North Korea releases American detainee on humanitarian grounds

June 15, 2017 07:04

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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 US official.

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

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