On his way to the airport, Rodman vowed to return and said his "thoughts and prayers" are with the family of Otto Warmbier, an American student who was arrested and imprisoned in the North for 17 months, then released just hours before Rodman's arrival. Pyongyang officials explained the American student fell into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill previous year.
"It is most important that wherever they are being held someone can meet them other than seeing them at a public trial".
U.S. student Otto Warmbier has been freed from jail in North Korea, 13 months after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labour. Experts said Otto was not responsive and could not move on his own when he was admitted to the hospital right after he landed on U.S.
This is at least the fifth trip to North Korea for the heavily pierced and tattooed former basketball star.
After the Swedes visited one detainee, North Korea representatives sought another meeting with Yun, and it was at that June 6 meeting in NY that North Korea's United Nations ambassador told Yun that Warmbier was in a coma, the official said.
Warmbier is in stable a condition at the UC Medical Center, where he was taken after his arrival in OH on Wednesday, after more than 17 months in North Korean captivity.
At a news conference Thursday morning in his home state of Ohio, Otto Warmbier's father, Fred Warmbier, said there's "no excuse" for North Korea's treatment of his son.
"It was taken in North Korea with members of his tour group", Warmbier's younger brother Austin said as he released the video, according to The Daily Mail.
Warmbier's parents have been fighting for the release of their son, a University of Virginia student, since his arrest.
"Under a decision by the DPRK Central Court of June 13, American citizen Otto Warmbier who was serving a sentence of labour was returned on June 13 on humanitarian grounds", KCNA said. His family asked his doctors to disclose details about his condition amid intense scrutiny and questions about his condition. "The results speak for themselves".
In Cincinnati, doctors said they performed a battery of tests on Warmbier, ranging from ordinary X-rays to more advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans as well as skeletal surveys of the skull, ribs, pelvis and other areas to look for broken bones. "That's not my goal right now", he said. The administration describes Warmbier's release as a Trump-led effort. "No other family should have to endure what the Warmbiers have". (Reuters) "We've been we've been brutalized for the last 18 months with misinformation, no information", "Do I think the past administration could have done more? So Otto's a young thrill-seeking great kid who was going to be in that part of the world for a college experience and said 'Hey, I've had some friends who have done this, I'd like to do this.' So we agreed to let him do that".
But Yun managed to see the other three detained Americans while in Pyongyang, providing the US with much-sought information about their condition.