Dennis Rodman Says He's On 'Mission' To North Korea
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 18:08
Warmbier was freed on the same day former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman landed in North Korea to visit its leader, Kim Jong Un. Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016.
The secretary said that out of "respect for the privacy of Mr. Warmbier and his family, we have no further comment on Mr. Warmbier".
A North Korean foreign ministry official said Warmbier was released and left the country Tuesday morning.
Rodman has traveled to North Korea before, though he has been criticized for comments he made on previous trips. He's likely to face similar accusations now: His visit comes amid global condemnation over North Korea's accelerating efforts to develop nuclear weapons and missiles, which poses one of the toughest foreign policy challenges for President Donald Trump.
(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein). Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman, center, prepares to go through immigration at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
"We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime" in North Korea, the Warmbiers said in a statement quoted by the AP.
During Rodman's first trip, he and Kim, known to be a basketball enthusiast, sat side by side at an exhibition game in Pyongyang, and chatted as they watched players from North Korea and the United States play on mixed teams.
"Otto has left North Korea".
Trump weighed in on Twitter last month that North Korea is "looking for trouble" and urged China to help.
Warmbier, 22, was freed more than a year after a North Korean court sentenced him to 15 years in prison and hard labor.
He had not been seen in public since and Swedish diplomats, who represent American interests in North Korea because the United States has no relations with the country, had been denied access to him since then. "We wish him well, but we have issued travel warnings to Americans and suggested they not travel to North Korea for their own safety", U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon told reporters after discussing the North Korean missile threat and other issues with Japanese counterparts.
Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, was arrested for removing a political banner from a wall in a North Korean hotel during a visit.
But PotCoin didn't say what the trip has to to do with a bitcoin-like digital currency aimed at transactions between legal marijuana users and merchants.
Warmbier said he accepted the offer because his family was "suffering from very severe financial difficulties". A person who answered the phone at Warmbier's family's OH residence said: "No comment, thank you" and hung up.
The purposes of Rodman's visits to North Korea have never been fully transparent.
The Rodman link appears to have already sent PotCoin soaring: the currency's value has jumped more than 60% since Monday to around 17 USA cents, according to industry website CoinMarketCap.com.