"Please, I have made the worst mistake of my life, but please, act to save me", Warmbier said during his court appearance in March 2016.
Had Kim Jong Un, a 90s basketball fanboy, traded a high profile American prisoner for a chance to play NBA Jam with his boyhood hero?
The American university student Otto Warmbier was finally returned to his family after almost a year and a half of detention in North Korea.
Tillerson told USA senators at the start of a budget hearing that the State Department had no comment on Warmbier's condition "out of respect for him and his family".
Emmett Saulnier, Warmbier's former college roommate, said he got a brief phone call from Warmbier's father early Tuesday to let him know the younger Warmbier was coming home, and he had been in a coma since last March. When the Swedes finally got the okay to visit, the North Koreans immediately asked for a meeting with Joe Yun, the U.S. envoy in NY, when he was told about Otto Warmbier's condition.
They also said they are grateful he "will finally be with people who love him".
The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.
"I'm just here to see some friends and have a good time", Rodman said to reporters.
Americans are regarded as enemies in North Korea because the two countries never signed a peace treaty at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
"Well, I'm pretty sure he's pretty much happy with the fact that I'm over here trying to accomplish something that we both need", Rodman said in Beijing when asked if Trump was aware of the trip. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman made his fifth visit to the country, telling reporters before his arrival that he hoped to "open a door" between Kim and the rest of the world.
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The American college student being held captive in North Korea since last January has finally returned home to the United States after diplomats learned he's been in a coma for more than a year.
University President Teresa Sullivan said in a statement that the school is relieved to hear Warmbier was released, but is concerned about his condition.
AN American college student released from a North Korean prison in a COMA is finally "home" but in an OH hospital after arriving back on United States soil.
Securing Warmbier's release "was a big priority" for President Donald Trump, who worked "very hard and very closely" with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
For the three in North Korea, their fate largely relies on the work of the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, which serves as a sort of intermediary between the countries, given that the United States has no official diplomatic ties to the country.
Trump, after speaking with Tillerson, directed that a plane carrying Yun and medical personnel be sent to Pyongyang, telling - not asking - the North Koreans that it was going to land and that Warmbier must be seen, a senior administration official said. Rodman was on season eight of Trump's reality TV show The Apprentice in 2009, and returned for Celebrity Apprentice 6 in 2013.
Warmbier was one of four Americans detained in North Korea.
Kim had moved to the northeastern Chinese city of Yanji in 2001 and had been working in the Rajin-Sonbong special economic zone, just over the border in North Korea, as head of a trade and hotel services company.
Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir) was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts. The first, Kim Sang-Duk, who also goes by the name of Tony Kim, was arrested in April 2016 at the airport.
"Each action can individually increase the cost and complexity of sanctions evasion for North Korea, but if applied against a number of these key nodes simultaneously, they could, in theory, cause the entire overseas system to collapse".