Mike Pence's Olympics guest is a pointed message to North Korea

Mike Pence.
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence is bringing the father of Otto Warmbier as his guest to the Olympics Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang, South Korea, The Washington Post reports. Otto Warmbier was 21 when he was imprisoned by North Korea in 2016 for allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel room. He was medically evacuated to the United States in a coma last June, which was apparently caused by an unknown injury from a year prior. He died shortly after returning to the U.S.

Pence is leading the 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic delegation and will bring Otto's father Fred as his guest. Pence's presence in South Korea is intended to "reinforce the strong U.S. presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear signal to the North Korean regime," a White House official told CBS News. North Korea and South Korea have defused tensions ahead of the international sporting event, going as far as to agree to march under a unified flag.

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/flexiimages/jacafc5zvs1692883516.jpg

Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up
To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us