Vowing to return, Rodman wraps up low-key Pyongyang visit

This is the last video taken of Otto Warmbier before his arrest in North Korea

This is the last video taken of Otto Warmbier before his arrest in North Korea

North Korea has a long history detaining American citizens and using them as some sort of a bargaining chip to gain the upper hand in talks with Washington, but very rarely have any of them been physically tortured.

U.S. officials have repeatedly said Rodman is travelling to North Korea as a private citizen, despite speculation he is working as an unofficial emissary for Trump.

At a news conference before his trial, a weeping Warmbier said he had made "the worst mistake of my life" and pleaded to be released. Doctors say he has suffered severe brain damage.

Price said Thursday the Obama administration's efforts secured the release of at least 10 other Americans from North Korea.

"Otto, I love you and I'm so insane about you, I'm so glad you're home, you are such a great guy", Fred said through tears during the press conference.

"This is hard to say, but I don't know if there is any reason to change course from what the administration is trying to do, and I don't think they will", said Stephan Haggard, professor of Korea-Pacific studies at the University of California at San Diego.

Richardson, a Democrat who has made several trips to North Korea, said a forceful response from the US 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".

Warmbier is a University of Virginia student who arrived back home in OH on Tuesday in a coma.

But Yun managed to see the other three detained Americans while in Pyongyang, providing the USA with much-sought information about their condition. He was sent home to America this week in a coma from which doctors say he may never recover. "But they provide fodder for the North Koreans, and my son happened to become fodder for the North Koreans".

Fred Warmbier was visibly emotional during a news conference on Thursday, where he said his son Otto, fought to stay alive through the brutality and terror he endured in North Korea.

Warmbier reportedly does not show any consistent response to stimulation, shows no sign of understanding language, responding to commands or awareness of his environment. At the request of the family, information regarding his prognosis, prospects for improvement and future care and treatment will remain confidential.

Warmbier is in stable condition at UC Medical Center, where he was taken Tuesday night after his arrival in Ohio.

Analyst Lankov said in general North Korea's aim was that detained Americans "should be treated not just well, but extremely well". The photos brought home the disturbing news that the University of Virginia student was effectively comatose because of a brain injury.

"It is not good if you go back and start selling stories about suffering and torture as that will damage North Korea's worldwide standing", he said. He was medically evacuated from the country and arrived in Cincinnati late Tuesday.

Some experts suggested that the timing of Warmbier's release - coinciding with a visit to Pyongyang by eccentric ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman - might have allowed North Korea to salvage something from the situation. In an emotional news conference in OH, the father did not demur when asked if Obama could have done more.

North Korean authorities claimed Warmbier's coma was caused by botulism and a sleeping pill, an explanation his doctors dismissed on Thursday. "What's happened to him is a truly bad thing", Trump said in Miami at the start of a speech on Cuba.

In Wyoming, a close-knit city of 8,400 near Cincinnati where the Warmbiers live on a private lane near a golf course, Mr. Warmbier's release brought mixed feelings - relief that he was home, but also sadness over his medical condition.

"He has spontaneous eye opening and blinking", said Dr Daniel Kanter, director of neurocritical care for the University of Cincinnati Health system.

"This is the Otto I know and love".

He said Otto "is not in great shape right now" and that his family is "adjusting to a different reality".

A United Nations Special Rapporteur has called for respect for the human rights of detainees in North Korea, after the release of USA student Otto Warmbier earlier this week. His father, Fred Warmbier, told Fox News that his son was "terrorized and brutalized" and has been in a coma for more than a year.

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