Otto Warmbier Has Landed In The United States

Otto Warmbier a 22-year-old college student detained and imprisoned in North Korea is carried off of an airplane at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati on Tuesday

An American college student who was released from a North Korean prison has been taken to an OH hospital for treatment. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported his arrest for "hostile acts" toward the state the following day, but offered no details about his age, occupation or alleged crime.

Warmbier was found guilty and sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years hard labor.

Pictures showed a man in a blue t-shirt, believed to be Warmbier, being carried from the plane.

"Otto has left North Korea", his parents said in a statement to CNN.

"Dennis Rodman had nothing to do with the release of Mr. Warmbier", said Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman.

Warmbier's release came as former US basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday, returning to the increasingly isolated nuclear-armed country where he has previously met leader Kim Jong Un. 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".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Air Force One that "bringing Otto home was a big priority for the president".

A small group of family friends was nearby to celebrate Warmbier's arrival, cheering and holding signs that read "Pray for Otto" and "Welcome home Otto". She says Trump's "thoughts and prayers" are with the 22-year-old college student's family.

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The statement from Leigh contradicts the more serious claim North Korea made in May.

"He is on a medivac flight on his way home".

Warmbier is from the Cincinnati suburb Wyoming.

One of four Americans detained in North Korea at the time, CNN reports that shortly after Swedish officials were allowed to visit them last week the North Korean government arranged a meeting with Joe Yun, the US envoy in NY, to tell him about Warmbier's condition.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman of OH said: "Otto's detainment and sentence was unnecessary and appalling, and North Korea should be universally condemned for its abhorrent behaviour".

The BBC's Stephen Evans in Seoul says it remains to be seen if Mr Warmbier's illness is the direct result of brutality in prison.

United Nations sanctions limit North Korea's diplomats overseas - at the country's Berlin embassy, for example - to only one bank account each.

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The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns. Joseph Yun, the US special envoy on North Korea, met with North Korean officials in Oslo, Norway, in May and reached an agreement for Swedish diplomats to visit Warmbier. Officials involved in negotiations to free Warmbier and another American citizen being detained were told they were being treated as prisoners of war.

Last week, North Korean officials told Yun about Warmbier's medical condition. Warmbier was evacuated Tuesday. On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologized.

After a senior State Department official flew to Pyongyang to demand Warmbier's release on humanitarian grounds, he was flown out in a medical evacuation.

Warmbier was supposed to graduate from the University of Virginia in May.

Two Ohio senators are denouncing North Korea after a resident of their state was said to be in a coma after being released from a prison in that country.

"The visit was the first time the United States was able to confirm Warmbier's status after he was sentenced", Fox News reported.

"Otto's detainment and sentence was unnecessary and appalling, and North Korea should be universally condemned for its abhorrent behavior".

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