Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

PotCoin soars after Rodman wears logo in North Korea

PotCoin soars after Rodman wears logo in North Korea

The family said it was told by North Korean officials, through contacts with American envoys, that Warmbier fell ill from botulism sometime after his March 2016 trial and lapsed into a coma after taking a sleeping pill, the Washington Post reported.

"It wasn't a situation where they asked", one official said of the USA representatives.

Less is known about these three prisoners than Warmbier, whose friends and family have helped shed some light on his unusual and unfortunate case.

But he noted that the State Department is continuing "to have discussions" with North Korea about the release of other three American citizens who are jailed there.

Warmbier, 22, a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati, was detained in January 2016 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in March last year for trying to steal an item with a propaganda slogan, according to North Korean media. "We are so grateful that he will finally be with people who love him". His parents and siblings were waiting for him at a municipal airport in Cincinnati, where Warmbier arrived shortly before 10:20 p.m. He did not make it to Hong Kong.

Officials worked quietly as reporters and photographers watched from behind a fence.

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The young undergraduate honors student was forced the next month, at a staged news conference, to admit to a "very severe and pre-planned crime", saying that the "aim of my task was to harm the motivation and work ethic of the Korean people". He was convicted in March 2016 and sentenced to 10 years hard labor, about a week after Warmbier's conviction - both sentences were handed down shortly after the USA had levied steeper sanctions against North Korea in response to missile testing. Yun demanded his release and North Korea complied on Tuesday, according to the State Department.

Things took an interesting turn on Tuesday, when news broke that an American college student who had been detained in North Korea for 17 months was being medically evacuated from the country.

The incident comes at a time of grave tensions on the Korean peninsula, with the Kim Jong-un regime signaling plans to top a series of missile launches with the test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) - and threatening nuclear retaliation for what it says is USA aggression.

He had not been seen in public since, and Swedish diplomats, representing US interests, had been denied consular access to him.

Warmbier is now on his way home to OH, with a State Department representative, to be reunited with his family. They say North Koreans told USA authorities that their son contracted botulism and never awoke after he was given a sleeping pill.

Charlotte Simons said she was just leaving a Pilates class in Hyde Park Tuesday morning when her phone lit up with the news Otto was coming home. "Since we also have our citizens detained in the North. we are putting pressure on the North to free them through various channels", he said, vowing "utmost efforts".

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Kim Dong-chul, who emigrated to the United States in 1972, was charged with plotting to subvert the DPRK system, slandering the country's leadership and gathering state and military secrets when he was on trial in April, 2016 and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor.

However, before his arrival in Pyongyang, Rodman told reporters that pleading to free detained Americans is not the objective of his visit right now.

He had been on a stopover tour in North Korea, en route to Hong Kong, where he was going to study.

(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein). Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman gestures to photographers as he prepares to go through immigration at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

In Seoul, South Korea, U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon said "we pray for him and we pray for his family".

Instead, the administration credited the release to its diplomatic intervention.

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Previous detainees have been released after visits from high-profile Americans, including former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

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