US official's 'quiet diplomacy' led to Warmbier's release

That was used as evidence in his hour-long trial, during which North Korea accused him of committing "hostile acts" against the regime at the urging of a purported member of a church in his home state of OH, a secretive university organization and the Central Intelligence Agency.

US and North Korean officials said Rodman played no role in freeing Warmbier and the timing of the release and Rodman's arrival was a coincidence.

After handing their passports to the immigration officer, there was a lull, followed by the appearance of two North Korean security officials, who took Warmbier to a private room.

The US government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.

Paraded before the media a month later in Pyongyang, he tearfully apologized for attempting to steal a political banner from a staff-only section of his hotel.

The Warmbiers were told just a week ago that their son contracted botulism and fell into a coma shortly after being arrested and sentenced, in March previous year. North Korea told a USA official that Warmbier contracted botulism and slipped intothe coma after taking a sleeping pill, a senior State Department official told CNN. But the family wasn't buying the explanation.

But they could not definitively say what could have caused such an event, saying they had found no signs of a botulism infection - the explanation given by the North Korean regime for how the young man fell into a coma.

The father of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old student who was released from North Korea, said Thursday that his son was "brutalized and terrorized" during 18 months of captivity, hours after the North said it had freed him on "humanitarian grounds".

Carlson asked how the family was holding up. On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologized. Trump directed him to do everything possible to secure their release.

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"He has not spoken", Kanter said. He was visiting North Korea with a tour group. The North Koreans agreed to let Swedish diplomats visit the U.S. detainees, including Warmbier.

Doctors said there was no evidence that Warmbier suffered any broken bones. He said officials would not comment on Warmbier's health or how he came to be in his current condition. Tillerson then dispatched Yun to North Korea "with the intent of bringing Otto back to the United States", according to a White House timeline. "When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release".

With the tense relationship between the United States and North Korea, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert strongly advises against traveling to the East Asian country. "Some of these, as I hope you can try to understand, are sensitive, diplomatic matters".

Defence Secretary James Mattis declared North Korea "most urgent and risky threat to peace and security", before the House Armed Services Committee, just hours before Mr Warmbier's release was announced. The next day, Warmbier was flown to a U.S. base in Japan before making the longer journey to OH to be reunited with his family.

He said that there was little in the way of updates on his son for much of that time and that they were "forced to be quiet and act different because we didn't want to offend" North Korea should it impact negotiations for Otto's release.

And these rumour have been lent more weight after Otto was returned to the U.S. in a coma. The US wouldn't publicly describe their condition.

Before wrapping up the interview, Carlson asked Warmbier if he had any advice for the other three families who have a loved one imprisoned in North Korea.

Yun, after landing in North Korea, secured Warmbier's release.

Warmbier appeared emotional at a news conference organized by the North Koreans before his trial in March 2016. "I'm not going to get into what that might look like", U.S. Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a briefing on Thursday, reports Sputnik.

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