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USA student Otto Warmbier freed by North Korea has 'severe brain injury'

After Otto Warmbier, detained for more than a year in North Korea, returned home this week in a coma, the Trump administration is looking into ways to stop other Americans from going to North Korea.

"They lure Americans and then they take them hostage and then they do things to them and that's what happened to my son", Warmbier said, per USNews.com.

Otto Warmbier, 22, has been in a coma since March 2016, shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in North Korea, according to his family. On Thursday, Fred Warmbier addressed reporters wearing that same jacket, and fought back tears as he spoke of it.

The doctors 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.

A video released to WCPO Cincinnati this week shows Otto playing in the snow in North Korea before he was arrested. White calls him a "curious boy" and says his adventurous nature led him to travel extensively during summers.

His father, Fred Warmbier, said the family was proud of their son, calling him "a fighter".

Danny Gratton told the Washington Post he met Warmbier in Beijing in December 2015 on a tour to North Korea.

"He (Warmbier) was tried in a kangaroo court, and the punishment was entirely disproportionate", the source in the North Korean tourism industry said.

Otto Warmbier was a 21-year-old University of Virginia economics major with a bright future when he signed on for a short tourist trip to North Korea in December 2015.

"They may put some more pressure on the Chinese, but the testimony of [Defense Secretary Jim] Mattis suggests the administration has made the threat of North Korea its number one priority", he said.

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Otto Warmbier - a quintessential American guy: tall and good-looking, from a close-knit family in a leafy OH suburb - had joined a group tour to North Korea at the end of 2015 on his way to study overseas in Hong Kong.

Twenty-two-year-old Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir) was taken immediately to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after his arrival Tuesday night in Ohio.

North Korea claimed that Warmbier came down with a case of botulism, a rare form of food poisoning, and slipped into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

At no point did Warmbier demand that Obama administration offer North Korea a "ransom" for his son, nor is there any evidence that any ransom was given to the authoritarian regime by the Trump administration to secure Otto Watmbier's release.

He excelled in academics, graduating from Wyoming High School in 2013 as his class salutatorian and getting a scholarship to the University of Virginia.

Tourism to North Korea - especially Western tourism - has risen significantly in recent years despite worldwide tensions regarding the country's nuclear program.

"Otto, I love you and I'm so insane about you, I'm so glad you're home, you are such a great guy", Fred said through tears during the press conference. He was also in a coma for over a year and the United States just found out about his condition last week.

Warmbier, 22, spent nearly a year-and-a-half in captivity after being arrested in January 2016. (Reuters) "We've been we've been brutalized for the last 18 months with misinformation, no information", "Do I think the past administration could have done more?"

Bill Richardson, a former USA ambassador to the United Nations, called for an investigation into what happened to Warmbier.

"I think the results speak for themselves", he said.

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