Punish NKorea for Mistreatment of US Student — WashPost

Sen. Charles E. Schumer and his staff

Sen. Charles E. Schumer and his staff

The 22-year-old contracted botulism and is in "bad shape" but en route back to the United States, a source close to the family told CNN.

She tells reporters, "we are grateful and thankful" for Warmbier's release, but says it is "too soon" to talk about dialogue between the USA and North Korea. Rodman had told reporters before arriving in Pyongyang that the issue of Americans detained by North Korea is "not my goal right now". "I think we're very excited yet very prayerful about what is happening because we've heard he is in a coma".

The parents of a college student released by North Korea after 17 months of detention are expected to discuss their son's condition publicly.

As previously reported, Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate, was charged with subversion and sentenced in March 2016 by the North Korean Supreme Court, which considered the theft of the banner as part of an anti-regime plot in cooperation with the USA government. The University of Virginia student graduated from there in 2013 as class salutatorian and had played soccer.

Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

"I'm just here to see some friends and have a good time", Rodman said to reporters.

Nearly immediately on taking office in January, Trump and his team - having been briefed by the outgoing president Barack Obama - declared the North's attempts to build, test and arm a nuclear-capable ballistic missile as Washington's biggest threat. A senior American official tells the New York Times that Warmbier was repeatedly beaten while in North Korean custody. "We get to see our son Otto tonight".

In an editorial, the newspaper noted Warmbier was an "economics major with a bright future when he signed on for a short tourist trip to North Korea in December 2015". U.S. officials then urged those with the ability to persuade Pyongyang to ratchet up the pressure to get him released, said a source, who is familiar with the government's efforts.

Warmbier was released this week after negotiations between United States and North Korea diplomats culminated in a visit to North Korea by U.S. Special Envoy Joseph Yun, NPR reported Wednesday. The North, through its official news agency, said that "a relevant institution" is investigating. "Thanks to my sponsor Potcoin.com" with a photo of himself holding an itinerary from the North Korean airline Air Koryo. "We won't know anything for sure until doctors are able to fully evaluate Otto's condition".

Since last March, the U.S. had been pressing North Korea to let Swedish officials see the four Americans, the senior State Department official told CNN. He says in a statement that the State Department secured Warmbier's release at the direction of President Donald Trump. Swedish diplomats, who represent US interests in Pyongyang, were able to check in on Warmbier recently and reported that the young American was in a coma after being stricken with what appeared to be a case of botulism. "It's a delicate matter, he said". Would you join us by making a donation today to this important work?

If nothing else, the confluence of these two events highlights the enduring strangeness of North Korea as an actor on the worldwide stage.

In a series of interviews with news outlets in early May, Trump said he would be "honored" to meet with Kim under the right circumstances, and he called the North Korean leader a "pretty smart cookie", citing his ability to consolidate power in his mid-20s after his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman says North Korea should be "universally condemned for its abhorrent behavior". "Otto should have been released from the start".

Warmbier's parents, Fred and Cindy, confirmed their son was on a medevac flight.

"Each action can individually increase the cost and complexity of sanctions evasion for North Korea, but if applied against a number of these key nodes simultaneously, they could, in theory, cause the entire overseas system to collapse". But there is no connection between the two events, US National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton said.

President Donald J. Trump ordered a State Department envoy and a medical team to Pyongyang to take Warmbier home to OH, ending his parents' nightmare and showing how intractable relations remain between the countries.

While in Pyongyang, Yun also visited the three other American detainees, the report said.

He said upon his arrival that he was in the country as a private citizen, and "my goal is to actually see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea".

A North Korean foreign ministry official, requesting anonymity because no formal North Korean statement had been released, said only that Warmbier was released and left the country Tuesday. Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told that he has been in that condition since March of 2016. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration has asked China to act against some 10 entities; if Beijing does not respond promptly, the United States should act unilaterally.

It's not clear if he was forced to speak by the North Koreans.

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. Not until Tuesday was he finally flown home to Cincinnati, gravely ill and reportedly in a coma. Warmbier arrived in OH after be.

Most people will make a full recovery with treatment, but the paralysis can spread to the muscles that control breathing if it's not treated quickly.

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