So, Otto Warmbier has finally been released from the clutches of the North Korean government after more than a year. The US student went to North Korea as a tourist and reportedly tried to steal a propaganda banner in his hotel room. He was sentenced to 15-years of hard labor for his crime but he was released early, thanks to the efforts of the Trump administration.
But the reunion is bittersweet as the 22-year-old’s parents were told by North Korean officials that he became sick with botulism after his March 2016 trial. He was reportedly “given sleeping pills” and hadn’t woken up since.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the details of Warmbier’s release on Tuesday.
Our son is coming home,” dad Fred Warmbier told the Post on Tuesday. “At the moment, we’re just treating this like he’s been in an accident. We get to see our son Otto tonight.”
Now, it is unclear whether or not the North Korean’s spitefully infected Warmbier but an investigation must be carried forth.
Tillerson stated that the US is working on having another three Americans held in North Korea released.