North Korea releases US citizen

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, an American serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts.

Tillerson says that Warmbier is on his way back to the U.S. to be re-united with his family. He says in a statement that the State Department secured Warmbier’s release at the direction of President Donald Trump. Tillerson says the State Department continues discussing three other detained Americans with North Korea.

The announcement comes as former NBA player Dennis Rodman is paying a return visit to North Korea.

Warmbier is a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati. He was sentenced in March 2016 after a televised tearful public confession to trying to steal a propaganda banner.

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  • dangkids

    I bet this guy will think TWICE before stealing anything EVER again!!!

    • blackwingA520

      Why would one even want to go visit a s**thole of a country like that,and then try to steal something knowing what they’re like.

  • Ray Amore

    Is he in a coma, as was reported? If so, did the tender care given him by the North Koreans have a heavy hand producing that condition?