Otto Warmbier’s Father to Join Pence at Olympics Opening Ceremonies in South Korea

Washington Free Beacon | 1/30/2018 | Alex Griswold
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BY: Alex Griswold

Fred Warmbier, father of an American student who died after being jailed in North Korea, will accompany Vice President Mike Pence when he attends the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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The elder Warmbier will be part of the U.S. 2018 Winter Olympic delegation as Pence's guest, the Washington Post reported Sunday. The vice president will head the delegation after a five-day diplomatic trip focused on convincing Asian nations to keep pressure on the North Korean regime.

Otto Warmbier was finishing up a five-day tour of North Korea in 2016 when he was arrested by authorities, allegedly for trying to take down a poster in the hotel where he was staying. Warmbier received 15 years hard labor for the minor infraction, prompting international outrage.

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