USA student freed by N. Korea has 'severe neurological injury'

On Thursday, the State Department said that U.S. diplomat Joseph Yun, who negotiated Mr Warmbier's release, had also met with three other USA citizens being held in North Korea.

Warmbier took questions from the reporters, many of whom asked about Otto's well-being. "North Korea doesn't do anything out of the kindness of their heart". "We don't believe anything they say".

"We knew the dynamic was changing and, honestly, nothing was happening in our world for Otto, no communication, no letter, nothing". North Korea reportedly told the USA that Warmbier contracted botulism poisoning and fell into a coma soon after his March 2016 trial, in which he confessed to stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel. "No one", Fred Warmbier said last month.

Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, speaks during a news conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Despite his ill-advised tour of North Korea and alleged attempt to steal a propaganda poster, the treatment that he and other prisoners (there are three Americans still imprisoned in North Korea) received is unacceptable.

The 22-year-old University of Virginia student was taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

"And he's now home with his family", Fred Warmbier said in a news conference Thursday at his son's former Cincinnati high school.

"My goal is to go over there and try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea".

Otto returned home to the a coma and had to be carried off a plane and transported to a hospital. A source close to the family said Warmbier contracted botulism previous year.

The New York Times previously cited a senior United States official as saying Washington had received intelligence reports Mr Warmbier was repeatedly beaten while held captive in North Korea.

"We are not burdened with whatever North Korea says or does any longer", he said.

They described his condition as "unresponsive wakefulness", also known as persistent vegetative state. "He's now home with his family, and I am so tremendously proud of Otto".

Warmbier's release comes at a time when Rodman may be trying to procure a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a four-day trip to the isolated country.

"North Korea would have calculated before his release and hoped for a positive effect", on bilateral ties, he said, adding that this could backfire if Warmbier's health condition was more serious than they had anticipated.

  • Rogelio Becker