United States official's 'quiet diplomacy' led to Warmbier's release

Father assails DPRK over treatment of US student

Father assails DPRK over treatment of US student

An American college student who emerged from prison in North Korea in a coma has severe brain damage, but doctors don't know what caused it, a medical team treating him in OH has said.

Daniel R. Russel, a former assistant secretary of state under Mr. Obama, said the Trump administration deserves "credit for being dogged" in pursuing Mr. Warmbier's release, but had done little differently from the Obama administration.

The university student, who had been on a tourist trip, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor, a punishment the USA decried as far out of proportion to his alleged crime, accusing the North of using him as a political pawn.

His father, Fred Warmbier, said Thursday he does not believe North Korea's explanation that the coma resulted from botulism and a sleeping pill. Doctors say he has suffered severe brain damage.

Otto Warmbier, 22, has a severe brain injury and is in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness", his OH doctors said on Thursday.

USA lawmakers introduced a bill last month that would ban USA citizens from travelling to North Korea as tourists and require them to obtain special permission for other types of visits, following the detention of at least 17 Americans there in the past decade. "These things are tough to process, but he's with us, and we're trying to make him comfortable".

His father, Fred Warmbier, told reporters he believes Warmbier fell into a coma soon after being sentenced.

"Otto Warmbier's condition, its possible causes and his treatment while he was detained in North Korea are of intense interest in a case that threatens to worsen already fraught relations between the United States and North Korea", the Washington Post says.

Hundreds of thousands of people, including children, are detained in the inhumane political prisons and other detention facilities in North Korea and forced to work in its mines.

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Doctors treating an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma plan to discuss his medical condition.

Warmbier was released from the rogue country on Tuesday. He said the foundation's executive director traveled to North Korea in November and proposed that Richardson travel there for the goal, but the North Koreans did not respond.

American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

"We did receive a few pages of laboratory value reports from North Korea, which are numerical values of various blood tests with dates". Warmbier was detained for trying to steal a propaganda slogan from his Pyongyang hotel and has confessed to "severe crimes" against the state, the North's official media said on Monday.

Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was medically evacuated from North Korea and flown to Cincinnati late Tuesday. "Tourism is very welcomed in North Korea, and thus tourists are cherished and well taken care of".

It's not clear what lies ahead for Warmbier.

Fred Warmbier appeared critical of the Obama administration's handling of Otto's detention, saying the family heeded the USA government's initial advice to take a low profile "without result". "It's just something I think in the Western world we just can't understand, we just can't grasp, the evilness behind that dictatorship".

The 56-year-old NBA Hall of Famer has developed unusually cosy ties with the North's young leader over the course of at least four previous trips to the country.

State Department officials refused to comment on Warmbier's health, citing department guidelines, but said the last time the US had any access to Warmbier, through the Swedish Embassy, was March of past year.

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