How the U.S. secured Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea
How the U.S. secured Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea
14 Junio, 2017, 10:44
Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia student, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea in March 2016 after being accused of attempting to steal a propaganda poster from his Pyongyang hotel room while on a visit to the country.
Secretary of State Tillerson said the State Department is continuing to discuss three other detained Americans with North Korea.
There is no way of knowing yet whether the North Korean version of events is true, but the Warmbiers have been told their son had been in a coma the whole time.
Later, Tillerson said at the start of testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "We have no comment on Mr. Warmbier's condition, out of respect to him and the family".
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Tuesday the release of Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir), a University of Virginia student.
Swedish diplomats, who represent US interests in North Korea because the United States has no diplomatic relations with the country, were denied access to him.
Earlier Tuesday, Tillerson had provided only few details about Warmbier or the circumstances around his release.
North Korea on Tuesday freed one of the detainees, Otto Warmbier.
The Warmbiers were told that he had come down with a case of botulism soon after his trial - which lasted only one hour - and had been given a sleeping pill, from which he never woke up.
The diplomatic process began on June 6 when State Department Special Representative Joseph Yun met with North Korean UN Mission Ambassador Pak Kil-yon in New York City and learned of Warmbier's deteriorating health condition, according to a senior State Department official.
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Joseph Yun, the US envoy on North Korea, met with North Korean foreign ministry representatives in Norway last month, a White House official said.
The news of Warmbier's release comes the same day as basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang for an expected four-night visit.
They also said they are grateful he "will finally be with people who love him".
"Headed back to North Korea".
In 2014, Rodman arranged a basketball game with other former NBA players and North Koreans and regaled leader Kim with a rendition of "Happy Birthday". Their statement said Rodman is in the "very rare position to be able to claim long-time friendships" with both leaders. He said that over the past 18 months, Warmbier's family has "had to endure more than any family should have to bear".
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