Otto Warmbier 'was brutalised by pariah N Korea', parents say

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

Warmbier is from the Cincinnati suburb Wyoming.

Tillerson said the Department of State was continuing "to have discussions" with North Korea about the release of other three American citizens imprisoned there.

A Wyoming man held prisoner in North Korea for over a year is returning to OH tonight, but the news isn't all happy. Yun met North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations on June 6 and was told about Warmbier's condition, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

But the important thing in the immediate future is Mr. Warmbier's health. "We wish him well, but we have issued travel warnings to Americans and suggested they not travel to North Korea for their own safety".

A White House official said Trump had instructed Tillerson to take all appropriate measures to secure the release of Americans held in North Korea.

The witness also said North Korea authorities did not use force against him, but were tough. His family says he is in a coma. Yun and two physicians flew to Pyongyang and visited Warmbier on Monday. He was evacuated on Tuesday.

PotCoin, which hopes to become the Bitcoin of the marijuana industry, is sponsoring the former National Basketball Association player's trip to North Korea to meet with the leader of the reclusive state, Kim Jong Un.

In November 2014, USA spy chief James Clapper went to Pyongyang to bring home Matthew Miller, who had ripped up his visa when entering the country and was serving a six-year sentence on an espionage charge, and Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, who had been sentenced to 15 years for alleged anti-government activities.

During a government-arranged news conference in Pyongyang, which was held a month before the ruling was handed down, a tearful Warmbier pleaded for his release, saying he stole the banner because a member of his church offered to buy him a used vehicle in exchange.

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The Warmbier family released a statement Tuesday saying they are grateful their son will finally be home with the people who love him.

Two Ohio senators are denouncing North Korea after a resident of their state was said to be in a coma after being released from a prison in that country.

Tillerson announced that the Department of State had secured Warmbier's release at the direction of the Republican president.

Thus, nothing more than a New Year's Eve college prank was elevated to phony charges that Warmbier had committed an act tantamount to trying to overthrow the government. "I can only feel for what the family is going through", he said, shaking his head.

North Korea's first private university, PUST was founded and remains operated by actors outside the country, mostly Evangelical Christian organizations. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland said the country's "despicable actions. must be condemned".

Otto Warmbier's parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, confirmed in a statement that their son is in a coma.

They say that Otto Warmbier is on a Medivac flight on his way home. "At the direction of the President, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea", he said in a statement. "Mr Warmbier is en route to the U.S. where he will be reunited with his family". "North Korea is persecuting their savior, a person who came to help them". With concern mounting over Warmbier's deteriorating condition since the State Department learned of it in early June, a delegation arrived in Pyongyang on June 12 that included a State Department representative and a medical team.

Otto Warmbier, an American university student held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months and said by his family to be in a coma, was medically evacuated to the U.S. on Tuesday as his local church continues to pray for him.

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