USA student released by North Korea is in coma, family say

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

Two ambulances were parked near an airport hangar.

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

The State Department denied any connection between Warmbier's release and Rodman's controversial visit, which the Trump administration said it did not authorise.

Yun's trip was the highest-level US visit since then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper travelled to North Korea in 2014 to secure the release of two Americans, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, who had been sentenced to hard labour.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the State Department had secured Mr Warmbier's release at the direction of the president.

Otto Warmbier is an economics graduate from the University of Virginia, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.

There was no immediate confirmation from US 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. But the nation still has three more Americans in its jails.

Two people hug outside the plane carrying Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, before he is transferred from a transport aircraft to an amb. He said Warmbier, of Wyoming, in suburban Cincinnati, was en route to the U.S.

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Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir), whose parents say is in a coma, arrived at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center late Tuesday night.

"Our son is coming home", Fred Warmbier told The Post Tuesday morning after Otto had been evacuated from North Korea.

"We are so grateful that he will finally be with people who love him". The talks intensified last month after a representative from Sweden, which acts as an interlocutor between Washington and Pyongyang, was granted visitation rights to one of three other Americans held in North Korea.

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.

His entourage includes Joseph Terwilliger, a professor who has accompanied Rodman on previous trips to North Korea. North Korea's nuclear weapons program has now launched six missile tests. Yun and an American delegation traveled to Pyongyang on June 12 and demanded to visit Warmbier and his release on humanitarian grounds.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman thanked a digital currency for the marijuana industry for sponsoring his current visit to North Korea for meetings with dictator Kim Jong Un. Rodman in 2015 endorsed Trump for president. He told reporters in Beijing, as he departed for Pyongyang, that he hopes his trip will "open a door" for Trump.

The former Detroit Pistons power forward first visited North Korea in February 2013 and became one of the first Americans to meet Kim Jong-Un, who took over as leader of the country following the death of his father in December 2011.

Increasing pressure on the North will be the first topic for next week's high-level talks between the U.S. and China, he said. The arrests in April and May brought the total to four Americans being held in North Korea.

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