Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

Otto Warmbier, an American student who was detained in North Korea in January 2016 and lapsed into coma in March soon after his trial, was released by the Pyongyang regime on humanitarian nrounds.

The release of Otto 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 nuclear standoff.

Donald Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said securing Mr Warmbier's release "was a big priority" for the president, who worked "very closely" with the.

According to the State Department, North Korea got urgently in touch with the United States at the United Nations on June 6 to say that Mr. Warmbier was in a coma and needed medical attention.

Three other USA citizens are being detained in North Korea, at a time when Kim Jong Un has been firing missiles and threatening to strike the United States. They said they were told their son has been in a coma since his trial - when he was last seen in public - and they had learned of this only one week ago. "My Center for Global Engagement has worked on behalf of the Warmbier family with the North Korean government directly, including a visit late past year to advance negotiations for his release, as well as with both the Obama and Trump administrations". Of Otto's parents, Cynthia and Fred Warmbier, he said: 'I can't even begin to put myself in their shoes'. He has said he is just going to have a good time but has also hinted he is "trying to open a door" for better relations between Washington and Pyongyang.

The announcement comes as former National Basketball Association superstar Dennis Rodman makes a return visit to the hermit kingdom where he has regularly enjoyed access to the country's top leadership, including Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.

Moon, a center-left politician who was sworn in last month after a landslide election win, wants to engage with the North to bring it to the negotiating table, rather than continuing the hardline stance taken by his ousted predecessor Park Geun-Hye.

The State Department denied any connection between Warmbier's release and Rodman's visit, which the Trump administration said it did not authorise. It's nearly like he's perpetually auditioning for the non-existent post of United States' ambassador to North Korea.

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PotCoin stock soared almost 100 percent after news and photos of Rodman were published upon his arrival in North Korea. He was detained when as tour group prepared to leave North Korea, charged with engaging in allegedly anti-state activity. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor for subversion after he tearfully confessed that he had tried to steal a propaganda banner.

"We thank you for the opportunity and blessing you've given us to serve your agenda and the American people", said Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who reports suggest may be at risk of losing his job amid internal palace squabbles.

A North Korean foreign ministry official said Rodman would stay until Saturday.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, confirmed the release but did not comment on Warmbier's health.

The parents of the 22-year old American college student freed by North Korea say he is in a coma.

Previous detainees have been released after visits from high-profile Americans, including former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

A former Virginia resident and naturalized American citizen, Kim Dong-chul, was arrested shortly after Warmbier on accusations of espionage and was sentenced to 10 years with hard labor. It is imperative that the State Department continue its efforts to secure their release.

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