Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Otto Warmbier's North Korea roommate speaks out

Otto Warmbier's North Korea roommate speaks out

North Korea's top nuclear negotiator Madame Choi Sun Hee has secretly met with USA officials in Pyongyang and European cities to establish a diplomatic channel and orchestrate the release of prisoners, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The former Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons great declined to say if he'd met the dictator during his latest five-day visit to North Korea.

Flamboyant former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman landed in Beijing Saturday after a visit to North Korea, describing the escapade as a "real good trip". "This is pretty much what happened in this case", Lankov said.

Rodman's previous trips to North Korea in 2013 and 2014 famously included a basketball play that he set up himself.

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Otto Frederick Warmbier, a student from the University of Virginia, was arrested on February 2, "while executing an enemy action against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea", the North Korean state news agency KCNA announced in January.

Although the U.S. policy does not ban its citizen from visiting North Korea, the U.S. State Department strongly advises against it.

North Korea released Warmbier early last week after detaining him for 18 months. Tillerson then dispatched Yun to North Korea "with the intent of bringing Otto back to the United States", according to a White House timeline. If not, at least we tried, ” he said, adding “were trying to open doors between both countries.”.

Yun boarded a private aircraft along with two doctors and arrived last Monday in Pyongyang, where they were met by North Korean officials and saw Warmbier in a hospital. Bill Richardson, who served under President Clinton, said on "The Cats Roundtable".

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Richardson can certainly sympathize with the grieving father, but he said Warmbier's prolonged incarceration wasn't for lack of effort by the Obama White House.

But one North Korean custom is living under wartime law, and the U.S. has no formal diplomatic relationship or consulate in the country to advocate for United States travelers.

The North is now holding three other U.S. citizens. "And that deal has got to involve a reduction of their missile activity - termination of that, possibly - and in exchange, China, U.S., Russia, all of us, have got to probably give them some food, some energy assistance - I think eventually diplomacy".

“Thats the main reason why were going, ” Rodman said in a video clip posted on his Twitter. In an emotional news conference in OH, the father did not demur when asked if Obama could have done more.

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