March 2018
11:40 AM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
International News
American student Otto Warmbier released by North Korea is in coma
(Washington, June 13,2017):Otto Warmbier, a US university student held captive in North Korea for 17 months, has been released but a former US official said on Tuesday he is in a coma and in urgent need of medical care.

Warmbier, 22, a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati, was on his way back to the United States, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.

“Otto has been in a coma for over a year now and urgently needs proper medical care in the United States,” said Bill Richardson, a veteran former diplomat and politician who has played a role in past negotiations with North Korea, said after speaking to Warmbier’s parents.

The family said they were 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.

“In no uncertain terms North Korea must explain the causes of his coma,” Richardson, whose Center for Global Engagement had directly sought Warmbier’s release with the North Korean government, said in a statement.

Tillerson, at a US Senate hearing on Tuesday, declined to comment on Warmbier’s condition. A person who answered the phone at Warmbier’s family’s Ohio residence said: “No comment, thank you” and hung up.

Warmbier’s release came as former US basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday, returning to the increasingly isolated nuclear-armed country where he has previously met leader Kim Jong Un.

US officials appeared to brush aside any speculation of a connection between Rodman’s controversial visit and Warmbier’s release.

A senior administration official said the Trump administration did not authorise Rodman’s trip. “This is him freelancing,” the official told Reuters.

The State Department is continuing to discuss the situation of three other detained Americans with North Korea, Tillerson said.

Since taking office in January, US President Donald Trump has faced growing tensions with North Korea, which has conducted a series of ballistic missile tests in defiance of US and international sanctions.

Warmbier was detained in January 2016 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March last year for trying to steal an item with a propaganda slogan, according to North Korean media.

“At the direction of the president, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea,” Tillerson said.

Richardson, a former Democratic congressman, UN ambassador, US energy secretary and ex-governor of New Mexico, welcomed Warmbier’s release but said “we are deeply concerned regarding his health”.

US Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said: “Otto’s detainment and sentence was unnecessary and appalling, and North Korea should be universally condemned for its abhorrent behaviour. Otto should have been released from the start.”

“Our son is coming home,” Fred Warmbier told the Washington Post. “At the moment, we’re just treating this like he’s been in an accident. We get to see our son Otto tonight.”

Austrian diplomat summoned from Israel over 'Nazi' shirt
Sri Lanka Opposition submits no-confidence motion against PM
Suicide bomber kills 26 in Kabul attack: officials
North Korea's Kim congratulates Putin on election victory
EU seeks Facebook data breach probe
France's Nicolas Sarkozy held over Gaddafi funding claims
Fundamentals of China's economy are sound: Chinese Premier
US should not act emotionally on trade: Chinese Premier
Islamabad still mulling Kabul's offer of talks, overtures
US senator introduces bill aimed at protecting call centre jobs
Trump slams Iran government in Nowruz message to Iranians
Putin wins fourth term, opponents say vote rigged
Bangladesh Supreme Court cancels Khaleda Zia’s bail
Turkey-backed forces take 'total' control of Afrin
Crushed hopes greet Aung San Suu Kyi in Australia
Mauritius: Ameenah Gurib-Fakim resigns over credit card scandal
Trump fires former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe
Six dead in Florida university footbridge collapse
Trump's daughter-in-law files for divorce from her husband
Thousands flee in first mass exodus from Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta
As an actor, it is my duty to innovate: Rani Mukerji
 (New Delhi, Mar 20, 2018): She is back to the big screen after a gap of four years and going  
Watch Video: Fun filled trailer of 'Kuttanadan Marpappa' is here !
Irrfan Khan diagnosed with tumour
There should be space for dissent, disagreement: Nandita Das
Govt poser to unrecognised schools over RTE norms
 (Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 21, 2018): The State government Wednesday sought to know why action
Govt decides to write off loans of endosulfan victims
Thousands witness Thirunakkara Pakal Pooram / Video
Sexist remarks by professor trigger protests
Tripura govt to launch e-hospitals, GPS-fitted ambulances
 (Agartala, Mar 22, 2018): The Tripura government has decided to launch 21 e-hospitals and 50
Indian Technomac director held in Rs 6000 cr fraud case
Want to meet CM for a govt job: Mosul victim's wife
Amid ouster speculation, Guj Cong chief defers his US visit
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2017 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.