North Korea releases US student, Tillerson says

By Reuters   June 13, 2017 | 09:48 pm GMT+7
North Korea releases US student, Tillerson says
Otto Frederick Warmbier (C), a University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea since early January, is taken to North Korea's top court in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo March 16, 2016. Photo by Reuters/via Kyodo

U.S. is continuing to discuss the situation of three other detained Americans with North Korea.

North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, a U.S. university student who has been held captive there since January 2016, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati, is on his way back to the United States, Tillerson said in a statement.

The State Department is continuing to discuss the situation of three other detained Americans with North Korea, Tillerson said.

The Washington Post cited Warmbier's parents as saying he had been medically evacuated from North Korea in a coma.

“Our son is coming home,” Fred Warmbier told The Washington Post on Tuesday.

“At the moment, we’re just treating this like he’s been in an accident. We get to see our son Otto tonight.”

Tillerson, at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, declined to comment on Warmbier's condition.

His release comes as former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman visited the reclusive country. A senior administration official said the Trump administration did not authorize this trip.

"This is him freelancing," the official told Reuters.