Diplomatic Battle to Get American Student Back From North Korea

United States is quietly working to free Otto Warmbier, who North Koreans claim was stealing a political banner.
1:46 | 03/17/16

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To North Korea now and the diplomatic battle underway tonight to win the freedom of a young American college student. The 21 year old breaking down in tears during court on Wednesday we showed you the pictures then sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor. For attempting to steal a political poster from the hotel you can seem in the video right there. ABC's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz tonight with the new effort under way to get him released and returned home. Tonight the US is quietly working to free American student auto warm beer. It was this security video that the north Koreans say shows warm beer stealing a political banner like this one. From the hotel where he was staying with the tore group. And taking it is a crime against the state. I have made the worst mistake of my eye. The 21 year old UBA student clearly shaken now sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor. Didn't let. People with. Now helping to fan we seek release former governor Bill Richardson he equates the theft with the college prank. Hopefully now after the sentencing. It'll mean negotiations could start. On his release on humanitarian ground. Close to a dozen American tourists have been arrested in North Korea in the last six years all released. The north Koreans have in the past. One at a high level negotiator like Bill Clinton who helped free two young American journalists in 2009. But this is a time of great tension with the north Koreans because of their nuclear and ballistic missile tests and there is no telling what they will do. And what they will demand David Martha Raddatz wood as tonight Martha thank you.

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