Washington Mulling Travel Ban on All Americans To North Korea

Frederick Owens
June 26, 2017

Otto Warmbier is now in an OH hospital suffering from "severe neurological injury" but is in a stable condition after North Korea released him on "humanitarian grounds".

Otto Warmbier, 22, has a "severe" neurological injury but is stable and receiving treatment at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, center spokeswoman Kelly Martin said at a news briefing at Warmbier's high school in Wyoming, Ohio.

After a one-hour trial in March 2016, Otto was convicted of attempting to steal a propaganda poster and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Some media reports said the North Koreans suggested Otto Warmbier had come down with a case of botulism and fell into a coma after being given a sleeping pill - an account questioned by a number of officials.

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"We were advised by the past administration to take a low profile", and not do anything to offend the North Koreans, Warmbier said. "He's now home with his family, and I am so tremendously proud of Otto".

"We don't believe anything they (the North Koreans) say", his father said. North Korea reportedly told the USA that Warmbier contracted botulism poisoning and fell into a coma soon after his March 2016 trial, in which he confessed to stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel. The hospital will provide an update on his condition at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

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Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been heightened by dozens of North Korean missile launches and two nuclear bomb tests since the beginning of past year. They were warned not to say anything bad about the leaders or the country, or they might do something to harm their son. He said his son will now get medical care that he was denied in North Korea.

Otto Warmbier was rushed to a Cincinnati hospital shortly after arriving from Pyongyang late Tuesday night.

In a separate statement, Otto Warmbier's doctors described his condition.

When asked if he thought President Barack Obama could have done more to help his son, Fred Warmbier replied, "The results speak for themselves". "I call on them to release the other Americans being held", he urged.

"I want my kid home". In an interview slated to air on Thursday evening, Warmbier's father Fred told anchor Tucker Carlson that his son is "not in great shape."

The family had gone 15 months without hearing a word from Otto. It was earlier this year Warmbier and his wife, he said, decided they would no longer practice "strategic patience".

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