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Official on both the sides United States and North Korea denied any role playing by the National Basketball Association star in the release of Warmbier. A former U.N. ambassador experienced in negotiating for political prisoners, Richardson said he had met with members of the North Korean delegation to the United Nations in NY 20 times since Warmbier was jailed. If Warmbier is to recover - and that's a very big if - it will require numerous surgeries to different parts of his brain.

Rodman, who landed in Pyongyang Tuesday, was photographed presenting North Korean Sports Minister Kim Il Guk with a copy of Trump's book, "Trump: The Art of the Deal".

Rodman also visited iconic North Korean monuments and coached a women's basketball team.

"I hope that President Trump and the United States continue to pressure China to do more to get North Korea to start behaving, but so far they have only done so much, and it's not enough", Richardson said.

Eventually "someone realizes that the worst of all possible worlds is for the guy to die in custody", he said, at which point the North embarked on a flurry of secret diplomatic activity that led to Warmbier's release. Over the next days, officials said, Tillerson and Trump discussed the case.

But "what this accumulation of detainees reveals is that North Korea is a risky place, it is easy to step over some line", Haggard said, adding he was increasingly in favor of a tourism ban because the "hostages" were a liability for the USA government.

The New America Foundation is a think tank in Washington and DiMaggio helped set up the latest talks with North Korea.

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Warmbier fell into a coma while serving his sentence.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency, May 15, 2017.

"I know the answer to that", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said - but then she wouldn't say.

Yun boarded a private aircraft along with two doctors and arrived last Monday in Pyongyang, where they were met by North Korean officials and saw Warmbier in a hospital.

The three prisoners left in North Korea are Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim, both university professors, and Kim Dong Chul a businessman. Yun demanded his release, the White House said.

The North is now holding three other U.S. citizens. The meeting didn't happen until the beginning of June when the USA finally learned Warmbier was in a coma. In an emotional news conference in OH, the father did not demur when asked if Obama could have done more.

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