Rodman's N. Korea trip off to uncharacteristic low-key start


"He's smart in many ways; he's very street-wise".

North Korea has been a major irritant in the first few months of the Trump administration.

An American student jailed in North Korea was in a coma on an emergency medical flight back to the U.S. last night after being freed by Kim Jong-un's regime.

"While the entire University of Virginia community is relieved to learn of Otto's release from North Korea, we are deeply concerned and saddened to learn from his family that he is in a coma", U-Va. 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.

Tillerson says that Warmbier is on his way back to the be re-united with his family.

"FILE â€" In this February 29, 2016 file photo, American student Otto Warmbier speaks to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea. 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 awful mistake in life".

State Department Special Representative Joseph Yun met with North Korean officials in NY and Oslo, Norway before visiting Pyongyang on Monday to bring Warmbier back to the U.S.

Charlotte and David Simons, who said they have been friends of the family for more than 30 years, came to watch his flight come in, too.

Officials involved in securing Warmbier's release told The Post that it had nothing to do with Rodman's trip to Pyongyang, calling it a "bizarre coincidence" that might have been a ploy by North Korea to distract from Warmbier's condition.

"I have high confidence that's not the case but Dennis does know Trump and he does know Kim", Pinkston said, adding that "it's not a pre-planned thing, the White House, State Department calling him, saying "Take this envelope, say this thing".

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Charlotte Simons said she was just leaving a Pilates class in Hyde Park Tuesday morning when her phone lit up with the news Otto was coming home.

"We're absolutely thrilled. There are many happy people tonight in Wyoming", Wyoming City Council member Jenni McCauley said.

On the same day that Warmbier left North Korea, another American made a decision to show up.

There was no clear sign that the former National Basketball Association bad boy would meet leader Kim Jong Un, as he did on previous visits to the isolated country. It's safe to say it stands up half-a-decade later.

"Well, I'm pretty sure he's pretty much happy with the fact that I'm over here trying to accomplish something that we both need", Rodman said in Beijing when asked if Trump was aware of the trip.

The US condemned the sentence at the time, accusing North Korea of attempting to use Warmbier as a political pawn amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

"Out of respect for the privacy of Mr. Warmbier and his family", said Tillerson, "we have no further comment". "I've not spoken with Dennis Rodman".

Three other Americans are there in the custody of the North Korean government.

Prince Marketing Group, which represents Rodman, did not comment on any PotCoin sponsorship in a statement regarding Rodman's trip to North Korea. Its opaque regime expresses its will through vast totalitarian spectacles and brazen, clandestine assassinations. Moon - a liberal who has historically worked for rapprochement, rather than confrontation, with the North - was critical of some aspects of US policy in the region ahead of his election.

Warmbier said before his trial that he tried to steal the propaganda poster as a trophy for an acquaintance, who offered him a used auto worth $13,200 in exchange for the item.