Tillerson: North Korea Releases US Citizen Otto Warmbier

Tuesday, June 13th 2017, 9:44 am
By: News On 6

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, an American serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts.

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 Donald 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.

6/13/2017 Related Story: Dennis Rodman Visits North Korea Again

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.

3/16/2016 Related Story: U.S. College Student Gets 15 Years Hard Labor In North Korea