Korea says it freed USA student over humanitarian reasons

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Before Trump became president, Rodman appeared twice on his "Celebrity Apprentice" show and praised the billionaire real estate developer on Twitter during last year's election campaign.

He and his small entourage have been spending time hanging out with young North Korean basketball players and visiting local sights. "The Totally Essential Travel Collection", along with some soap, and two autographed jerseys.

In the early hours of New Year's day, Warmbier apparently tried to steal a propaganda poster lauding the North Korean regime from the hotel where his tour group was staying.

He continued: "But for you guys to come back here in your country, with a medal, that says a lot about North Korea, because people don't really take North Korea so seriously about sports or anything like that".

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North Korea said Thursday it had released 22-year-old USA student Otto Warmbier "on humanitarian grounds", state media reported, two days after he was evacuated from Pyongyang after falling into a coma while imprisoned in a labour camp.

In Warmbier's hometown of Wyoming, just outside of Cincinnati, residents helped tie blue and white ribbons, Wyoming High School's colors, to trees and said news of his release had sent waves of shock and joy through the community.

In Tokyo, a visiting senior USA official said Rodman is making the trip as a private citizen. The subject of allowing Swedish officials to visit American prisoners was discussed at length.

Otto Warmbier, who had served 18 months of his 15-year sentence, arrived in his hometown of OH on Wednesday and was immediately taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

He was arrested in January 2016 on charges of anti-state acts and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Warmbier's parents said in a statement to The Associated Press that they were told their son has been in a coma since March 2016, and they had learned of this only one week ago.

The brief report carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency said Warmbier had been in hard labor but did not comment on his medical condition.

His release took place soon after the arrival of USA basketball star Dennis Rodman in North Korea.

Tucker Carlson sat down with the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student held captive by North Korea for more than a year.

The North Korean government said Otto Warmbier has been in a coma for almost the entire time he was in their custody.

He was given a sleeping pill after becoming ill after his trial past year and did not wake up, North Korea said. Standing on his left is Joseph Terwilliger, Columbia University academic.