“I can only feel for what the family is going through,” he said, shaking his head.
After a senior State Department official flew to Pyongyang to demand Warmbier’s release on humanitarian grounds, he was flown out in a medical evacuation.
But in Pyongyang, the Swedes were allowed to see only one detainee, and it wasn’t Warmbier.
As the Americans continued to push for the Swedish diplomats to see all four, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations urgently requested a meeting with Yun in New York, according to Trump administration officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the still-secret arrangements.
There, North Korean officials told Yun about Warmbier’s condition.
He informed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who consulted with the president, the officials said.
But the fact that he had been kept, comatose, in North Korea for more than a year could worsen the already tense relationship between Pyongyang and Washington.
Friends and well-wishers gathered outside Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport Terminal ahead of the plane’s arrival at p.m.A plane carrying University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who had been detained in North Korea for 17 months and was in a coma for most of it, touched down in Cincinnati on Tuesday night.The 22-year-old’s return marks an end to the ordeal that his family has been through, not knowing what had happened to Warmbier since he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor in March of last year.[What we know about Warmbier’s medical condition] She was feeling “sick to my stomach for them,” she said, thinking of how their son should have been graduating from college this spring.David Simons was marveling that another country could treat an American like this.The North Korean account, the family said, claimed that Warmbier then fell into a coma after being given a sleeping pill. officials of North Korea’s description of his illness — including whether he was stricken with botulism, a potentially fatal disease that is caused by a toxin but is not usually associated with loss of consciousness. North Korean representatives at the United Nations did not respond to repeated requests for comment.