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American Student Freed By North Korea Arrives Home

American Student Freed By North Korea Arrives Home

"We continue our discussions with the North Korean regime regarding the release of the three other American citizens that have been detained", Tillerson said.

Earlier Tuesday, Fred Warmbier told The Cincinnati Enquirer that the family will hold a news conference later this week in Cincinnati. "We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime", Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in their statement. Thousands of US 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. Warmbier is comatose, and has been for a year.

At the direction of the President, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea. US officials last had consular access to Warmbier on March 2, 2016, through the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, Nauert said.

Bill Richardson said Tuesday the North Koreans must "in no uncertain terms" explain the reason why an American student released from their custody is in a coma.

Warmbier was flown first to an American military medical facility in Japan, then flown on to Cincinnati, near his family's home. He has been roundly criticized for visiting during a time of high tensions between the USA and North Korea over its weapons programs. "We are so grateful that he will finally be with people who love him".

Rob Portman, who represents Warmbier's home state of Ohio.




Sullivan says the university community has Warmbier's family in its thoughts and prayers as he returns home. His family said they found out last week that the 22-year-old has been in a coma since shortly after his trial in March last year for alleged anti-state acts.

The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record about the sequence of events and requested anonymity, said that after Tillerson consulted with Trump, Yun was dispatched to North Korea.

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 news came as flamboyant retired NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman - a former contestant on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" reality show - flew to Pyongyang to resume his quixotic quest to broker detente between his U.S. homeland and Kim Jong-Un's authoritarian regime. FILE - In this December 20, 2013, file photo, former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman, center, watches from courtside during a practice session for North Korean basketball players in Pyongyang, North Korea. "We expect there will be a detailed description of the release through the diplomatic channel (with the US)", Lee Duk-haeng, spokesman at the Ministry of Unification, said in a press briefing.

Since taking office in January, U.S. President Donald Trump has faced growing tensions with North Korea, which has conducted a series of ballistic missile tests in defiance of U.S. and worldwide sanctions. After confessing, Otto Warmbier was sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor. Fifield says she was told Rodman's visit had nothing to with the freeing of Warmbier. But one thing's for sure: It'll take more than Dennis Rodman to get the job done. And Yun was dispatched to North Korea and visited Warmbier with two doctors on Monday, and demanded his release. Nauert said the last consular visit to Warmbier, by Swedish diplomats, was March 2. Their statement said Rodman is in the "very rare position to be able to claim long-time friendships" with both leaders. "They were never really certain if those were actually from him or if it was just a ploy because you can never trust what the North Koreans are saying or telling you", family friend Michael Forsythe said.

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