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North Korea freed, sentenced to prison, American student

Galena Nuncio | 19 Junio, 2017, 08:37

The next month he gave a tearful public confession, and that March he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for a "hostile act" against the state.

The release came after Joseph Yun, the State Department's special envoy on North Korea, travelled to Pyongyang and demanded his freedom on "humanitarian grounds", capping a flurry of secret diplomatic contacts, a U.S. official said.

Yun's visit came amid heightened tensions over North Korea's defiant pursuit of advanced military technologies, but USA media reports said, his mission, directly ordered by Trump, was centered on the 22-year-old student's immediate release on humanitarian grounds.

During a secret meeting in Oslo last month with Joseph Yun, the State Department's special representative for North Korea, high-level North Korean officials agreed that Swedish diplomats in Pyongyang would be allowed to visit the four Americans imprisoned by the North.

There was some speculation that he might plead the case for the American detainees, but en route to North Korea he told reporters "my objective is to actually see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea".

State Department officials said Warmbier's release followed secret talks between US and North Korean diplomats. "Arrangements were made for Warmbier to leave North Korea".

The uncertainty over Warmbier's condition and treatment in detention speaks to the opacity of North Korea's justice system.

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Tillerson told USA senators at the start of a budget hearing that the State Department had no comment on Warmbier's condition "out of respect for him and his family".

In Tokyo, a visiting senior US official said Rodman is making the trip as a private citizen.

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The State Department is continuing to discuss three other detained Americans with North Korea, Tillerson said. Warmbier's parents said they learned of their son's condition "only one week ago".

Americans have been sentenced to years in North Korean prisons for such seemingly minor offenses as stealing a political banner and likely could not expect leniency if the country's drug laws were violated.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Tuesday the release of Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir), a University of Virginia student. "My Center for Global Engagement has worked on behalf of the Warmbier family with the North Korean government directly, including a visit late previous year to advance negotiations for his release, as well as with both the Obama and Trump administrations".

He had been on a stopover tour in North Korea, en route to Hong Kong, where he was going to study.

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"It was very North Korean", noted one pundit on CNN.

Tillerson says the State Department secured Warmbier's release at President Donald Trump's direction. The basketballer said, on this trip, his aim is to try to "bring sports to North Korea".

"We thank you for the opportunity and blessing you've given us to serve your agenda and the American people", said Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who reports suggest may be at risk of losing his job amid internal palace squabbles.

University President Teresa Sullivan said in a statement that the school is relieved to hear Warmbier was released, but is concerned about his condition.

When it comes to the nation of North Korea, Dennis "The Worm" Rodman, the eccentric National Basketball Association all-time great, can not be easily ignored.

In April and May, North Korea detained two other Korean-Americans, both of them affiliated with the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, a private institution run by Korean-American Christians.

However, before his arrival in Pyongyang, Rodman told reporters that pleading to free detained Americans is not the objective of his visit right now. It is imperative that the State Department continue its efforts to secure their release.

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Mr Rodman is a friend of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and has made several visits to the country in recent years.


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