Dennis Rodman: 'Everybody's going to be happy' with North Korea trip

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He said his own Santa Fe-based Richardson Center for Global Engagement sent a three-member American delegation to Pyongyang last November with the Obama administration's endorsement, offering humanitarian and flood assistance and privately raised cash to pay for the return of US soldiers' remains from the Korean War in exchange for the release of Warmbier.

"This is the most egregious and worst response North Korea has ever given on a humanitarian issue", he said.

Extremely safe! Despite what you may hear, North Korea is probably one of the safest places on Earth to visit.

New details that emerged last week about Yun's brief visit to the North Korean capital illustrate the deep level of estrangement between the USA and North Korea, two countries that don't have diplomatic relations and have technically been in a state of war for more than half a century, despite the armistice that ended the Korean War. Over the next days, officials said, Tillerson and Trump discussed the case.

When Danny Gratton met Otto Warmbier in Beijing in late December 2015, they were on their first day of a tour to North Korea that only one of them would successfully complete.

Richardson's foundation was involved in 20 meetings in NY "trying to press for his release" and sent a private delegation late a year ago to North Korea, as also reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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Although the U.S. policy does not ban its citizen from visiting North Korea, the U.S. State Department strongly advises against it. They didn't tell us in our meetings with the North Koreans in NY, 20 times in the a year ago. I got to know Otto really, really well.

"He's in a coma and the North Koreans have a lot of explaining to do especially since he might have been in a coma for a year", Richardson told WTOP, Washington, Thursday.

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. "We're trying to open doors between both countries". Yun demanded his release, the White House said. He hasn't spoken to the media since returning and USA officials have referred most questions to Warmbier's family. Bill Richardson, who served under President Clinton, said on "The Cats Roundtable".

But Yun managed to see the other three detained Americans while in Pyongyang, providing the US with much-sought information about their condition.

"I have mixed reactions to Rodman going, buy maybe he's going to say something to Rodman that could be useful", Richardson said. He was never contacted by the US government or the tour company that arranged the visit. "At no stage did I ever think he was anything but a very, very polite kid", he said.