Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Announces that American Otto Warmbier has been Released by North Korea; Reports say he is in a Coma – Videos 6/13/17

Here is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Capitol Hill today where he announced that the United States has secured the release of American Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student held captive in North Korea for the last 17 months. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor by the North Koreans for reportedly trying to take down a North Korean propaganda sign as a souvenir.

Tillerson did not comment on Warmbier’s condition, but reports indicate the North Koreans say he has been in a coma for over a year as a result of “botulism.” None of that has yet been confirmed. Let’s hope and pray this young man will survive and can get his life back. Good work by the U.S. State Department and the Trump Administration.

WASHINGTON POST

University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier has been medically evacuated from North Korea in a coma after being detained for 17 months, his parents told The Washington Post on Tuesday.

Warmbier, 22, is due to arrive home in Cincinnati on Tuesday evening, after a stop at a U.S. military facility near Sapporo, Japan.

The family said they were informed that North Korean officials had told American envoys that Warmbier became ill from botulism sometime after his March trial and fell into a coma after taking a sleeping pill. The Warmbiers said they were told their son has remained in a coma since then. . . .

His release was announced in Washington by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Tillerson did not discuss Warmbier’s medical condition.

Tillerson called President Trump at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday to inform him that Warmbier was on an airplane en route to the United States, according to a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the details. The last instruction the president left Tillerson was: “Take care of Otto,” the official said. . . . Then suddenly, on Monday last week, North Korean representatives contacted American counterparts and told them that the student was in a coma.

Trump was immediately informed and ordered Otto’s medical evacuation, with the agreement of the North Koreans, according to people with knowledge of the process. “This is a Trump-led effort,” one said. . . . Read More

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