Thursday, 21 September, 2017

American Otto Warmbier Has Been Released From A North Korean Prison

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea American Otto Warmbier Has Been Released From A North Korean Prison
Christy Curtis | 15 June, 2017, 02:30

"It's all about doing one thing; it's about peace", Rodman said. It is, however, his first trip since Trump, his former "Celebrity Apprentice" boss, became president. Dennis is not a stupid guy. "He's smart in many ways, he's very street wise". They were told by North Korea that the coma came after he was given a sleeping pill while suffering from botulism.

"I would smoke a big ass blunt with Kim Jong Un", wrote a commenter on the Youtube video.

(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein). Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman gestures to photographers as he prepares to go through immigration at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

His release coincided with the return of former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman, who is visiting North Korea this week on a trip the us says is not a state-sponsored visit. He watched an exhibition game featuring the Harlem Globetrotters with the young despot in February 2013, and when he visited North Korea again in September that same year, Rodman was allowed to hold Kim's newborn child.

Kim, who was educated in Switzerland, is reported to be a keen basketball fan and especially of the Chicago Bulls.

His entourage includes Joseph Terwilliger, a professor who has accompanied Rodman on previous trips to North Korea.

Rodman has been known to travel to the North at least four times. The unlikely pair ended the evening with drinks and dining on sushi.

It's not clear what the goal of Rodman's trip is, and a senior US State Department official told CNN that he was not visiting "in any official capacity". The Department of State continues to have discussions with the DPRK regarding three other USA citizens reported detained.

The North has occasionally jailed USA citizens and released them only after visits by high-profile political figures, including former president Bill Clinton. "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.

North Korea has conducted 10 missile tests this year.

Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea for 17 months, was released from the country early this week, but his freedom comes for a tragic reason.

Warmbier was on a New Year's Eve tour in North Korea, en route to Hong Kong, where he was to do a January study-abroad trip.

Before his trial, Mr Warmbier said he tried to steal the propaganda sign as a trophy for an acquaintance who wanted to hang it in her church.

The world hasn't heard from US undergraduate student Otto Warmbier since his March 2016 sentencing in North Korea for 15 years of hard labor.

Tillerson says that Warmbier is on his way back to the U.S.to be re-united with his family, but he did not talk about his condition.

The trip comes amid high tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, following a string of weapons tests by North Korea, which have prompted successive rounds of sanctions and caused the USA to step up its own muscle-flexing in the region.

"Our son is coming home", Fred Warmbier told The Washington Post. He was given a one-hour trial in March 2016, when the government presented fingerprints, CCTV footage and pictures of a political banner to make its case against the American student.

Rodman is heading to North Korea later Tuesday from Beijing.

Warmbier was about to board a flight home when he was arrested. He previously told Fox News that "maybe Dennis is a lot better than what we have".

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