Veteran negotiator offers to go to North Korea to free Americans, Canadian

  • Veteran negotiator offers to go to North Korea to free Americans, Canadian

Veteran negotiator offers to go to North Korea to free Americans, Canadian

American doctors who are treating Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old college student who was released by North Korea this week in a coma after 17 months of detention, said he suffered "severe neurological injury". "What's happened to him is a truly awful thing", Trump said in Miami at the start of a speech on Cuba.

The statements from the father and the University of Cincinnati doctors - on a day when North Korea claimed it had freed Mr. Warmbier on "humanitarian grounds" - shed little light on what he has endured since March 2016, when he tearfully confessed to stealing a propaganda poster and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after a one-hour trial. On Thursday, Fred Warmbier addressed reporters wearing that same jacket, and fought back tears as he spoke of it. At a press conference on Thursday, images of Otto Warmbier's brain were revealed, they showed significant loss of brain tissue in all areas of his brain.

Rather, Daniel Kanter, medical director of the neuroscience intensive care unit at University of Cincinnati Medical Center said, the pattern of brain injury they see on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results appeared consistent with a cardiopulmonary arrest, with damage to brain tissue caused by lack of blood flow to the brain.

"I call on them to release the other Americans being held", he urged, referring to three U.S. citizens still in North Korea. "These things are tough to process, but he's with us, and we're trying to make him comfortable". "But what they do is they provide fodder for the North Koreans and my son happened to become fodder for the North Koreans", Fred Warmbier said.

How the news of Warmbier's condition might impact North Korea's fledgling tourism market remains unclear. Over the past week, emerging details have highlighted the Obama administration's incompetence or its unwillingness to fight for Warmbier's release.

This story has been corrected to show that Otto Warmbier was presented to media for his confession in North Korea in 2016, not 2015, and on February 29, not in March. "It could be some kind of stress from the imprisonment; it could be beatings and torture", he said, adding that North Korea should cooperate with an investigation, perhaps carried out by the United Nations.

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.

Blue-and-white ribbons in the school's colors were tied around trees and utility poles all the way along the city's main road in a show of support.

However, the BBC reports that scans performed at the Cincinnati Medical Center show "no sign that he was physically abused during his detention". (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?".

"It must have been an accident and that's probably why they were hiding it for a year", Go Myong-Hyun, researcher at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, told AFP.

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been heightened by North Korean missile launches and two nuclear bomb tests.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea on Friday lashed out at worldwide sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs, saying they are being used to block everything from frozen chicken to swimming flippers. "The results speak for themselves". A handful of USA lawmakers were pushing to ban the practice before news of Warmbier's coma broke. He says efforts to get Warmbier home never ceased.