The father of an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and was returned to his home state of OH in a coma says the family is "adjusting to a different reality".
In a statement to CNN, his parents described the condition of their son: "Otto has left North Korea".
Fred Warmbier appeared critical of the Obama administration's handling of his son's January 2016 detention, saying the family heeded the USA government's advice to take a low profile "without result". "We learned of this only one week ago". They have said they believe he was "brutalised and terrorised by the pariah regime" in North Korea.
His father said he is stable, "but has suffered a severe neurological injury".
Fred Warmbier appeared critical of the Obama administration's handling of Otto's detention, saying the family heeded the U.S. government's initial advice to take a low profile "without result".
"No comment. Nothing to say... nothing to say", he told The Enquirer Tuesday.
Richardson, a Democrat, credited the State Department with securing Warmbier's return from North Korea without any preconditions but said a forceful response from the USA government would be required "if it's determined that there was a cover-up and Otto's condition was not disclosed and he didn't get proper treatment". "And why was this not disclosed?"
The Democrat and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations praised the Department of State for working to bring Mr Warmbier home.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo). Alison Lebrun helps tie blue-and-white awareness ribbons along Springfield Pike near the family home of Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016. Nauert said she could not comment on that. We just don't know. "We get to see our son Otto tonight". Joy at his release was mixed with concern over his condition.
Rodman and his small entourage have been spending time with young North Korean basketball players and visiting local sights. "Fred, Cindy, and the Warmbier family have been remarkably strong throughout this ordeal". And no excuse for the way they've treated so many others.
When asked whether then-President Barack Obama could have done more, Fred Warmbier replied, "I think the results speak for themselves".
"I want my kid home".
Fred Warmbier said the same Thursday. He wore the same jacket Otto wore during his video confession to a North Korean court.
At a one-hour trial in March, Warmbier was charged with subversion, a crime "pursuant to the USA government's hostile policy toward [the North]", according to state media reports.
Ellie Boettcher, a 14-year-old rising freshman at Wyoming High, where Warmbier's sister will be a sophomore, said students were elated.
It was apparently shortly after that date when Warmbier fell ill. He was arrested for trying to steal an item with a propaganda slogan, according to North Korean media. Richardson and others questioned that account.
"We were advised that it was important that you don't upset the North Koreans", he said.
Asked if he was working on the release of detained Americans, he said, "that is not my objective right now". "All of you should be proud of yourselves", Rodman says.
"We're going to leave that to the doctors (to explain) today", he said. "We strongly suggest that Americans do not go to North Korea".
"Fred Warmbier said when his son was first detained in North Korea, he was told by the previous administration to maintain a "low profile".
He was found guilty of committing a "hostile act" against North Korea in March 2016 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.