Tillerson: North Korea releases US citizen Otto Warmbier

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Otto Frederick Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who has been detained in North Korea since early January, attends a news conference in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo February 29, 2016.

"He is being medivacked to the US".

Otto Warmbier, 22, has been in prison in North Korea for just over a year. "Thank God", they told CNN.

Warmbier speaks to reporters in Pyongyang in Februrary.

Mr Warmbier, 21, was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.

That was used as evidence in his hour-long trial, during which North Korea accused him of committing "hostile acts" against the regime at the urging of a purported member of a church in his home state of OH, a secretive university organization and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Kim Dong Chul, who was born in South Korea but is also believed to have USA citizenship, is serving a sentence of 10 years for espionage in the North, and in April this year, Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained according to the Pyongyang university at which he was working.

The announcement comes as former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman is paying a return visit to North Korea. "My objective is to go over there and try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea".

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