5 Facts About Otto Warmbier


Otto Frederick Warmbier is an American citizen who was imprisoned in North Korea after being convicted and sentenced to 15 years' hard labor at the age of 21 for "hostile acts against the DPRK".

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula.

Otto Warmbier sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea by WCPO.com | 9 On Your Side


He was arrested over the alleged theft of a political propaganda poster, on January 2, 2016, during a tour in North Korea with an independent travel company.

College Student Detained in North Korea Gives Tearful Apology by ABC News


On June 13, 2017, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced his release.

The Secretary of State is a senior official of the federal government of the United States of America heading the U.S. Department of State, principally concerned with foreign policy and is considered to be the U.S. government's equivalent of a Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Rex Wayne Tillerson is an American diplomat, civil engineer, and former energy executive who is the 69th and current United States Secretary of State, serving since February 1, 2017.


Warmbier's parents reported this was a medical evacuation because of their son's coma.

Medical evacuation, often shortened to medevac or medivac, is the timely and efficient movement and en route care provided by medical personnel to wounded being evacuated from a battlefield, to injured patients being evacuated from the scene of an accident to receiving medical facilities, or to patients at a rural hospital requiring urgent care at a better-equipped facility using medically equipped ground vehicles or aircraft.

Coma is a state of unconsciousness in which a person cannot be awakened; fails to respond normally to painful stimuli, light, or sound; lacks a normal wake-sleep cycle; and does not initiate voluntary actions.


Warmbier arrived in Cincinnati late on June 13 and was rushed to the hospital.

Cincinnati is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio that serves as county seat of Hamilton County.

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