Why is Dennis Rodman Back in North Korea?

Why is Dennis Rodman Back in North Korea?

"I'm sorry for what's going on in North Korea, the certain situations", Rodman told CNN after returning from Pyongyang in 2014, but he didn't specify what exactly those "situations" were and wasn't contrite about the visit itself. Such direct consultations between the two governments are rare as they do not have formal diplomatic relations.

He was met by North Korean Vice Minister of Sports Son Kwang Ho.

The trip comes amid high tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, following a string of weapons tests by North Korea, which have prompted successive rounds of sanctions and caused the U.S. to step up its own muscle-flexing in the region. He was evacuated on Tuesday.

They say that Otto Warmbier is on a Medivac flight on his way home.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement to The Associated Press that their son is in a coma and flying home.

"We will let Dennis answer any questions related to his trip to North Korea when he gets back", he said. "We are so grateful that he will finally be with people who live him".

Republican Sen. Rob Portman of OH said in a statement that Tillerson had confirmed to him Warmbier's release. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland said the country's "despicable actions. must be condemned".

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea Tuesday amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang and three days after the regime threatened to test an intercontinental ballistic missile powerful enough to reach the USA mainland at "any time" its leader Kim Jong-un wishes.

Tillerson called President Trump at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday to inform him that Warmbier was on an airplane en route to the United States, according to a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the details.

Parents of 22-year old American college student freed by North Korea say he is in a coma.

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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is expected to arrive in North Korea today, marking his fourth visit to the country.

"Otto has been in a coma for over a year now and urgently needs proper medical care in the United States", said Richardson, who has previously served as a special envoy to North Korea and still works on prisoner issues.

A North Korean foreign ministry official said Warmbier was released and left the country Tuesday morning.

State news media said Warmbier visited North Korea with the intention of "bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity".

He has previously described his trips - including one in 2013 with the Harlem Globetrotters - as "basketball diplomacy" but has been roundly criticised for failing to raise human rights issues or the plight of U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae, who was detained at the time. He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor after being accused of stealing a sign at a hotel in Pyongyang, the capital.

Mr Warmbier, a student from the University of Virgina, went with his tour group to North Korea in January 2016.

"It's a weird world we live in where the official channels through NY and high-level envoys are unable to connect", Graham said, "and yet the one point of interpersonal connection with the U.S.is through Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman".

North Korean officials had stubbornly refused to release Warmbier, despite the repeated efforts of USA officials acting through Swedish diplomats, who serve as intermediaries between the two hostile countries. At the same time, his trips have also faced ridicule and criticism from some US politicians and activists who view them as fodder for North Korean propaganda.

"On camera, Warmbier said he stole the propaganda poster on behalf of a member of the Friendship United Methodist Church in Wyoming, Ohio, who wanted it 'as a trophy.' In exchange, he would receive a used auto worth $10,000".

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