Rodman returns from "really good" North Korea trip
Rodman returns from "really good" North Korea trip
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He declined to answer questions about whether he had played a role in the release of Otto Warmbier, an American student who was recently returned home suffering from brain damage after more than a year in detention in North Korea.
North Korea is believed to operate up to five political prison camps where they hold those convicted of the most serious crimes, according to the United Nations.
The contrast of the black Cincinnati night sky, combined with Lunken Airport airport's bright spotlights, made it almost impossible to see anything that was happening as medical personnel carried Warmbier's limp body down the plane's steps, says Reuters photographer Bryan Woolston.
When it works, "it's a brilliant propaganda coup", for the regime, he said. After a trial that lasted about an hour, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. But then something went wrong.
"They advertise it's the safest trip ever and you know it's the one your mother wouldn't want you to go on. This is pretty much what happened in this case", Lankov said.
Doctors treating an American who was released earlier this week by North Korea said he suffered "severe injuries to all areas" of his brain while he was in captivity.
American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
US President Donald Trump has made "solving" the peninsula's problem a top priority for his administration.
North Korea experts say Kim Jong Un appears keen on engaging in "hostage diplomacy" - using detained Americans as leverage and even as human shields in the event the U.S.is thinking about launching an attack.
Rodman has faced ridicule and criticism for his visits to North Korea, which some USA politicians and activists view as serving only as fodder for North Korean propaganda. "This way, political prison camp and other detention facility officials avoid having to deal with that situation".
Fred Warmbier appeared critical of the Obama administration's handling of Otto's detention, saying the family heeded the United States government's initial advice to take a low profile "without result". He says efforts to get Warmbier home never ceased.
Warmbier was arrested on January 2, 2016, while trying to board a plane out of North Korea.
"That's the main reason why we're going", Rodman said in a video clip posted on his Twitter. Lawmakers proposed a bill in May that would restrict all tourism to North Korea, allowing American citizens to visit only after receiving special permission.
According to the North Korean government, Warmbier was detained because he had sneaked onto a restricted floor of his hotel and had stolen a political poster.
Tourism to North Korea - especially Western tourism - has risen significantly in recent years despite global tensions regarding the country's nuclear program.
"It is not good if you go back and start selling stories about suffering and torture as that will damage North Korea's worldwide standing", he said.
Many believe American tourism to North Korea helps each side humanize the other - including Dennis Rodman, who's now visiting the reclusive country.
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