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Parents of U.S. student to detail his time in North Korean prison

North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said in a one-line report on Thursday the student was “sent back home on June 13, 2017 on humanitarian grounds according to the adjudication made on the same day by the Central Court of the DPRK”.The father of an American college student released by North Korea and now in a coma in hospital has said his son was “terrorised and brutalised” by his captors. North Korea reportedly told the USA that Warmbier contracted botulism poisoning and fell into a coma soon after his March 2016 trial, in which he confessed to stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel.Otto Frederick Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, is interviewed with domestic and foreign journalists in Pyongyang, North Korea in February, 2016..Former North Korea detainee and U.S. college student Otto Warmbier is in stable condition but has suffered a “severe neurological injury”, University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman Kelly Martin said Thursday.Despite the “severe” injury, Otto Warmbier, 22, is stable and receiving treatment at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, center spokeswoman Kelly Martin said at a news briefing at Warmbier’s high school in Wyoming, Ohio.”He shows no signs of understanding language or responding to verbal commands”, another doctor said. “He has not spoken”.North Korean doctors had provided copies of brain scans dated to April 2016, consistent with the claim that he had been in a coma for more than a year. “Now”, he said, “we don’t have to live in fear”. White calls him a “curious boy” and says his adventurous nature led him to travel extensively during summers. US doctors said they found no evidence of active botulism, a rare, serious illness caused by contaminated food or a dirty wound.The father said there was no reason for the country to keep his 22 year old son’s condition a secret and deny him top medical care.The cause of Warmbier’s condition remains uncertain.Mr Warmbier is in stable condition at the UC Medical Centre, where he was taken immediately after his arrival in OH on Tuesday after more than 17 months in North Korean captivity.Doctors have thus far declined to speculate on Warmbier’s prognosis. “We can say whatever we want”. 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.North Korean officials blamed Otto’s condition on botulism combined with a sleeping pill.He was last seen publicly that March, when he was sentenced for subversion to 15 years in prison with hard labour.”Whether there’s a connection there or not, I don’t know”, Bolton said.Three Americans remain in North Korea custody. During his statement, Fred Warmbier rejected North Korea’s explanation for his son’s condition.New details that emerged Thursday about Yun’s brief visit to the North Korean capital illustrate the deep level of estrangement between the US and North Korea, two countries that don’t have diplomatic relations and have technically been in a state of war for more than half a century, despite the armistice that ended the Korean War.Warmbier’s father also accused North Korea of luring Americans to the country with a Chinese tour company making the false promise they will never be detained.”Otto is a fighter”, he said.