The father of an American student who died after being severely tortured by the North Korean government will attend the upcoming Winter Olympics’ opening ceremonies in South Korea, staring down Kim’s brutal regime as a personal guest of Vice President Mike Pence.
Fred Warmbier confirmed this week he will be traveling to South Korea alongside the Vice President and other US officials ahead of the international competition; placing the grieving father on Kim’s doorstep as a 250-person North Korean delegation competes on the global stage.
Fred’s 22-year old son Otto was arrested by North Korean police for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel’s hallway, eventually being sentenced to 15 years of forced labor for committing “crimes against the state.”
He was transported back to the United States after falling into a coma, and eventually died from “severe beatings.”
The Warmbiers attended President Trump’s State of the Union address less than one week ago, where the Commander-in-Chief called them “powerful witnesses” to the “menace” posed by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
“You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires truly us all,” Trump told the grieving family. “Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto’s memory with total American resolve.”
h/t NY Post