US college student released by North Korea arrives in Ohio

A Department of State spokeswoman said that out of respect for the privacy of Warmbier's family, "we have no further comment".

In a tearful statement made before his trial, Warmbier told a gathering of reporters in Pyongyang he was offered a used auto worth $10,000 if he could get a propaganda banner and was also told that if he was detained and didn't return, $200,000 would be paid to his mother in the form of a charitable donation.

The two American teachers were arrested last month for allegedly carrying out hostile activities against Pyongyang.

NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman landed in North Korea.

The incident comes at a time of grave tensions on the Korean peninsula, with the Kim Jong-un regime signaling plans to top a series of missile launches with the test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) - and threatening nuclear retaliation for what it says is US aggression. Three Americans remain in custody.

The 22-year-old's return marks an end to the ordeal that his family has been through, not knowing what had happened to Warmbier since he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor in March last year.

The University of Virginia student, a native of Cincinnati, had attempted to steal a propaganda banner while he was in North Korea for a five-day visit.

North Korea has freed an imprisoned U.S. citizen from its custody, Turkey's Anadolu Agency (AA) reported Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as saying on Tuesday. He said Warmbier, of Cincinnati, was en route to the U.S.

"We get to see our son Otto tonight", Fred Warmbier told The Washington Post earlier Tuesday. However, it must do so without making the kind of outlandish concessions that the Obama administration made as a matter of course to secure the release of US citizens held by Iran.

U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon talks to journalists after meeting with Japan's National Security Council Chief Shotaro Yachi at the prime minister's office Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Tokyo.

The Warmbiers have been relentlessly pressing - first behind the scenes and then more publicly - for their son's release. 'We learned of this only one week ago.

The State Department denied any connection between Warmbier's release and Rodman's visit, which President Donald Trump's administration said it did not authorise. The official referred to them as "hostages". "Arrangements were made for Warmbier to leave North Korea". While it is a secular school - North Korea keeps a tight grip on information about religion - the university chiefly employs Christian staff. A United Nations commission documented in 2014 that "the use of torture is an established feature of the interrogation process" in North Korea.

In fact, Otto Warmbier has been in a coma since shortly after his trial. There, North Korean officials told Yun about Warmbier's condition. He visited Warmbier with two doctors on Monday, and demanded his release on humanitarian grounds. He was evacuated on Tuesday. The North Koreans agreed and he was flown out on Tuesday, the official said.

It's not clear if Warmbier's release during Rodman's visit was purely coincidental.

Rodman, one of the few Americans to have met the DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Un, came with an assistant and was received by DPRK officials at the Pyongyang International Airport, but he only posed for photographs without talking to the press.

Before arriving this time, Rodman told reporters that Trump would be happy with the trip because he was "trying to accomplish something that we both need", prompting speculation that he may be operating as an unofficial envoy. He told reporters in Beijing, as he departed for Pyongyang, that he hopes his trip will "open a door" for Trump.

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