Timeline of Otto Warmbier's saga in North Korea

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

Below are a series of events that led to his release. "The brutalization and terrorism the North Koreans have put upon Otto and the Warmbier family have ended".

Warmbier was arrested in January 2016 for stealing a political propaganda sign from a hotel and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

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

February 2017-present - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson briefs President Trump on the situation.

An American college student who was released from a North Korean prison has been taken to an OH hospital for treatment. The secretary begins the effort and routinely updates the president. Instead of helping the chances of possible talks to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the release of Warmbier may have strengthened North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's hand. Global negotiations on the dispute over North Korea's nuclear program have been in limbo for years, as the USA cranks up economic sanctions and North Korea won't give up weapons it considers a guarantee against invasion.

"US detainees in North Korea, although a humanitarian concern, tend to be viewed by the USA government as a thorn in the diplomatic side", Aum said.

North Korea regularly accuses Washington and Seoul of sending spies to overthrow its government to enable the US -backed South Korean government to take control of the Korean Peninsula.

A White House official says the May meeting in Oslo was attended by Joseph Yun, the US envoy to North Korea.

Mr Warmbier was supposed to graduate from the university in May. Warmbier has reportedly been in a coma for over a year. "For North Korea to imprison Otto with no notification or consular access for more than a year is the utmost example of its complete failure to recognize fundamental human rights and dignity". The State Department promptly organized a medical team and an airplane to travel to North Korea. North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government.

Any visit to North Korea by a high-profile American is a political minefield. He visited Warmbier with two doctors on Monday, and demanded his release on humanitarian grounds. The visit was the first time the United States was able to confirm Warmbier's status after he was sentenced. 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. Arrangements were made for Warmbier to leave North Korea.

Warmbier was medically evacuated from the country in a coma that began shortly after his trial in March 2016, his parents told reporters in a prepared statement. Otto will travel to OH, where he will be reunited with his family. Prior to that, he served as Fox Business Network's Washington correspondent. Warmbier's family said in a statement that he is in a coma and on his way home.

North Korea released a jailed Tri-State man Tuesday - just hours after it was announced that former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman was paying a return visit to the country.

In November 2014, USA spy chief James Clapper went to Pyongyang to bring home Matthew Miller, who had ripped up his visa when entering the country and was serving a six-year sentence on an espionage charge, and Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, who had been sentenced to 15 years for alleged anti-government activities.

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