Korea trip off to uncharacteristic low-key start

Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told that he has been in that condition since March of 2016.

An American college student who has been in a coma, according to his parents, while serving a 15-year prison term in North Korea, was released and evacuated Tuesday as the Trump administration revealed a rare exchange with the reclusive country.

Otto Warmbier, the Universityi of Virginia student who was held captive in North Korea since January 2016, arrived in his home state of OH in a comatose state. Tillerson did not discuss Warmbier's medical condition. On Monday, they arrived in Pyongyang and Tuesday Warmbier was on a plane back to Cincinnati.

My colleagues Anna Fifield and Karen DeYoung reported that there was no coordination between Rodman and the White House: "Officials involved in securing Warmbier's release told The Post that it had nothing to do with Rodman's trip to Pyongyang, calling it a "bizarre coincidence" that might have been a deliberate ploy from North Korea to distract from Warmbier's condition".

His release, on the other hand, was announced by Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson in Washington Tuesday morning. "So I think that people are trying to be supportive of the family and let the community-family know that we are very with them", she said.

"I'm just here to see some friends and have a good time", Rodman said to reporters.

Asked if he would talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about several Americans detained there, he said "that's not my objective right now".

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Dennis Rodman's visit to North Korea has been uncharacteristically low-key so far.

I'm really looking forward to spending time with the wonderful people of North Korea and of course, visiting with the Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un.

The North agreed to allow Swedish Embassy officials, who often serve as diplomatic proxies for the USA - which does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea - to visit American prisoners.

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There was no immediate confirmation from US officials of North Korea's description of his illness - including whether he was stricken with botulism, a potentially fatal disease that is caused by a toxin but is not usually associated with loss of consciousness.

The release of Warmbier, 18 months into a 15-year sentence, came as US President Donald Trump invited South Korea's new leader Moon Jae-In to Washington for talks on the escalating standoff over the North's nuclear program. However, North Korea could use the currencies for much more if it so chose, and could have a subsequent effect of raising the tide for all cryptocurrencies.

Rodman's current trip is his first since Trump, his former "Celebrity Apprentice" boss, became president. A June 6 meeting led a week later to Warmbier's sudden release Tuesday after 17 months of captivity.

Following the meeting, Yun and two American physicians flew to Pyongyang on a US plane Monday under orders from President Donald Trump to demand to "see Warmbier immediately, and, 'if he was in bad shape, to demand his immediate release, '" the report cited an unidentified official as saying.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he's going to North Korea to try to open a door.

US diplomats, members of Congress and North Korea experts also were hesitant to declare a new chapter in bilateral relations.

Warmbier was one of four Americans detained in North Korea.

An unconfirmed report from North Korea states that Warmbier had contracted botulism following his trial, and was given a sleeping pill, but never woke up. A 2009 visit by former President Bill Clinton secured the freedom of American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling.

- Kim Hak Song, who was detained in early May to be investigated for committing unspecified hostile acts, North Korea has said.

The other American citizen, arrested on April 22, is Sang-Duk Kim, a professor from the same university.

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