American student Warmbier released on humanitarian grounds - North Korea

The father of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student released from North Korean detention this week, lashed out Thursday at the reclusive regime, saying he did not believe its explanation for how his son fell into a coma.

Otto Warmbier hasn't needed a respirator or supplemental oxygen since arriving at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center late Tuesday night by ambulance, but has a severe neurological injury, they said.

A USA diplomat who traveled to North Korea to secure American college student Otto Warmbier's (WORM'-birz) release also was able to make contact with three other Americans detained there.

"He announced that Warmbier "[showed] no sign of understanding language, responding to verbal commands or [being aware of] his surroundings".

The U.S. State Department said on June 15 that the release was negotiated by Joseph Yun, special envoy to North Korea.

North Korea claims Warmbier went into a coma after taking a sleeping pill and says he also had botulism.

To the North Korean claim that Otto suffered from botulism, Dr. Brandon Foreman said all tests have found no evidence of active botulism.

The medical team said Warmbier's severe brain injury was most likely - given his young age - to have been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain.

In its first official comment since Warmbier was returned home, North Korea said it released him for humanitarian reasons.

He praised Otto's "adventurous side" and said it was "tough to process" how his son was treated by the North Korean regime. The confusion over Warmbier's injury is further complicated by the ambiguity over the grounds of his release.

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"It could be some kind of stress from the imprisonment; it could be beatings and torture", he said, adding that North Korea should cooperate with an investigation, perhaps carried out by the United Nations. The pair quickly struck up a friendship, and Gratton, a sales manager in his mid-40s from England, says he was the only Westerner to see Warmbier detained by security services at Pyongyang International Airport. He said Warmbier was breathing on his own.

North Koreans charged it was at that point Warmbier allegedly went into a staff-only area of the hotel and tore down a propaganda banner hanging on the wall, intending to steal it.

'That was it. That was the last physical time I saw Otto, ever.

Warmbier was a University of Virginia student when he was detained while touring North Korea.

It was widely speculated that Rodman would take up the issue of US citizens detained in North Korea.

Fred Warmbier said he was stunned when told of his son's condition one week ago. However, Rodman reportedly said the issue was "not my goal right now". Kanter said they have very little information about Otto's care in North Korea, except they did get access to images of Otto's brain from April 2016.

According to Fred, the Obama administration's results "speak for themselves".

In 2015, Rodman's visits were captured by the documentary "Big Bang in Pyongyang", which features Rodman teaching basketball to North Korean players and singing "Happy Birthday" to Kim Jong Un.

Tillerson said on Wednesday that USA officials were considering some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea.

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