Timeline of Otto Warmbier's saga in North Korea

Meanwhile, Warmbier's parents told Washington Post that Warmbier contracted botulism after his trial, that he had been in a coma for over a year during his time in North Korea, and was being medically evacuated, adding that he will return to his home in Cincinnati later that evening, meaning Tuesday night.

Otto Warmbier speaks at a news conference in North Korea, in 2016.

Now, Warmbier's family has been told he suffered a bout of deadly botulism poisoning in March, took a sleeping pill and has been in a coma ever since. "At the moment, we're just treating this like he's been in an accident". Upon arrival, the State Department representative demanded to visit Warmbier and Yun and two doctors visited him that morning. During this meeting, Yun learns about Mr. Warmbier's condition.

Since taking office in January, US President Donald Trump has faced a growing national security challenge from North Korea, which has conducted a series of ballistic missile tests in defiance of US and worldwide sanctions.

An image released by North Korea's official news agency of Otto Warmbier at a media conference in Pyongyang past year.

Korean-American Kim Dong-Chul was arrested in 2015 and sentenced to 10 years' hard labour on charges of subversion and espionage.

He had not been seen in public since.

American college student Otto Warmbier has landed back in the United States after more than 17 months in detention in North Korea. They were arrested this year for "hostile acts" and trying to "overturn" the regime.

The logistics were in place by Thursday.

The court held that Warmbier had committed a crime "pursuant to the U.S. government's hostile policy toward [the North], in a bid to impair the unity of its people after entering it as a tourist". The man was loaded into an ambulance bound for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where a hospital spokesman said he would receive treatment. Worldwide 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.

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.

(ENGLISH) "We continue our discussions with the North Korean regime regarding the release of the other three American citizens that have been detained".

Rodman, who was once a contestant on President Donald Trump's reality show, "Celebrity Apprentice", declined to say whether he had spoken with Trump when CNN caught him at the airport in China on his way to North Korea. "Fred, Cindy, and the Warmbier family have been remarkably strong throughout this ordeal".

"I want my kid home". "The coma is obviously very concerning. But I think this is really a horrendous outrage against an American citizen". "I'm hoping it's not as bad as it sounds and he'll wake up and be okay". "I don't know why he is there", Nauert said.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman of OH said: "Otto's detainment and sentence was unnecessary and appalling, and North Korea should be universally condemned for its abhorrent behavior. Otto should have been released from the start", Portman said in a statement.

He had been on a stopover tour in North Korea, en route to Hong Kong, where he was going to study. Warmbier is a student at the University of Virginia.

Warmbier had been serving a 15-year prison term. "This is the North Korean version of events".

Meanwhile, the White House said Moon and Trump will meet on June 29 and 30 to discuss ways of building on what America frequently calls its "ironclad" alliance with South Korea.

Asked whether he was working on the release of detained Americans, he said, "that is not my objective right now".

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