Rodman Gives North Korean Official Trump's 'Art of the Deal

Fred Warmbier said there's relief to have their son home in the arms of those who love him and anger that he was so brutally treated for so long. He said his son will now get medical care that he was denied in North Korea.

The University of Virginia student was medically evacuated from North Korea and arrived in Cincinnati late Tuesday.

Former North Korea detainee and USA college student Otto Warmbier is in stable condition but has suffered a "severe neurological injury", University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman Kelly Martin said Thursday.

Warmbier was taken into custody in January 2016 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March last year.

Warmbier, who had been confined for 17 months, has apparently fallen into a coma not long after his confinement began and Pyongyang issued a statement Thursday saying it chose to let him go for "humanitarian reasons".

Fred Warmbier told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Wednesday from his OH home that his son, Otto, "is not in great shape right now".

Warmbier's parents said they were informed through contacts that Otto had fallen ill from botulism some time after his March 2016 trial and lapsed into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement they learned of their son's condition a week before his release.

Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center are evaluating Warmbier, who was admitted Tuesday night in a coma, according to his family.

Residents of the northern Cincinnati suburb tied blue-and-white ribbons, the school colors, to trees near the family's home.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency said Otto Warmbier had been serving hard labour but didn't comment on his medical condition or how the country negotiated his release with the United States.

When asked by reporters if he would bring up the cases of Warmbier and three other Americans detained in North Korea, Rodman said, "That's not my objective right now".

Reuters news agency cited an unnamed U.S. officials as saying his release came after Joseph Yun, the State Department's special envoy on North Korea, travelled to Pyongyang and demanded his release.

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a former USA ambassador to the United Nations, said there should be an investigation into what happened to Warmbier leading to this "tragic situation".

The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns. The U.S. government has issued travel warnings to Americans against travel to the North. "I call on them to release the other Americans being held", he said.

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