Veteran negotiator offers to go to North Korea to free Americans, Canadian

17 June 2017, 04:19 | Andres Norman

Otto Warmbier's roommate in North Korea has spoken out for the first time - and chillingly recalls his last words to the 22-year-old college student, who was released from imprisonment in North Korea in a coma on Tuesday. "What's happened to him is a truly awful thing, but at least the ones who love him so much can now take care of him and be with him", Trump said during a speech in Miami.

North Korea has released 22-year-old United States student Otto Warmbier from a 15 year sentence of hard labor, officials said June 13, 2017, as former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang.

Otto Warmbier's family said that hey are "adjusting to a different reality" after their son returned home from North Korea, where he was "brutalized" by Kim Jong Un's regime and held for more than a year in a coma, according to Fox News. "It was kind", Fred Warmbier said. He also shows extensive loss of brain tissue, the news agency cited doctors as saying, which is consistent with respiratory arrest, when the brain is cut off from oxygen.

Otto Warmbier, 22, has a severe brain injury and is in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness", his OH doctors said on Thursday.

In 1996, Richardson secured the release of a 26-year-old American, Evan Hunziker, who was held for three months in North Korea on spying charges. We're trying to make him comfortable.

It could be that "Warmbier went into a coma very soon after the sentencing, but the intelligence services covered it up or didn't report it up the chain", he told AFP, adding that apparently even the North's ministry of foreign affairs had been out of the loop.

On Thursday, the State Department said that its special envoy on North Korea, Joseph Yun, who negotiated Warmbier's release during a visit to the country this week, had also met with three other U.S. citizens being held in North Korea.

"There are three other Americans now being held in North Korea".

North Korea released Warmbier six days later.

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At a news conference before his trial, a weeping Warmbier said he had made "the worst mistake of my life" and pleaded to be released.

But instead of graduating in May with the rest of his class, Warmbier was still in North Korea.

And Robert R. King, the special envoy for North Korea human rights issues who retired in January, noted that the younger Mr. Warmbier had ignored the explicit advice of the State Department, which has a notice on its website that "strongly warns" American citizens not to travel to North Korea. Warmbier was detained for trying to steal a propaganda slogan from his Pyongyang hotel and has confessed to "severe crimes" against the state, the North's official media said on Monday.

Gratton said he spent a decent amount of time with the Cincinnati native during their four-day trip and it was doubtable he'd commit such an act.

Although doctors had no information about the type of medical treatment Warmbier received while in North Korea, they did receive MRI images from North Korea dated April 2016, Kanter said.

In the US, Fred Warmbier echoed US denials that Rodman's visit to Pyongyang had anything to do with the sudden release of his sick son.

Blue-and-white ribbons in the school's colors were tied around trees and utility poles all the way along the city's main road in a show of support.

It's unclear if Yun knew as he set off for North Korea that he'd be allowed to bring Warmbier home.

The "quiet diplomacy", as the State Department put it, came at a time of North Korean missile tests and increasing US pressure on Kim Jong Un's totalitarian government. A handful of United States lawmakers were pushing to ban the practice before news of Warmbier's coma broke.



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