'Truly bad thing' happened to American released by N

Otto Warmbier, a carefree college student in the wrong country at the wrong time.

But in the meantime, Warmbier's horrific treatment has created a new, pressing concern for the USA government: freeing the three American citizens who still held in North Korea.

The Trump administration issued repeated warnings to North Korea's government for its missile program. In the video, Otto is smiling and laughing, which is how his brother Austin says he remembers Otto. With Warmbier home, only three known Americans remain detained in the Asian country. He has suffered extensive loss of tissue in all regions of the brain, but they don't believe it's due to head trauma.

Otto was born to Cindy and Fred Warmbier in Cincinnati - the same city in which he's now hospitalized.

Price said Thursday the Obama administration's efforts secured the release of at least 10 other Americans from North Korea. He hasn't spoken to the media since returning and US officials have referred most questions to Warmbier's family.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency said Otto Warmbier had been serving hard labor but didn't comment on his medical condition or how the country negotiated his release with the United States.

Warmbier is a University of Virginia student who arrived back home in OH on Tuesday in a coma.

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert (NOW'-ert) says the USA hopes the other Americans will be able to return home soon. "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". He spontaneously opens and blinks his eyes but doesn't seem to understand language, respond to verbal commands or be aware of his surroundings.

U.S. doctors said they found no evidence of active botulism, a rare, serious illness caused by contaminated food or a dirty wound.

They declined to discuss his prognosis or speculate about the future, at the family's request.

Warmbier is in stable condition at UC Medical Center, where he was taken Tuesday night after his arrival in Ohio.

New details that emerged Thursday about Yun's brief visit to the North Korean capital illustrate the deep level of estrangement between the USA and North Korea, two countries that don't have diplomatic relations and have technically been in a state of war for more than half a century, despite the armistice that ended the Korean War. Yun demanded his release, the White House said. He says no family should have to endure what he has. North Korea has a long history of kidnapping or arbitrarily detaining foreigners.

Some experts suggested that the timing of Warmbier's release - coinciding with a visit to Pyongyang by eccentric ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman - might have allowed North Korea to salvage something from the situation.

Heather Nauert, spokeswoman at the U.S. State Department, said Thursday in Washington that for the United States to engage in talks with the North, it must denuclearize, adding "that is not something we're seeing them take any steps to do".

Sadly, Trump has preferred to tweet contradictory nonsense about "Witch Hunts" and the "Fake News Media" than to highlight that an American civilian was likely tortured and erroneously imprisoned by the most oppressive dictatorship on the planet under Obama's watch, and that Trump arranged for an evacuation.

The elder Warmbier said he did not believe North Korea's explanation that the coma resulted from botulism and a sleeping pill.

Cardiac arrest in young, healthy people is rare and generally caused by either intoxication or traumatic injury, Dr. Jordan Bonomo, a specialist in neurosurgery and neurocritical care at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said at the news conference.

"I knelt down by his side, and I hugged him, and I told him I missed him and I was so glad that he made it home", Fred Warmbier said.

He said Otto "is not in great shape right now" and that his family is "adjusting to a different reality".

A British man who roomed with the ill-fated American student held captive in North Korea for over a year and now in a coma said he doubts the series of events that led to the young man's arrest. "But what they do is they provide fodder for the North Koreans and my son happened to become fodder for the North Koreans", Fred Warmbier said.

State Department officials refused to comment on Warmbier's health, citing department guidelines, but said the last time the US had any access to Warmbier, through the Swedish Embassy, was March of past year.

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