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Student Returned From North Korea Is Now In ‘State Of Unresponsive Wakefulness’

On Thursday, the State Department said that US diplomat Joseph Yun, who negotiated Warmbier’s release, had also met with three other USA citizens being held in North Korea. The controversy has flared up an already tense situation between the two countries.The University of Virginia student’s parents were told he has been in a coma for about a year, and that he had contracted botulism, which causes paralysis.Warmbier confirmed several reports in the conference, including that no one had seen or heard from Otto since March 2016 and that former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman, who traveled to North Korea at the same time of Otto’s release, was not involved in Otto’s release. Warmbier had visited North Korea as part of a tour organized by a China-based company. He was alleged to have stolen a propaganda and was charged with committing “crimes against the state”. Others want to know why he was in North Korea in the first place. “To hold him that long, to sentence him after a kangaroo court trial to 15 years hard labor”.According to Dr. Daniel Kanter, Warmbier is breathing on his own and his vital signs are normal.Kanter and fellow University of Cincinnati physicians Brandon Foreman and Jordan Bonomo said they saw no sign of active botulism poisoning.Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert and advocate of limiting travel to North Korea, said that Tillerson’s comments are welcome but his approach may not go far enough.During the press conference Fred Warmbier revealed President Trump had called him the previous night: “It was a really nice conversation”.North Korea said Thursday it released Warmbier over “humanitarian” reasons, its first official comment since he was returned to his home state of OH in a coma. This delegation arrived there on Monday, and Warmbier was medically evacuated the following day on “humanitarian grounds”.Upon arrival from North Korea, Warmbier was “well-nourished” and his skin was in “good condition”, according to the doctors. Joseph Yun, Washington’s special envoy on North Korea, added they were working to secure their freedom as well.The State Department is continuing to discuss three other detained Americans with North Korea.The U.S. government this week issued a rare alert squarely blaming the North Korean government for a raft of cyber attacks stretching back to 2009 and warning that more were likely. As a result, Yun met with North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York City. His release followed secret negotiations between US officials and the Pyongyang regime.The college student who was imprisoned in North Korea, suffered a severe neurological injury which left him in – what doctors are calling – “a state of unresponsive wakefulness”.Doctors with the University of Cincinnati Health system say Warmbier shows extensive loss of brain tissue, consistent with respiratory arrest, when the brain is cut off from oxygen but they aren’t sure why.