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US President Donald Trump on Friday urged the nation to pray for Otto Warmbier, the university student detained in North Korea past year who was flown home this week in a coma. "Relief that Otto is now home in the arms of those who love him, and anger that he was so brutally treated for so long", Mr. Warmbier said.

"The regime returned 22-year-old Warmbier to the United States on Tuesday, after he spent 17 months in a North Korean prison for allegedly trying to steal a government poster during his trip".

North Korea reportedly told a USA official that Otto contracted botulism while detained and slipped intothe coma after taking a sleeping pill. Fred Warmbier said at yesterday's press conference.

Doctors said they don't know what caused the brain damage.

Dr. Daniel Kanter, director of Neurocritical Care Program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said his coma was likely caused from cardiac or respiratory arrest, which decreases blood supply and results in the death of brain tissue.

North Korea has arrested 16 American citizens and is still holding three - Kim Dong Chul, Kim Sang-duk, and Kim Hak-song.

Asked by a reporter whether he believes President Barack Obama's administration could have done more to secure Otto Warmbier's release, Fred Warmbier replied simply, "I think the results speak for themselves".

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Doctors say an American college student who was detained in North Korea is in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness".

It has been nearly a year and a half since Warmbier was detained in North Korea, which he had visited on a five-day tourist trip on his way to a study-abroad trip to Hong Kong with the University of Virginia.

How the news of Warmbier's condition might impact North Korea's fledgling tourism market remains unclear.

One of the most puzzling aspects is why North Korea held onto Warmbier for 15 months after he fell into a coma - something that no doubt worsened his condition and that would have proven expensive and hard to treat for a country with few medical resources.

A 2014 landmark report by a United Nations investigators cataloged massive human rights violations in North Korea which they said could amount to crimes against humanity. Richardson said he had yet to inform the Trump administration about his letter, but had briefed the State Department and White House in recent weeks on his past efforts.

North Korea claimed that Warmbier came down with a case of botulism, a rare form of food poisoning, and slipped into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

The 56-year-old NBA Hall of Famer has developed unusually cosy ties with the North's young leader over the course of at least four previous trips to the country.

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As he is known to be in charge of nuclear issues, though the aim of his visit was for securing the release of American detainees in North Korea, there are speculations that the USA and North Korea could have met to test the waters for further discussions.

"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.

Doctors said they examined Warmbier's body and saw no evidence of fractures that might be evidence of severe beatings.

His parents said they learned of their son's condition - what North Korea called a coma - only last week.

"The question is, do I think the past administration could have done more?"

Bill Richardson, a former USA ambassador to the United Nations, called for an investigation into what happened to Warmbier.

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