The First Video Of Otto Warmbier Returning Home Is Heartbreaking
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 21:39
A medical team from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center described Otto Warmbier's condition as a "state of unresponsive wakefulness".
Warmbier was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor in North Korea.
Fred Warmbier got emotional as he revealed he was wearing the same jacket his son wore when he gave a televised confession and apology in North Korea in February 2016.
When asked if Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea had anything to do with Otto's release, Warmbier responded, "No he didn't".
"We were advised by the past administration to take a low profile", and not do anything to offend the North Koreans, Warmbier said.
His father Fred Warmbier said: "We went for 15 months without a word from or about Otto".
Fred Warmbier said he and his wife, Cindy Warmbier, worked tirelessly for the release of their son, who he said was detained at an airport in Pyongyang in January 2016. She says the parents plan a Thursday morning news conference. Warmbier had visited North Korea as part of a tour organized by a China-based company.
"Otto, I love you and I'm so insane about you, I'm so glad you're home, you are such a great guy", he continued. They said his prognosis remains confidential.
"We don't believe anything they [North Korea] say", Fred Warmbier said, wearing a sport coat Otto Warmbier had worn during a broadcast confession of his crimes previous year in North Korea. The North Korean government said Warmbier had suffered from botulism and was given a sleeping pill, but never woke up.
"They do not do this out of the kindness of their hearts", said Fred Warmbier. This delegation arrived there on Monday, and Warmbier was medically evacuated the following day on "humanitarian grounds".
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says there should be an investigation into what happened to an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and was returned to his home state of OH in a coma. They took him hostage.
Asked later if he believes the past administration could have done more, Fred Warmbier replied, "I think the results speak for themselves".
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".