North Korea officially released American prisoner Otto Warmbier, 22, not long after former NBA star Dennis Rodman had arrived in the country.
While it is unclear whether Rodman played a part in his release, Rodman has been able to influence Kim Jong-Un in the past.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Warmbier was released at President Donald Trump’s request.
“At the direction of the President, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea,” Tillerson said according to Fox News World.
“Mr. Warmbier is en route to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family. The Department of State continues to have discussions with the DPRK regarding three other U.S. citizens reported detained.”
“Out of respect for the privacy of Mr. Warmbier and his family, we have no further comment on Mr. Warmbier,” he said.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison for allegedly taking down a poster of Kim Jong Un while he was visiting the country with a tour group. He had been detained for 17-months before it was announced he will be released.
“Our son is coming home,” Fred Warmbier, the young man’s father, 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.”
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