Otto Warmbier’s Father to Attend Winter Olympics in South Korea With Mike Pence

American student Otto Warmbier’s parents Fred and Cindy Warmbier cry as U.S. President Donald Trump talks about the death of their son after his arrest in North Korea during the State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

The father of a US student who died after he was released from a North Korean jail will attend the Olympic games as the US vice-president’s guest.

Mike Pence announced on Twitter that Fred Warmbier, Otto Warmbier’s father, will attend the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday.

Both Koreas are set to march under one flag, signaling a thaw in relations.

But Mr Pence said he wants Mr Warmbier to remind the world of North Korea’s human rights abuses.

According to the Washington Post, which first reported on Mr Warmbier’s trip, the delegation is the latest US attempt to put pressure on the isolated country to halt their ambitions to become a nuclear power.

Last week Mr Warmbier’s parents attended US President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address to Congress as guests of Melania Trump.

“You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires truly us all,” Mr Trump said to Fred and Cindy Warmbier and their younger children, Austin and Greta.

“Tonight, we pledge to honour Otto’s memory with total American resolve,” he added, before also praising a North Korean defector who fled his native country on crutches.

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