Dennis Rodman, marijuana, and a North Korean prison release: Phillip Morris

American student Otto Warmbier speaks to reporters in Pyongyang North Korea. Secretary of State Tillerson said Tuesday

As of this writing, little of substance is known about the condition of the 22-year-old former University of Virginia student, who was just released by North Korea after 17 months in prison upon conviction of a crime against the state during a visit there. In a televised trial, he was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor as he publicly confessed to trying to steal a propaganda banner.

Secretary of State Tillerson said on June 13, 2017, that North Korea released the jailed US university student. Joseph Yun, the USA special envoy on North Korea, met with North Korean officials in Oslo in May and reached agreement for Swedish diplomats to visit Warmbier.

Warmbier's parents were told their son was given a sleeping pill soon after his trial in March a year ago and never woke.

WYOMING, Ohio (AP) - The father of an American college student released by North Korea and now hospitalized in a coma says his son was "brutalized" by his captors.

"My objective is to go over there and try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea", he said.

The release of Warmbier, 18 months into a 15-year sentence, came as US President Donald Trump invited South Korea's new leader Moon Jae-In to Washington for talks on the escalating standoff over the North's nuclear program. Shortly before sentencing, was held a press-conference at which Warmbir, not hiding tears, asked forgiveness of the North Korean people, calling the attempt to steal the poster "the most bad mistake in life".

Earlier Tuesday, the Washington Post spoke to Warmbier's parents about his condition.

City councilwoman Jenni McCauley said the tight-knit community was "thrilled" to have Warmbier back.

The North Koreans later urgently requested another meeting in NY.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Warmbier's release Tuesday and said he'd be reunited with his family. The announcement came shortly after former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang for a return visit to North Korea.

"We pray for him and pray for his family", Shannon said, without providing other information.

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A member of the congregation, Jenni McCauley said: 'Our entire Wyoming community is thrilled that Otto is finally being returned to the United States and to his family.

On arriving in Cincinnatti's Lunken Airport, Warmbier was transferred to a waiting ambulance that rushed him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for urgent treatment, Fox News reported. Moreover, Rodman himself said in advance that he was not intending to discuss the Americans detained by the regime.

Otto Warmbier's parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, confirmed in a statement that their son is in a coma.

Americans are regarded as enemies in North Korea because the two countries never signed a peace treaty to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War.

What, if anything, substantive Rodman is doing in North Korea remains unclear.

Trump spoke on Fox News in 2013 about Rodman and North Korea, a year in which Rodman also appeared on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice show.

North Korea will top the agenda at next week's high-level talks between U.S. and Chinese officials, he added.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said "North Korea's despicable actions in detaining and holding Otto were unacceptable and must be condemned".

"In no uncertain terms North Korea must explain the causes of his coma", veteran former diplomat Bill Richardson said in a statement after speaking to Warmbier's parents.

In the past, North Korea has held out until senior USA officials or statesmen came to personally bail out detainees.

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