North Korea releases United States citizen Otto Warmbier

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

An American college student whose parents say has been in a coma while serving a 15-year prison term in North Korea was released and returned to the United States Tuesday as the Trump administration revealed a rare exchange with the reclusive country.

"We wish him well, but we have issued travel warnings to Americans and suggested they not travel to North Korea for their own safety", U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon told reporters after discussing the North Korean missile threat and other issues with Japanese counterparts.

According to Trump administration officials, information about Warmbier's condition was transmitted on June 6 by North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations to Joseph Yun, the State Department's special representative for North Korea, at a meeting in NY.

"We have no comment on Mr. Warmbier's condition out of respect to him and the family".

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After a senior State Department official flew to Pyongyang to demand the 22-year-old's release on humanitarian grounds, he was flown out in a medical evacuation.

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A statement from Otto's mum and dad, Fred and Cindy, hit out the Hermit Kingdom.

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Warmbier is expected to arrive at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center later later this evening. In response, the US has taken a tough tack, and recently began deploying the advanced anti-missile defense known as THAAD to South Korea.

North Korea announced Warmbier's arrest in late January 2016, saying he committed an anti-state crime with "the tacit connivance of the US government and under its manipulation".

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In a statement, they said: "We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalised and terrorised by the pariah regime".

The witness also said North Korea authorities did not use force against him, but were tough.

A former Virginia resident, Kim Dong-chul, was arrested shortly after Warmbier, on accusations of espionage, and has been held since.

North Korea has been a major irritant in the first few months of the Trump administration.

"What an incredible day for one of our citizens who was held in North Korea for more than a year", Nauert said. "Take care of Otto", Trump is said to have instructed his top diplomat.

Despite the increasingly hostile US-North Korean relationship, the Warmbiers said they were encouraged by US President Donald Trump's willingness to improve relations with North Korea.

In April and May, North Korea detained two other Korean Americans, both of them affiliated with the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, a private institution run by Korean American Christians.

Americans are regarded as enemies in North Korea because the two countries never signed a peace treaty at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Mr Tillerson said he would not comment on Mr Warmbier's condition, but added that USA officials are continuing "to have discussions" with North Korea about the release of three other jailed American citizens.

Tension has ratcheted up in recent months between the United States and North Korea over the latter's series of missile tests.

In Warmbier's hometown of Wyoming, just outside of Cincinnati, residents helped tie blue and white ribbons, Wyoming High School's colors, to trees and said news of his release had sent waves of shock and joy through the community.

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