US official's 'quiet diplomacy' led to Warmbier's release

Doctors treating Otto Warmbier, the United States student released by North Korea in a coma this week, said Thursday the 22-year-old had suffered severe brain damage, as his father lashed out at the reclusive regime. Warmbier said Trump was "very candid" during the call and told him Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other USA officials worked hard to negotiate Otto Warmbier's release.

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. On Thursday, Fred Warmbier addressed reporters wearing that same jacket, and fought back tears as he spoke of it.

Scans show extensive loss in all regions of Warmbier's brain, the doctors said.

Warmbier is now in treatment at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where doctors have described his condition as "unresponsive wakefulness".

Now, some believe a video that allegedly shows Warmbier ripping down the poster is not the American student at all.

Warmbier's future care and treatment will be kept confidential out of respect for the family, Kanter said.

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At an earlier press conference, Otto's father said does not believe the North Korea's claims about his son's health, but feels the "results speak for themselves" when asked if Barack Obama's administration could have done more to bring his son home sooner.

Veteran former US politician and diplomat Bill Richardson offered on Friday to visit North Korea to secure the release of three detained Americans and a Canadian after USA university student Otto Warmbier was brought back in a coma.

The U.S., South Korea and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions.

Warmbier's father, Fred, verbally lashed North Korea, describing it as a "pariah regime" that had "brutalized and terrorized" his son, the New York Times reported.

A roommate of Warmbier spoke to the Washington Post about his experiences in the isolated, communist country. "There's no excuse for the way the North Koreans treated our son and no excuse for the way they have treated so many others".

"We did receive a few pages of laboratory value reports from North Korea, which are numerical values of various blood tests with dates". "I'm proud of Otto, and the courage he showed by going to North Korea and having that adventurous side to him", he said.

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THOMPSON: Warmbier says he worked behind the scenes with US and Swedish officials to get his son out.

Fred Warmbier praised the Trump administration's efforts: "They have our thanks for bringing Otto home".

In Wyoming, a northern Cincinnati suburb of about 8,000 people, Warmbier's return to the United States was marked by blue and white ribbons, representing the colours of the local high school, tied around trees and telephone polls. Warmbier was immediately driven to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Mr Warmbier commented on the need for a "tough approach" to North Korea because they "have proven they are not nature's noble men".

The father says that he and his wife, Cindy, only learned of their son's condition last week. And he doesn't care what people think about his sadistic prison guards beating a defenseless college student into a coma.

The Obama administration had encouraged family to keep a low profile while it negotiated with the North Korean government to secure Warmbier's return. "It's just something I think in the Western world we just can't understand, we just can't grasp, the evilness behind that dictatorship".

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