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USA student released from North Korean jail in coma

24 Juin 2017

His journey came through Young Pioneer Tours, a group that specializes in trips to places considered hard to access because of political or economic strife, and its slogan is "Budget tours to destinations your mother wants you to stay away from".

Warmbier had been serving a 15-year prison term.

After a senior State Department official flew to Pyongyang to demand the 22-year-old's release on humanitarian grounds, he was flown out in a medical evacuation. Sadly, he is coma and we have told that he has been in that condition since March 2016.

But on his final night in Pyongyang - New Year's Eve - he apparently went to a staff-only floor of his hotel and attempted to take down a large propaganda sign lauding the regime. But in a statement to The Associated Press, his parents disclosed that he has been in a coma since his sentencing.

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

"We get to see our son Otto tonight", Fred Warmbier told The Post on Tuesday morning after their son was evacuated. "We are so grateful that he is finally with the people who love him".

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".

Rodman had tweeted a photo of himself holding a ticket for Air Koryo, North Korea's state-owned airline, and written, "I'm back".

At least three American citizens are still being held in North Korea.

University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier visited North Korea over New Year's in 2015 as a tourist, and on Tuesday the 22-year-old returned home to the US -in a coma.

An American college student has arrived in OH after being released by North Korea, where he was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts.

Warmbier's release brings the number of USA citizens held against their will in North Korea to three.

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

Warmbier's ordeal has spanned two administrations, and his parents have pleaded with both to try to secure his release.

Warmbier is a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati.

It was unclear what North Korea's motive was behind Warmbier's release.

Warmbier would have graduated last month had he not been detained. A professor at the university's school of commerce, Jeremy Marcel, told local television station WLWT-5 that Warmbier was "a very intelligent, wonderful young man".

Fox News reported that Warmbier was on a military plane expected to land in Cincinnati late Tuesday, after which he would receive urgent hospital treatment.

Tillerson, at a US Senate hearing on Tuesday, declined to comment on Warmbier's condition.

Among the tour offerings by Young Pioneer Tours are ski trips to Iran, an "extreme Chernobyl Tour" and a journey into Chechyna. "I don't know why he is there", Nauert said. Warmbier's family said in a statement that he is in a coma and on his way home.

He informed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who consulted with President Trump, the officials siad. But they said they received little help in getting their son released. "This is the North Korean version of events".

His entourage includes Joseph Terwilliger, a professor who has accompanied Rodman on previous trips to North Korea. That's when USA officials first learned Warmbier was in a coma.

Warmbier speaks to reporters in Pyongyang in Februrary.

The United States had accused the North of using Warmbier as a political pawn, and condemned the sentence as far out of proportion to his alleged crime.

USA student released from North Korean jail in coma