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Who is Otto Warmbier?

Who is Otto Warmbier?

Otto Warmbier passed away a week after his release from North Korea. He was detained in January 2016 at the airport in Pyongyang while on his way home.

The United States calls on Pyongyang to release three U.S. citizens who are in detention in North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a press statement after the news about the death of a USA student, who had been held captive for over 17 months.

The family of an American college student who died days after being released from North Korea in a coma says the 22-year-old "has completed his journey home".

When he returned to the USA on June 13, he was "unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands", the family said at the time, but his expression soon changed.

"There has still been nearly no information disclosed about his period in detention", the company said in its statement.

"Bad things happened, but at least we got him home to his parents". The US student was released from North Korea just a few days ago but in a coma. At the time of Warmbier's release, a White House official said Joseph Yun, the US envoy on North Korea, had met with North Korean foreign ministry representatives in Norway the previous month. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor in North Korea, convicted of subversion after he tearfully confessed he had tried to steal a propaganda banner.

The death is likely to exacerbate relations between the U.S. and North Korea, whose leader, Kim Jong-un, has threatened to attack the United States with nuclear weapons in recent months.

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Doctors had described his condition as a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" and said he suffered a "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause. The news were confirmed by his family, who recently learned that he was in a coma.

They said Warmbier's severe brain injury was most likely - given his young age - to have been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain. North Korea's demands include a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War and the removal of US troops from the Korean Peninsula.

He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in March 2016 for trying to steal a political banner, and was medically evacuated to OH last week.

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.

President Donald Trump issued a statement on Warmbier's death on Monday. Washington had offered dialogue, but only on the condition that North Korea completely denuclearizes. Some have disputed that, however, with experts pointing out that prisoners in North Korea are often coerced into making confessions.

Trump drew criticism in May when, in an interview with Bloomberg, he said he would be "honoured" to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto's family and friends, and all who loved him". "The way his detention was handled was appalling, and a tragedy like this must never be repeated", said the company.


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