BREAKING NEWS Out Of North Korea


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that North Korea had released Otto Warmbier, an American serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts.


Tillerson said in a statement that Warmbier was on his way back to the U.S. to be re-united with his family. He said the State Department secured Warmbier’s release at the direction of President Trump. Tillerson said the State Department was still discussing two other detained Americans with North Korea.

Warmbier’s family told Washington Post on Tuesday that he was being evacuated in a coma, which he has apparently been in for more than a year.

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“Our son is coming home,” Fred Warmbier told the Post after his son was out of the isolated nation, according to the story. “At the moment, we’re just treating this like he’s been in an accident. We get to see our son Otto tonight.”


The Post’s story said the family was notified by North Korea that Warmbier contracted botulism not long after his court appearance in March 2016 and was given sleep-inducing medication, after which he failed to wake up.


His trial lasted 1 hour in which he allegedly took down a sign of the late dictator Kim Jong II.

Warmbier was sentenced in March 2016 after a televised public confession in which he broke down into tears begging for forgiveness and saying he made the biggest mistake of his life.  He was convicted of stealing the sign from a staff-only floor in the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang and committing “crimes against the state.”

“Otto has been in a coma for over a year now and urgently needs proper medical care in the United States,” former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “We received a call from Cindy and Fred Warmbier early today to update us on Otto’s condition. In no uncertain terms North Korea must explain the causes of his coma.”

Tillerson’s announcement came as former NBA player Dennis Rodman paid a return visit to North Korea. Rodman said ahead of his trip that the detained Americans were not on his agenda, his fifth to the country but his first with President Trump in office.

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