North Korea releases Cincinnati native from hard labor camp

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Coincidentally (or not), Dennis Rodman is now in North Korea.

That does not mean that there is no role for Mr. Rodman to play in helping to improve communications between his friend Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. An editorial in state media this week threatened to hit New York City with an intercontinental ballistic missile.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo). A pair hugs and cries outside the plane carrying Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, before he is transferred from a transport aircraft to.

A military aircraft landed in Cincinnati late Tuesday night, bringing American student Otto Warmbier home from captivity in North Korea. In March 2016, a North Korean kangaroo court, after a one hour show trial, concluded, according to the state-run North Korean Central News Agency, that Warmbier had committed a crime "pursuant to the US government's hostile policy toward [the North], in a bid to impair the unity of its people after entering it as a tourist".

The announcement came shortly after former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang for a return visit to North Korea.

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Authorities are believed to have arrested Kim Hak Song, who had been in North Korea for several weeks working at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), on May 6 this year as he was about to leave the country. Shortly before sentencing, was held a press-conference at which Warmbir, not hiding tears, asked forgiveness of the North Korean people, calling the attempt to steal the poster "the most awful mistake in life". Thousands of US troops are based in South Korea, and the Demilitarized Zone between the North and South is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world.

"It's great knowing that he is going to be back and safe in his own community with his family", fellow Wyoming lacrosse player Beau Brewer said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that the State Department had secured Warmbier's release at the direction of the president. Tillerson informed President Trump of Warmbier's condition and helped organize a medical team to travel with Yun to North Korea.

Since March a year ago, Otto Warmbier was in a coma. "At the moment, we're just treating this like he's been in an accident".

"Since March 2, no one has seen or heard from Otto".

The statement from Leigh contradicts the more serious claim North Korea made in May.

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Parallel to that track, basketball showman Rodman arrived Tuesday in Pyongyang wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of a cryptocurrency set up for marijuana marketers.

Tillerson indicated on Tuesday that Washington is looking for new ways to increase pressure on Pyongyang, telling senators that the White House is considering whether to impose "secondary sanctions" on third countries that do business with North Korea. It's safe to say it stands up half-a-decade later.

Before arriving this time, Rodman told reporters that Trump would be happy with the trip, since he was "trying to accomplish something that we both need", sparking speculation that he may be operating as an unofficial envoy. Rodman had told reporters before arriving in Pyongyang that the issue of Americans detained by North Korea is "not my objective right now". Yun demanded his release and North Korea complied on Tuesday, according to the State Department. "I've not spoken with Dennis Rodman".

"My goal is to go over there and try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea", he said.

If nothing else, the confluence of these two events highlights the enduring strangeness of North Korea as an actor on the global stage. "I will discuss my mission upon my return to the U.S.", he tweeted on Tuesday.

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