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Otto Warmbier, jailed USA student, freed by North Korea

Galeno Paniagua | 14 Junio, 2017, 11:15

His release comes as former United States basketball star Dennis Rodman visited the reclusive country.

North Korean officials had accused Warmbier of subversion.

North Korea repatriated a sick US citizen it had held captive for 17 months, and Dennis Rodman arrived with fanfare in Pyongyang.

Instead, the administration credited the release to its diplomatic intervention.

The White House says a USA envoy met with North Korean foreign ministry representatives in Norway last month as part of efforts to win freedom for Americans held by Pyongyang. He has visited North Korea four times, including a 2014 trip where he was shadowed by a crew from Vice.

"US detainees in North Korea, although a humanitarian concern, tend to be viewed by the U.S. government as a thorn in the diplomatic side", Aum said. One month later, he was sentenced to prison. On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologized.

The University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati who publicly confessed to trying to steal a propaganda banner left North Korea on Tuesday morning, a foreign ministry official confirmed.

Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

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The statement further claims that Rodman is in the "very rare" position to be both friends with Kim Jong-Un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, and President Donald Trump.

Earlier Tuesday, Fred Warmbier told The Cincinnati Enquirer said the family would hold a news conference Wednesday in Cincinnati, with the details yet to be finalized.

"We get to see our son Otto tonight", Fred Warmbier said in an interview Tuesday morning after his son was evacuated.

For more than a year, 22-year-old Otto Warmbier has been in a coma after taking a sleeping pill while fighting off food poisoning, according to The Associated Press. Thousands of US troops are based in South Korea, and the Demilitarized Zone between the North and South is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world. Nauert said the last consular visit to Warmbier, by Swedish diplomats, was March 2.

Sullivan said, "The UVA family will continue to keep the Warmbiers in our thoughts and prayers as Otto returns to the United States and his home where he will receive the care and support of those who love him".

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Dennis Rodman, the former National Basketball Association bad boy who has palled around with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, began sightseeing in Pyongyang on Wednesday during a trip he said he hoped would "open a door" for his former "Celebrity Apprentice" boss - President Donald Trump. But the fact that he had been kept, comatose, in North Korea for more than a year could worsen the already tense relationship between Pyongyang and Washington.

On April 22, 2016 Sugarman met with the North Korean Ambassador in NY.

"What we're doing is we're calling on everyone, obviously the Chinese government, we're calling on governments around the world" to increase pressure on the North, Tillerson said.

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The reported Trump-led effort to secure Warmbier's release comes after Trump and Vice President pressured Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the release of imprisoned North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson during Erdoğan's visit to Washington, D.C.in May. "I made the worst mistake of my life", Mr. Warmbier said.

According to ABC News, Tillerson's statement on Warmbier's release made no mention of Rodman's trip. Rodman was a cast member on two seasons of Trump's TV reality show "Celebrity Apprentice".

"I'm just trying to open the door", the eccentric ex-Chicago Bulls power forward told reporters at Beijing airport before boarding his Air Koryo flight.

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.

Sometime afterward, North Korea then urgently requested an in-person meeting with the United States in New York City, the State Department said.

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. A 2009 visit by former President Bill Clinton secured the freedom of American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling.

Tillerson said that the State Department is continuing "to have discussions" with North Korea about the release of other three American citizens who are jailed there. His release brought to three the number of Americans held in the North.

He is scheduled to meet the sports minister, visit a newly built high-tech science complex and the Pyongyang Zoo, and go bowling before he leaves Saturday.

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