N. Korea says US student released on humanitarian grounds
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North Korea said it released a U.S. student earlier this week on humanitarian grounds, according to a report from the state news organization on Thursday.

Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, is currently in a coma. He arrived in Cincinnati Tuesday night after being held by the North Korean government for over 17 months.

The college student’s parents were told he has been in a coma for about a year. Warmbier contracted botulism, which causes paralysis, according to CNN.


Warmbier was found guilty of committing a hostile act against the regime in March of 2016 and sentenced to 15 months of hard labor.

The news of his release comes as American basketball star Dennis Rodman visits the largely isolated country, however there appears to be no connection between Warmbier’s release and Rodman’s visit.

Americans Kim Sang Duk and Kim Hak-song are still being held by North Korea.