Tillerson: North Korea releases US citizen Otto Warmbier

President Trump was immediately informed and ordered the 22-year-old's medical evacuation, sources with knowledge of the situation told the Post. He was in North Korea with a tour group and was arrested on January 2, 2016, while trying to board a plane back to the United States.

Officials could not immediately confirm United States media reports that Warmbier has fallen into a coma during his incarceration. "We learned of this only one week ago".

Asked by Business Insider whether the USA may have coordinated with Rodman over the visit and release of Warmbier, Frank Aum, a former senior adviser on North Korea for the Department of Defense, said the State Department would "certainly have been notified of Rodman's visit".

They added they were grateful their son "will finally be with people who love him".

After nearly a year and a half in a North Korean prison, a University of Virginia student is coming home, though reportedly in a coma.

University student Otto Warmbier has been released from North Korea, the Associated Press first reported Tuesday morning. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor for subversion after he tearfully confessed that he had tried to steal a propaganda banner. It was his last public appearance.

The president of an American university where a student attended before being imprisoned by North Korea says the school is "deeply concerned and saddened" to learn that he is in a coma.

The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record about the sequence of events and requested anonymity, said that after Tillerson consulted with Trump, Yun was dispatched to North Korea. "We get to see our son Otto tonight", he said. According to the Washington Post, Warmbier is said to be in a coma.

When he was at the airport about to leave the country, North Korean officials detained him.

Lawmakers from Virginia also hailed Warmbier's release and denounced North Korea for its actions.

The other U.S. citizens now being held by North Korea include Kim Hak-Song and Tony Kim, both professors at the Pyongyang University of Science and technology. The third is a businessman named Kim Dong Chul.

The United States has no formal diplomatic relations with North Korea. "We're working on it".

In April and May, North Korea detained two other Korean Americans, both of them affiliated with the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, a private institution run by Korean American Christians. "In no uncertain terms North Korea must explain the causes of his coma", Richardson said. Rodman, who has always been slammed for his unlikely friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, said he believed US President Donald Trump would be "happy" with the fact he was "just trying to open a door". It said its special envoy on North Korean policy met with North Korean foreign ministry representatives in Norway last month. The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no formal statement had been released. Rob Portman, who represents Warmbier's home state of Ohio.

Right now, the only information about Warmbier's condition is coming directly from his family. "Over the last 18 months, they have had to endure more than any family should have to bear".

The announcement on Warmbier's release came as former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman was paying a return visit to Pyongyang. He said working toward their release is "not my goal right now", reported the Associated Press. "My goal is to go over there and try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea". In a one-hour trial, he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor. Given the passage of time, though, it may not be possible to determine if his coma is the result of some reaction to the drugs he was given to treat botulism or due to something else, such as physical abuse by the North Koreans.

As reported by Cavalier Daily, Warmbier made the same confession during his criminal trial.

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