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US Student Hospitalized After Return From NKorea

A plane carrying Otto Warmbier (WORM’-bir) arrived around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday at an airport in Cincinnati where he was to be taken to a hospital.”He is on a medivac flight on his way home”. 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 bad mistake in life”. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail after tearfully confessing to trying to steal a propaganda sign. This, according to my colleagues’ reporting, was followed by an urgent meeting between North Korean and State Department officials to organize Warmbier’s release on humanitarian grounds. “We’re just here to support Cindy and Fred and the family”, Charlotte Simons said.During a government-arranged news conference in Pyongyang, which was held a month before the ruling was handed down, a tearful Warmbier pleaded for his release, saying he stole the banner because a member of his church offered to buy him a used auto in exchange.After the Swedish diplomats met with the detained Americans, the North Koreans urgently asked to have a meeting with the U.S.in NY.”I have high confidence that’s not the case but Dennis does know Trump and he does know Kim”, Pinkston said, adding that “it’s not a pre-planned thing, the White House, State Department calling him, saying “Take this envelope, say this thing”.But North Korea has so far rejected South Korean civic groups’ bids to visit the North for exchanges, taking issue with South Korea’s support of the latest United Nations sanctions. ‘The journey for them has been very hard, to say the least, and they still need our support and love’.Trump called Rodman “smart” for his 2013 trip to North Korea, Politico reported at the time.Officials involved in securing Warmbier’s release told The Post that it had nothing to do with Rodman’s trip to Pyongyang, calling it a “bizarre coincidence” that might have been a ploy by North Korea to distract from Warmbier’s condition.Earlier Tuesday, Fred Warmbier told The Cincinnati Enquirer said the family would hold a news conference Wednesday in Cincinnati, with the details yet to be finalized.Multiple reports indicate that Warmbier fell into a coma the same month he was sentenced.Asked whether the USA wanted to see an Iran-style global embargo to deny exports of petroleum and other products to North Korea, Mr Tillerson said that this would only work if Russian Federation and China co-operated.The parents of the 22-year old American college student freed by North Korea say he is in a coma. On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologized.In the past, North Korea has held out until senior USA officials or statesmen came to personally bail out detainees.”Joe Yun went to Pyongyang (Monday) to accompany Mr. Warmbier”, Shannon told reporters after a meeting with South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung Nam.Nauert would not say anything about Warmbier’s health because of privacy concerns.That sense of relief is shared throughout this nation, which also wonders how long North Korea will be permitted to continue its nuclear designs and to foment risky worldwide threats.The release of Otto Warmbier, 18 months into a 15-year sentence, came as US President Donald Trump invited South Korea’s new leader Moon Jae-In to Washington for talks on the nuclear standoff. He was detained when as tour group prepared to leave North Korea, charged with engaging in allegedly anti-state activity.Previous detainees have been released after visits from high-profile Americans, including former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.