North Korea says American detainee Warmbier released on humanitarian grounds

News 15 Jun 2017
North Korea says American detainee Warmbier released on humanitarian grounds

FILE PHOTO – Otto Frederick Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who has been detained in North Korea since early January, attends a news conference in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo February 29, 2016. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo

SEOUL North Korea said on Thursday it has released American Otto Warmbier "on humanitarian grounds" after he had been held prisoner for 17 months.

Warmbier, an American university student said to be in a coma according to his family, was medically evacuated from the reclusive country after a rare visit to North Korea by a high-level U.S. official.

The North's KCNA news agency said the release followed a court decision on Tuesday. It did not provide other details.

(Reporting by Soyoung Kim and Jack Kim; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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