Otto Warmbier, the American citizen who’s serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor, has been released with the leadership and assistance of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his department.
Tillerson says that Warmbier is on his way back to the U.S. to be re-united with his family. He says in a statement that the State Department secured Warmbier’s release at the direction of President Trump. Tillerson says the State Department continues discussing three other detained Americans with North Korea.
The announcement comes as former NBA player Dennis Rodman is paying a return visit to North Korea. Rodman said ahead of his trip that the detained Americans were not on his agenda for the visit, his fifth to the country but his first with President Trump in office.
Warmbier is a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati. He was sentenced in March 2016 after a televised tearful public confession to trying to steal a propaganda banner.
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