Otto Warmbier's father to be guest of Pence at Winter Olympics opening ceremonies

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(WKEF/WRGT) - The father of a Otto Warmbier, the Ohio man who was jailed in North Korea and later died after returning to the U.S., will attend the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics as a guest of Vice President Mike Pence.

Fred Warmbier and his wife Cindy attended the State of the Union last Tuesday as guests of President Trump and the First Lady.

Otto Warmbier was studying abroad in China when he traveled to North Korea with a tour group. Warmbier was arrested, jailed and then sentenced to 15 years hard labor after he was accused of stealing a propaganda poster. North Korean officials say Warmbier fell into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill in March 2016. Warmbier's father has said his son was "systematically tortured" by the Kim Jong Un regime. "These people are terrorists," Fred said. "Kim and his regime intentionally injured Otto."

Otto Warmbier died just six days after he was reunited with his family in 2017.

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