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Senators condemn NK treatment of US student

18 June 2017, 12:07 | Bernice Figueroa

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang North Korea

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang North Korea

The latest visit comes amid high tensions between Washington and Pyongyang - which is now holding 4 Americans - following a series of missile tests by the North, which have triggered tightened United Nations sanctions.

On arriving in Cincinnatti's Lunken Airport, Warmbier was transferred to a waiting ambulance that rushed him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for urgent treatment, Fox News reported.

"Our son is coming home", father Fred Warmbier said. "Over the last 18 months, they have had to endure more than any family should have to bear". He said he would "discuss my mission upon return to the US". She was sick all day, she said.

David Simons was marveling that another country could treat an American like this. Warmbier's family said in a statement that he is in a coma and on his way home.

"This system imposes unduly harsh sentences for actions that would not be considered crimes in the United States and threatens USA citizen detainees with being treated in accordance with 'wartime law of the DPRK'".

Warmbier was detained in January 2016 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in March 2016 for trying to steal an item with a propaganda slogan, according to North Korean media. "How did he fall into a coma?" It is common for sections of tourist hotels to be reserved for North Korean staff and off-limits to foreigners. And how does the Trump administration respond?

"The Department of State continues to have discussions with the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] regarding three other USA citizens reported detained", the statement said.

Rodman, who endorsed presidential candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign and appeared twice as a contestant on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" TV show, said his latest visit was merely created to visit old friends and to "have a good time". Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman, second right, towers over North Korean children during his visit to Mangyongdae, the birth place of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Pyongyang, Nor. According to the New York Times, American officials suspect that Warmbier's condition could be the result of brutality he may have suffered at the hands of prison guards, given that the North Korean regime has a history of mistreating prisoners.

U.S. officials refused to comment on his condition, but former ambassador and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said he had spoken with the family.

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

North Korea poses one of the greatest national security challenges for Trump as it tries to develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike America.

Ellie Boettcher, a 14-year-old rising freshman at Wyoming High, where Warmbier's sister will be a sophomore, said students were elated. He was charged with "hostile acts against the state".

Warmbier was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor in North Korea for alleged anti-state acts.

The State Department advises "strongly" against visits by US citizens to North Korea, noting that at least 16 Americans have been detained there over the last decade. "Since we also have our citizens detained in the North. we are putting pressure on the North to free them through various channels", he said, vowing "utmost efforts".


As the Americans continued to push for the Swedish diplomats to see all four, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations urgently requested a meeting with Yun in NY, according to Trump administration officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the still-secret arrangements.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Opportunities to spread PotCoin to North Korea seem unlikely.

According to a timeline prepared by Fox News, further meetings between USA and North Korean officials took place thereafter. The North Koreans "were informed that the airplane would land, American and medical officials would get out".

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 auto in exchange. They were immediately taken to Warmbier.

Tillerson told USA senators at the start of a budget hearing that the State Department had no comment on Mr Warmbier's condition, "out of respect for him and his family". The last instruction the president left Tillerson was: "Take care of Otto", the official said. "We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime in North Korea".

State Department officials said Warmbier's release followed secret talks between USA and North Korean diplomats.

The 56-year-old NBA Hall of Famer, who was heavily criticized for failing to raise the plight of a jailed U.S. missionary on a previous trip, said discussing detained United States citizens was "not my objective right now".

Botulism is a very rare but life-threatening condition caused by toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

"While the entire University of Virginia community is relieved to learn of Otto's release from North Korea, we are deeply concerned and saddened to learn from his family that he is in a coma", U-Va.

University President Teresa Sullivan said in a statement that the school is relieved to hear Warmbier was released, but is concerned about his condition. "We are in discussions with them about entities inside of China".

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, called Warmbier's arrest and trial "unnecessary and appalling", while lawmakers from Virginia also denounced North Korea's actions.

In 2014, Rodman arranged a basketball game with other former NBA players and North Koreans and regaled leader Kim with a rendition of "Happy Birthday".

Kim Dong-chul was arrested on accusations of espionage shortly after Warmbier's sentencing and has been held ever since.



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