The fact that it took a year for them to tell us about his coma suggests they were waiting for his physical wounds to heal before sending him home. "This is the North Korean version of events".
Yun went on a secret mission to North Korea to bring out Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was detained in January past year and had fallen into a coma for reasons that are not yet clear. Kim's government frequently threatens attacks on the US, is known to possess nuclear weapons and is working to develop a delivery mechanism with a range great enough to strike the United States mainland.
But last month North Korean officials asked for an emergency meeting with their American counterparts in NY and opened the door for his return.
If it were, there might be pressure on President Trump to take action against Kim Jong-un's regime, he says.
His nightmare started in March 2016 when North Korea says they caught the 22-year-old trying to steal a propaganda poster from the hotel he was staying at while on a tour of the reclusive nation.
Former US ambassador and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who has previously served as special envoy to North Korea and in 2016 attempted to negotiate the release of the student, said the Warmbiers had updated him on their son's condition.
22 year old Otto Warmbier is finally back home in Cincinnati. The former University of Virginia student had to be carried off by hand, land is now in urgent need of medical care.
The statement said the department would have no further comment on Warmbier, citing privacy concerns. "Fred, Cindy, and the Warmbier family have been remarkably strong throughout this ordeal".
AN American college student released from a North Korean prison in a COMA is finally "home" but in an OH hospital after arriving back on USA soil.
North Korea is still holding three other American prisoners.
Joseph Yun, the USA special envoy on North Korea, met with North Korean officials in Oslo, Norway, in May and reached an agreement for Swedish diplomats to visit Warmbier. Warmbier also stated that he had been told that if he was detained, a donation of $20,000 would be made to his mother. But Mr. Yun said that given Mr. Warmbier's condition, Pyongyang must free him immediately.
Yun arrived in Pyongyang early Monday with two American physicians.
The Department of State, on the orders of the president, secured the young man's release, and he returned home Tuesday.
Jeffrey Fowle, another USA tourist from OH detained for six months at about the same time as Miller, was released just before that and sent home on a US government plane.
The news of Warmbier's release emerged after the flamboyant retired NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman - a former contestant on Mr Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" reality show - flew to Pyongyang to resume his quixotic quest to broker detente between his USA homeland and Kim Jong-Un's authoritarian regime. Rodman was a cast member on two seasons of Trump's Celebrity Apprentice.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Warmbier's release on Tuesday during an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations committee. An unconfirmed report from North Korea states that Warmbier had contracted botulism following his trial, and was given a sleeping pill, but never woke up.
"Even though they're saddened by his condition, they're just glad for the family that he is home". A medical team and aircraft were organized, and North Korea was informed that a delegation would travel there.
A White House official said Trump had instructed Tillerson to take all appropriate measures to secure the release of Americans held in North Korea.
Kim was accused of espionage and subversion, and was brought before the cameras in March past year to deliver a highly choreographed confession, similar to the one that Warmbier was made to give.
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