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American student released from North Korea prison arrives in US

18 Juin 2017

North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, an American serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts, Tillerson said in an announcement that came as former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman was paying a return visit to Pyongyang.

An American college student who has been in North Korean custody for a year and a half arrived in Cincinnati on Tuesday night on a medical evacuation flight. Medical personnel carried a male, believed to be Warmbier and wearing a blue shirt and dark blue trousers, off the plane without the use of a stretcher.

A person believed to be Otto Warmbier is transferred from a medical transport airplane to an awaiting ambulance at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., June 13, 2017.

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

Richardson, who previously attempted to secure Otto Warmbier's freedom, was responding to the news that the 22-year-old from Cincinnati was heading home.

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 behaviour".

According to the State Department, North Korea got urgently in touch with the United States at the United Nations on June 6 to say that Mr. Warmbier was in a coma and needed medical attention.

Tillerson says the State Department secured Warmbier's release at President Donald Trump's direction. He reportedly was detained for trying to remove a propaganda banner from his hotel.

"My goal is to go over there and try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea", he said.

"Let me reiterate this: We strongly, strongly suggest that Americans do not go to North Korea", said Heather Nauert, State Department spokeswoman.

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The White House has responded at various times with tough talk and warnings that Washington's "strategic patience" with Pyongyang is now at an end. Two of them - Kim Hak Song and Kim Sang Duk - are teachers of Korean origin who worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, and the third is a South Korea-born American named Kim Dong-chul.

He was met by North Korean Vice Minister of Sports Son Kwang Ho. "We are so grateful that he will finally be with people who love him".

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman will visit North Korea. They said they were told their son has been in a coma since his trial - when he was last seen in public - and they had learned of this only one week ago.

A North Korean foreign ministry official said Warmbier was released and left the country Tuesday morning. "Since we also have our citizens detained in the North. we are putting pressure on the North to free them through various channels", he said, vowing "utmost efforts". And Yun was dispatched to North Korea and visited Warmbier with two doctors on Monday, and demanded his release. Tillerson said the department would have no further comment on Warmbier and his condition, citing privacy concerns.

But Mr Tillerson's sanctions threat will up the stakes with China, North Korea's biggest partner, and Russian Federation, the rogue regime's other main supplier.

Nearly immediately on taking office in January, Trump and his team - having been briefed by outgoing leader Barack Obama - declared the North's attempts to build, test and arm a nuclear-capable ballistic missile to be Washington's biggest threat.

There was no immediate confirmation from US officials of North Korea's description of his illness.

North Korean representatives at the United Nations did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Surrounded by North Korean guards, Warmbier delivered a highly scripted "confession" that appeared to have been written for him, and after an hourlong sham trial in March 2016, he was sentenced to 15 years.

American student released from North Korea prison arrives in US