Hometown pleased that student has returned from North Korea

While North Korea's move to free Warmbier could potentially provide an opening for talks on security issues, the prospects still appear bleak.

U.S and North Korean officials say Rodman had nothing to do with the release of American student Otto Warmbier, who had been serving a 15-year sentence in a North Korean prison for alleged anti-state acts.

Had Kim Jong Un, a 90s basketball fanboy, traded a high profile American prisoner for a chance to play NBA Jam with his boyhood hero?

A military airplane carrying Otto Warmbier landed in his hometown of Cincinnati shortly before 10:20 pm (0220 GMT Wednesday), CBS News reported.

A report by North Korean medical officials stated that Warmbier went comatose after his botulism infection was aggravated by his taking of a sleeping pill, according to his parents.

On Monday, they arrived in Pyongyang and Tuesday Warmbier was on a plane back to Cincinnati. "I think we're very excited yet very prayerful about what is happening because we've heard he is in a coma". "I'm just here to see some friends and have a good time", he said. Swedish diplomats, who represent US interests in Pyongyang, were able to check in on Warmbier recently and reported that the young American was in a coma after being stricken with what appeared to be a case of botulism. When the Swedes finally got the okay to visit, the North Koreans immediately asked for a meeting with Joe Yun, the USA envoy in NY, when he was told about Otto Warmbier's condition.

"We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalised and terrorised by the pariah regime", his parents, Fred and Cindy, said. "Otto should have been released from the start", said US Sen.

He was given a sleeping pill after becoming ill after his trial past year and did not wake up, North Korea said. The State Department said President Trump had been consulted. "Over the last 18 months, they have had to endure more than any family should have to bear". Mr. Yun was told the North wanted concessions in return for Mr. Warmbier's release, according to a person familiar with the conversation.

He was transported via Medivac flight to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he is receiving treatment, although the prospects for a full recovery are grim. On this trip, he has already been roundly criticized by some for visiting during a time of high tensions between the US and North Korea over its weapons programs and recent missile launches.

Jeffrey Fowle, another US tourist from OH detained for six months at about the same time as Miller, was released just before that and sent home on a USA government plane.

The Warmbier family said North Korean officials told the US envoys that soon after his trial in March 2016, their son became sick with botulism, an illness caused by a toxin, and fell into a coma after being given a sleeping pill, according to the Post.

Any visit to North Korea by a high-profile American is a political minefield. It was found that while touring the country on a trip organized by the Chinese-based Young Pioneer Tours, he had stolen a poster from a North Korean hotel.

Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary, served two years of detention in the North before being released in November 2014 when then-U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made a secret trip to Pyongyang to win his release and that of another U.S. detainee.

As those close to him waited for news about his health, people nationally and internationally wondered how his condition - and the lack of information about it for so long - would affect tense relations between the United States and North Korea. It began offering classes in English to the North Korean elite in 2010.

United States officials refused to comment on his condition, but former ambassador and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said he had spoken with the family.