Rodman begins sightseeing on NKorea trip he hopes opens door

The parents of the 22-year old American college student freed by North Korea say he is in a coma.

An airplane carrying OH native Otto Warmbier landed in Cincinnati late Tuesday night.

An American college student serving a 15-year prison term in North Korea who was released and medically evacuated from the country on Tuesday has been in a coma for months, his parents said.

At the president's direction, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea. He said Warmbier, 22, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was en route to the USA, where he will be reunited with his family. "We wish him well, but we have issued travel warnings to Americans and suggested they not travel to North Korea for their own safety".

The United States said yesterday North Korea has released an American student, hours after flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea as part of a so-called "basketball diplomacy" trip.

Rodman's North Korea visits over the years have fueled speculation he could facilitate a diplomatic breakthrough between Pyongyang and Washington.

There is no way of knowing yet whether the North Korean version of events is true, but the Warmbiers have been told their son had been in a coma the whole time.

Warmbier's release came during a visit to North Korea by former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman, one of few people to have met both North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.

(ENGLISH) "We continue our discussions with the North Korean regime regarding the release of the other three American citizens that have been detained".

Reason for detention: The two American journalists were charged with entering North Korea illegally to conduct a smear campaign. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor for subversion after he tearfully confessed that he had tried to steal a propaganda banner. North Korea's nuclear weapons program has now launched six missile tests.

Although details concerning the exact objective of Rodman's visit remain unknown, some analysts believe the retired basketball star is seeking to relay a message from President Donald Trump, who had previously lauded his attempts to engage North Korea following the country's repeated recent attempts to launch nuclear missile strikes.

The New York Times quoted a senior U.S. official as saying that Washington recently received intelligence reports that Warmbier had been repeatedly beaten in custody.

"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. In April, an Egyptian court acquitted Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker held for almost three years, after Trump raised her case with the Egyptian president.

In previous cases, people who have been detained in North Korea and given a public confession often recant those admissions after their release.

Officials for PotCoin, which is likened to a smaller-scale Bitcoin for weed entrepreneurs and their customers, also did not explain why they've put up the money for Rodman's mission.

The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.

He taught at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, a privately run school that has dozens of foreign faculty.

David Lee, who said he studied with Kim Hak-song in the United States, said Kim Hak-song would send food to North Korea. Thousands of USA troops are based in South Korea, and the Demilitarized Zone between the North and South is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world.

- Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim, was arrested on April 22 and later accused of trying to overthrow the North Korean regime.

A USA citizen who is being held in North Korea on charges of "hostile acts" against the Kim Jong Un regime may actually have faced different charges at the time of his arrest, according to an eyewitness.

Recommended News

  • Oil prices fall on OPEC output increase, rising US crude stocks (BP.)

    Oil prices fall on OPEC output increase, rising US crude stocks (BP.)

    US drilling activity has continued apace, driving up USA output by more than 10 percent since mid-2016 to above 9.3 million bpd. Brent has dropped back below $50 since the OPEC meeting.
    Fecteau: Trump's Toxic Reversal on Climate Change

    Fecteau: Trump's Toxic Reversal on Climate Change

    Among the many critics of Trump's decision to withdraw was Al Gore, the former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize victor . The United States is the second biggest producer of greenhouse gases - a key factor that is causing climate change.

    Xbox One X Comes as the Most Powerful Console Nowadays

    Speaking to Eurogamer , Spencer was asked whether he is anxious about the Xbox One X costing $100 (£78) more than the PS4 Pro . Phil Spencer has been outspoken in the past about his dislike of "console wars", and today he reiterated that stance.
  • Warriors beat Cavaliers to win title

    During the trophy ceremony, Kerr said, "I want to say a special thank you to Mike Brown and my whole coaching staff". The first-time title victor scored 39 points as point guard Stephen Curry posted 34 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
    White Senators Can't Stop Interrupting Kamala Harris

    White Senators Can't Stop Interrupting Kamala Harris

    If only this tweet would get old, but nope still relevant because the white dudes keep interrupting Senator Kamala Harris . HARRIS: Did you ask that it be shown to you? "We talked about the real principle that's at stake".
    E3 2017: Shadow of The Colossus comes to PS4

    E3 2017: Shadow of The Colossus comes to PS4

    There were also many other new games and older titles with many new gameplays and improved features showcased at the event. Sony also noted it has 26.4 million paid PlayStation Plus subscribers worldwide as of the end of March, 2017.
  • Mario+Rabbids: Battle Kingdom landing on Switch on August 29th

    In terms of showcasing the wide range of environments that players will explore, Assassin's Creed Origins doesn't look too bad. It also combines all that the fans love about Mario's iconic universe with the side-splitting antics of the Rabbids .

    North Korea frees American student; parents say he's in coma

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the State Department had secured Mr Warmbier's release at the direction of the president. He was arrested for purposely placing a Bible in the restroom of a nightclub, which is a violation of North Korean law.
    Cameron Diaz gushes over husband: 'I feel so lucky'

    Cameron Diaz gushes over husband: 'I feel so lucky'

    She also added that both of them rely on each other's strengths and they complement each other better. For her, it just so happened that she was in her forties when she met her life partner, Benji .
  • Former NBAer Dennis Rodman Is Back in North Korea

    A senior administration official said the Trump administration did not authorize Rodman's trip. "We are aware of his visit", Mr. He made headlines after befriending North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on previous trips to Pyongyang in 2013 and 2014.
    United States  college student released by North Korea home, but in coma

    United States college student released by North Korea home, but in coma

    The U.S. government condemned the sentence and accused North Korea of using such American detainees as political pawns. But when it comes to softening tensions between the USA and the rogue state, he really hasn't done much.

    Kevin Durant sends love to Rihanna after Warriors win title

    But it was Durant, who left Oklahoma City for Oakland at the end of last season, who carried the team . Pretty much all their big-name guys are in their 20s, and they don't show any signs of slowing down.

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.