“North Korea: Kim Jong Un’s Friend Dennis Rodman Says Otto Warmbier’s Release Partly Down To Him” -Newsweek

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Summary: ” “Dennis Rodman had nothing to do with Otto returning to the United States,” said Warmbier’s father in a statement to ABC News. Rodman’s agent, Chris Volo, told ABC News that he’d asked Rodman to plea, for Warmbier’s release three times prior to the visit. That’s it.” Subscribe REUTERS/Kyodo Rodman’s recent drop by to North Korea coincided with Warmbier’s release, although the foregoing basketball star claimed he was traveling as a private citizen. Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (C) is mobbed by the media as he walks out from the arrival gate returning from his trip to North Korea at Beijing’s international airport on June 17. “I know that being there had something to do with it,” said Volo, claiming that North Korean officials “understood” that releasing Warmbier was a prerequisite to building any sporting relations between the country, and Rodman. student Otto Warmbier—who died on Monday at the end of returning home in a coma—was partly down to ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman’s trip to the authoritarian state, at least according to the foregoing basketball player himself. Ride horses, everything.” Rodman said that he was advance planning his next drop by to Pyongyang, for August, and urged President Trump to have access to in touch to try and start out off a dialog with Kim. U.S. officials have blamed North Korea for Warmbier’s demise and President Donald Trump condemned “the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.” Pyongyang claimed that Warmbier had contracted botulism—a potentially fatal bacterial disease—after being given a sleeping pill, from which he never woke up.”

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