United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson says the University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati is on his way back to the United States.
Warmbier had been imprisoned in North Korea since January of 2016 after being accused of trying to steal a propaganda slogan from his Pyongyang Hotel.
He was serving a 15-year prison sentence with hard labour.
His release comes as former NBA star Dennis Rodman is visiting the reclusive country. He told reporters he was quote trying to open a door. According to a statement released by the secretary of state, Warmbier is en route to the United States and will be reunited with his family upon his return.
Tillerson noted that his department secured Warmbier’s at the direction of the president.
“The Department of State continues to have discussions with the DPRK regarding three other U.S. citizens reported detained,” he added in his statement.
Warmbier, who had not been seen since his trial in March 2016, had apparently been in a coma, according to The Washington Post.