Student released by North Korea now at hospital

Student released by North Korea now at hospital

Student released by North Korea now at hospital

"We are so grateful that he will finally be with people who love him", said Cindy and Fred Warmbier, his parents.

The 22-year-old is now being treated in hospital after the flight carrying him landed in OH on Tuesday.

The White House says securing the release of an American college student from a North Korean prison "was a big priority" for President Donald Trump.

Together with Kenneth Bae, the DPRK government released Matthew Todd Miller, another US citizen who tore his visa upon arrival at Pyongyang International Airport in an alleged attempt to seek asylum and was later given a six-year sentence for similar charges.

PotCoin, which hopes to become the Bitcoin of the marijuana industry, is sponsoring the former National Basketball Association player's trip to North Korea to meet with the leader of the reclusive state, Kim Jong Un.

American student Otto Warmbier, seen here arriving for his trial in Pyongyang in March 2016.

Otto Warmbier arrived in North Korea in December 2015 as part of a tour group. On this trip, he has already been roundly criticized by some for visiting during a time of high tensions between the US and North Korea over its weapons programs and recent missile launches.

Warmbier was sentenced in March 2016 after a televised tearful public confession to trying to steal a propaganda banner. He was charged with "hostile acts against the state".

A USA citizen who is being held in North Korea on charges of "hostile acts" against the Kim Jong Un regime may actually have faced different charges at the time of his arrest, according to an eyewitness.

The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns. Officials involved in negotiations to free Warmbier and another American citizen who is being detained were told they were being treated as prisoners of war.

Tillerson said the State Department is continuing "to have discussions" with North Korea about the release of other three American citizens imprisoned there. Nauert said the last consular visit to Warmbier, by Swedish diplomats, was March 2.

Following the May meeting in Oslo, North Korea urgently requested another meeting, which took place last week between the US envoy on North Korea, Joseph Yun, and the North's ambassador at the NY.

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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".

Yun was instructed to prepare to travel to Pyongyang with the intention of bringing Warmbier back to the United States. He was serving a 15-year service for pinching a poster while on a student trip to North Korea. "I'll discuss when I return".

A senior Trump administration official told Fox News Rodman was going to the North "as a private citizen". "American and medical officials would get out".

"Joe Yun went to Pyongyang (Monday) to accompany Mr. Warmbier", Shannon told reporters after a meeting with South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung Nam.

Health care professionals have also weighed in on Warmbier's case, though they decline to offer specific explanations for what he may be suffering from and why.

A hospital spokeswoman said Warmbier's family was expected to hold a news conference Thursday morning at Wyoming High School.

North Korea says he has been in a coma for more than a year, after taking a sleeping pill while fighting food poisoning. "So I think that people are trying to be supportive of the family and let the community-family know that we are very with them".

There was no immediate confirmation from USA 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.

The North Koreans later urgently requested another meeting in NY. "Over the last 18 months, they have had to endure more than any family should have to bear".

"At the direction of the President, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea", he said in a statement. "Mr Warmbier is en route to the USA where he will be reunited with his family".

In rare high-level contacts, Yun met senior North Korean officials in Oslo in May, where it was agreed Swedish officials in Pyongyang, who handle U.S. consular affairs there, would be allowed to see all four American detainees, a State Department official said. Shortly after Warmbier's sentencing, Kim Dong-chul, was arrested on accusations of espionage, and has been held ever since.

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