North Korea allowed a student from the United States who fell into a coma while imprisoned in a labour camp to be flown home on Tuesday, as Washington stepped up efforts to halt Pyongyang's nuclear programme.
The release of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, 18 months into a 15-year sentence, came as US President Donald Trump invited South Korea's new leader Moon Jae-In to the White House for talks on the nuclear stand-off.
"Otto has left North Korea," his parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, said in a statement to CNN. "He is on medivac flight on his way home. Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016. We learned of this only one week ago."
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