American student released from North Korea prison arrives in US
WASHINGTON: An American student who fell into a coma while imprisoned in a North Korean labor camp returned to the United States Tuesday night after Pyongyang allowed him to be taken home, US media reported.
A military plane with Otto Warmbier landed in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, shortly before 10:20 pm (02:20 am Wednesday), CBS News reported.
Warmbier’s 18-month release from a 15-year sentence came as US President Donald Trump invited Korea’s new chief, Moon Jae-in, in Washington to hold talks on escalating stagnation over Korea’s nuclear program northern.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said earlier on the day his agency had “secured” the 22-year release in talks with North Korea and support three other Americans to be released. It was not immediately clear if concessions had been made.
The news was released after the NBA’s amazing basketball test, Dennis Rodman, a former contestant on the reality show Trump Celebrity Apprentice.
He flew to Pyongyang to resume his quest for relaxation between his American hometown and the authoritarian regime of Kim Jong-un.
However, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said the visit “had nothing to do with the publication.”
Parents Warmbier, Fred and Cindy, said their statement Tuesday in a statement to CNN.
“Unfortunately, he’s in a coma and told us he was in this condition from March 2016,” they said. “We have learned that there is only one week.”
Arriving at Lunken Cincinnati airport, Warmbier was taken to an ambulance that precipitated Cincinnati University of Medicine for emergency treatment center, Fox News said.
Warmbier’s parents were informed that their son had been given a sleeping pill soon after his trial in March last year and never woke up.
US officials have declined to comment on his condition,
but former ambassador and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he had spoken to the family.
“Otto has been in a coma for more than a year and needs a proper medical emergency in the United States,” said Richardson, who previously served as special envoy to North Korea and continues to work on prisoner issues.
“We have received a call from Cindy and Fred Warmbier early today to catch up on Otto’s condition. To make it clear, North Korea must explain the causes of its coma.”
Tillerson told the senators at the beginning of a budget hearing that the State Department had no comment on the situation of M. Warmbier “out of respect for him and his family.”
The United States accused the North of using Warmbier as a political pawn, which condemns the sentence to be disproportionate in relation to the alleged crime.
The announcement came amid tensions between Washington and Pyongyang after a series of missile tests by the North, drawing attention to the accumulation of weapons that Pentagon chief Jim Mattis called today “a clear and present danger for all.”
Almost immediately after taking office in January Trump and his team – were briefed by current President Barack Obama – said North’s attempts to build, test and build a nuclear-capable ballistic missile are Washington’s biggest threat.
Washington has stepped up pressure on China and other foreign powers to impose existing UN sanctions and military assets deployed in the region.
Next to this track, the man of basketball Rodman arrived at Pyongyang Blasone wore a shirt of a cryptocurrent established for the marijuana.
The star visited the Stalinist state at least four times, the last in 2014, when he drew a barrage of criticism after being filmed singing his happy birthday to his “lifelong friend,” leader Kim.