Korea: US Nuke Envoy's N. Korea Visit was Purely Humanitarian

Otto Warmbier a 22-year-old college student detained and imprisoned in North Korea is carried off of an airplane at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati on Tuesday

He was placed into an ambulance bound for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where a hospital spokeswoman said he would receive treatment. His parents and siblings were waiting for him at a municipal airport in Cincinnati, where Warmbier arrived shortly before 10:20 p.m. He was sentenced in March after a televised tearful public confession to trying to steal a propaganda banner.

After a brief trial broadcast by North Korean state television, Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison and hard labor.

The University of Virginia confirmed that the 22-year-old student is in a coma. The State Department said President Trump had been consulted.

The North Koreans later urgently requested another meeting in NY, and Yun met North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations on June 6, when he was told about Warmbier's "condition", the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Warmbier said before his trial that he tried to steal the propaganda poster as a trophy for an acquaintance, who offered him a used auto worth $13,200 in exchange for the item.

Most notably, is North Korea somehow angling to get in on that lucrative industry? He was freed Tuesday.

"He is on a medivac flight on his way home".

In Wyoming, resident Amy Mayer said news of his release had sent waves of shock and joy through the neighborhood.

"Otto has left 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 USA -in a coma. His parents say he's in a coma.

After a senior State Department official flew to Pyongyang to demand Warmbier's release on humanitarian grounds, he was flown out in a medical evacuation.

The release came after Joseph Yun, the State Department's special envoy on North Korea, travelled to Pyongyang and demanded his freedom on "humanitarian grounds", capping a flurry of secret diplomatic contacts, a USA official said.

The White House says a USA envoy met with North Korean foreign ministry representatives in Norway last month as part of efforts to win freedom for Americans held by Pyongyang. Such meetings are unusual because the two governments do not have diplomatic relations.

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But in Pyongyang, the Swedes were allowed to see only one detainee, and it wasn't Warmbier. His family says he is in a coma.

The star has visited the Stalinist state at least four times before, most recently in 2014, when he attracted a deluge of criticism after being filmed singing happy birthday to his "friend for life", leader Kim.

United States officials refused to comment on Warmbier's condition, but former ambassador and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said he had spoken with the family.

Early stories suggested there might be a connection between Rodman's arrival in Pyongyang Tuesday and North Korea's release of the comatose Otto Warmbier. He was evacuated on Tuesday. Rodman, in an interview with CNN before landing in North Korea, said he was "trying to accomplish something we both need", referring to himself and the Trump administration. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported his arrest for "hostile acts" toward the state the following day, but offered no details about his age, occupation or alleged crime.

On the same day that Warmbier left North Korea, another American made a decision to show up. This reportedly occurred a year ago - but his family was just alerted of his condition last week, according to a statement released by the Warmbier family.

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

In the past, North Korea has held out until senior USA officials or statesmen came to personally bail out detainees.

He informed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who consulted with the president, the officials said. He was sentenced to 15 years with hard labor after an hour-long trial.

He, added: "North Korea should be universally condemned for its abhorrent behaviour".

"My objective is to go over there and try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea", he said.

They said: "We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalised and terrorised by the pariah regime" in North Korea. But efforts to persuade North Korea to release the men now held had not been successful until Warmbier's release Tuesday.

Late this month, Moon will visit the United States for talks with Trump on DPRK-related issues, including countering Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, as well as ways to further strengthen the "ironclad U.S. -ROK alliance" and advance economic cooperation.

The three other USA citizens detained in North Korea are Kim Hak-song, an agricultural researcher at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology; Tony Kim (aka Kim Sang-duk), an accounting teacher from the same school; and Kim Dong-chul, a businessman.

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