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Amb. Bolton: North Korea's Treatment of Otto Warmbier Was 'Barbaric'

22 June 2017

"I call on them to release the other Americans being held", he urged. Earlier this year, the family made a decision to meet with ambassador Joseph Yun at the State Department earlier this year.

North Korean officials detained Warmbier at Pyongyang International Airport on January 2, 2016.

He called on the country to release three other Americans held there. "We are extremely grateful for their efforts and concern", Warmbier said.

At a separate news conference Thursday, the student's father, Fred Warmbier, thanked the Trump administration for its role in securing his son's return but also lashed out at North Korea: "They are brutal and awful", he said.

Warmbier can open his eyes and blink but has no signs of understanding language or responding to commands, Kanter said.

Dr. Jordan Bonomo, director for Neurocritical Care Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, said respiratory arrest is the main cause of cardiopulmonary arrest in a young person, and respiratory arrest is typically caused by "intoxication or traumatic injury".

Upon arrival from North Korea, Warmbier was "well-nourished" and his skin was in "good condition", according to the doctors. He said his son was on a trip with his classmates in China, and he was lured to visit North Korea by a company that promised his safety. "No one", Fred Warmbier said last month.

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White says she kept in touch with the University of Virginia student after he left her class.

"I knelt down by his side and I hugged him", Warmbier answered.

Washington has stepped up pressure on China and other foreign powers to enforce existing United Nations sanctions on North Korea, and has deployed increased military assets of its own in the region.

An American university student who was detained for 17 months in North Korea and suffered a serious neurological injury was "brutalised" while in custody, his father says.

Doctors plan a news conference on campus later Thursday.

His father, Fred Warmbier, said he does not believe North Korea's explanation that the coma resulted from botulism and a sleeping pill.

Otto Warmbier, 22, is from Cincinnati, Ohio and was born to Fred and Cindy Warmbier on December 12, 1994.

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But Yun managed to see the other three detained Americans while in Pyongyang, providing the US with much-sought information about their condition.

According to scans taken after he arrived at the Cincinnati Medical Center earlier this week, there was no sign that he was physically abused during his detention, his doctors said.

In a separate statement, Otto Warmbier's doctors described his condition.

His parents plan a Thursday morning news conference.

As for whether former President Barack Obama's administration could have done more to bring Otto home, the father said he thought "the results speak for themselves".

He said Otto "is not in great shape right now" and that his family is "adjusting to a different reality". Warmbier said Trump was "very candid" during the call and told him Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other US officials worked hard to negotiate Otto Warmbier's release. They didn't have an update on his condition until just last week.

Warmbier, 22, traveled to North Korea in December 2015, and planned to stay in the country for five days during a study overseas trip with the University of Virginia, where he attended school. He was then taken by ambulance to a hospital.

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Amb. Bolton: North Korea's Treatment of Otto Warmbier Was 'Barbaric'