Jailed US Student Released In North Korea

Warmbier was evacuated Tuesday.

The timing of Warmbier's release suggests it was coordinated through back channels, as Rodman has only just arrived in North Korea, and such a deal would take a long time to arrange.

Such direct consultations between the two governments are rare as they do not have formal diplomatic relations.

Warmbier was on a tour of North Korean capital Pyongyang on New Year's Eve 2015 when he was arrested. His family says he is in a coma.

The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.

North Korea poses one of the greatest national security challenges for Trump as it tries to develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike America.

On June 6, North Korean officials asked for a meeting with Joe Yun, Special Representative for North Korea Policy. He was evacuated on Tuesday.

They are 62-year-old Kim Dong-chul, a Korean-American missionary; Korean-American professor Kim Sang-duk (or Tony Kim); and Kim Hak-song, who worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST). "We learned of this only one week ago", said Fred and Cindy Warmbier in a statement.

By his account, delivered at a scripted "news conference" weeks after his arrest, Mr. Warmbier attempted a foolish but harmless prank: trying (unsucessfully) to pilfer a propaganda poster from the hotel where he was staying.

At a State Department briefing later in the day, press secretary Heather Nauert said the government is "pleased" to have Otto Warmbier back in the United States. Warmbier's family did not respond to calls seeking comment.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the news Tuesday morning.

Warmbier was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts. Global negotiations on the dispute over North Korea's nuclear program have been in limbo for years, as the USA cranks up economic sanctions and North Korea won't give up weapons it considers a guarantee against invasion. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown of Cleveland said the country's "despicable actions ... must be condemned".

OTTO WARMBIER was a 21-year-old University of Virginia economics major with a bright future when he signed on for a short tourist trip to North Korea in December 2015.

"Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March 2016", the parents said in a statement.

"We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalised and terrorised by the pariah regime" in North Korea, they said.

"We are hopeful that come August or come some later point in the school year, that he can once again join our community and we can welcome him and embrace him with open arms", Kenny said.

North Korea has released 22-year-old American student Otto Warmbier from a 15-year sentence of hard labor, officials said Tuesday, as former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang.

University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who had been detained in North Korea for 17 months, was set to arrive home in Cincinnati on Tuesday night in a coma - a relief to his family but a harbinger of more difficulties in the already tense relationship between Pyongyang and Washington.

Warmbier's release coincided with a visit to the country from former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman, though the State Department attributed the release to efforts made by President Donald Trump.

This has obviously led to intense speculation the former Chicago Bulls star's fifth visit to North Korea is purely to free the three U.S. citizens in custody in North Korea.

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