6 win, his impact was felt every moment he was on the ice.
    G7 talks end with gap between USA , other states

    G7 talks end with gap between USA , other states

    The Paris accord is aimed at capping the increase in global temperatures at two degrees Celsius above pre- industrial levels. She said the G7 ministers also discussed the importance of USA states, cities and businesses in tackling climate change .
  • Georgia manhunt: Authorities identify 2 slain prison guards

    Curtis Billue , 58, had been a guard since 2007 and Christopher Monica , 42, joined the department in 2009. Authorities are searching for two inmates, 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose .
    Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords More Easily with iOS 11

    Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords More Easily with iOS 11

    The renders do not leave space for it, so they are likely different from what the OS will look like in actual. The new iPad Pro also debuts the firm's ProMotion technology that doubles the maximum refresh rate to 120Hz.
    The Pittsburgh Penguins close out another Cup title

    The Pittsburgh Penguins close out another Cup title

    Regardless, the score would still have been 1-0 Nashville and the fluky goal by Patric Hornqvist would have tied the game at 1-1. The argument can also be made for Murray, who was injured during the warm-ups of Game 1 against Columbus.
  • Focus Brexit on economy, Scottish Conservatives urge British PM

    Ms Davidson is also among Tories raising concerns about Ms May's potential partner, the DUP, and the party's record on gay rights. But the Conservatives failed to win 326 seats in the general election - the number needed to have an outright majority.
    Bernie Sanders Congratulates Jeremy Corbyn On UK Election Gains

    Bernie Sanders Congratulates Jeremy Corbyn On UK Election Gains

    The results - a sort of turnaround in fortunes for both major parties - have thrown that timetable into doubt. Finding support in parliament inconsistent, she made a decision to do a little surprise election of her own.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel urges swift Brexit talks after United Kingdom  vote

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel urges swift Brexit talks after United Kingdom vote

    The Protestant unionist party also had links with outlawed paramilitary groups during the years of Northern Ireland's "Troubles". The party's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage places it at odds with modernizing Conservatives.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.