Ohio Town Marks North Korean Captive's 'Bittersweet' Return

17 June, 2017, 08:43 | Author: Ora Austin
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"However, he shows no signs of understanding language, responding to verbal commands or awareness of his surroundings", neurologist Daniel Kanter said.

The contrast of the black Cincinnati night sky, combined with Lunken Airport airport's bright spotlights, made it almost impossible to see anything that was happening as medical personnel carried Warmbier's limp body down the plane's steps, says Reuters photographer Bryan Woolston.

In pictures and videos from his time in North Korea, Warmbier can be seen smiling and enjoying himself. "We have no certain or verifiable knowledge of the cause or circumstances of his neurological injury", Kanter said.

While doctors are uncertain as to what exactly caused the condition, cardiac arrest that stops the flow of blood to the brain is generally seen as resulting in the death of brain tissue.

Warmbier was released from the rogue country on Tuesday.

At the family's wish, the physicians refrained from discussing what the future holds for Otto.

The elder Warmbier said he did not believe North Korea's explanation that the coma resulted from botulism and a sleeping pill. Shortly after the Swedish visits, the North reached out to the USA with an urgent request to meet in person, officials said.

"There's no excuse for the way the North Koreans treated our son".

Three other Americans remain incarcerated in North Korea, and there are huge efforts by the administration to have them released.

President Donald Trump called for prayers of "peace, unity and safety" Friday in support of injured Rep. Steve Scalise as well as returned North Korea hostage Otto Warmbier.

The University of Virginia student's father, Fred Warmbier, said his son had been "brutalised and terrorised" by the North Korean government.

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The U.S. recently obtained intelligence reports suggesting that North Korean authorities repeatedly beat Warmbier while he was in custody, a senior American official told The New York Times.

The 22-year-old Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate, was convicted and sentenced in a one-hour trial in North Korea's Supreme Court in March 2016.

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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".

"We do our utmost to inform and protect our customers before they book the tour", said Collings. Heather Nauert, spokeswoman at the U.S. State Department, said Thursday in Washington that for the United States to engage in talks with the North, it must denuclearize, adding "that is not something we're seeing them take any steps to do".

His release came after Joseph Yun, the US State Department's special envoy on North Korea, travelled to Pyongyang and demanded Warmbier's release on "humanitarian grounds", capping a flurry of secret diplomatic contacts, a US official said.

North Korea is inviting Westerners to visit the isolated country to boost domestic tourism just days after sending one home with severe brain damage.

Fred Warmbier called his son's return bittersweet. (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?".

The father saluted his son as a brilliant, adventurous and courageous man who did what he could to endure brutality and terror.

"I'm proud of my son", he said.

Though Warmbier supposedly had been in a coma for more than a year, the USA didn't learn the full extent of his condition until Yun and the doctors saw him in a Pyongyang hospital. He said Obama "worked through every avenue available" to try to secure Warmbier's release.

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