The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are only a few days away, and questions have been rising regarding tensions with North Korea. This year, the Games are taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Near the end of 2017, several political leaders spoke out about the imminent threat of being in such close proximity to North Korea. There were several complaints put forth when North Korea's Kim Jong Un said that the North Korean athletes and leaders would be attending the Olympics.
While some politicians said that if North Korea was allowed to attend the Games that the U.S. should boycott, other leaders ensured athletes and viewers that the protection of Americans would be of utmost importance.
Now, the Washington Post has reported that the tensions with North Korea at the Games will come particularly close to home for one honored guest. They confirmed that Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, will be heading to South Korea this week.
Otto Warmbier was the American student who died after being imprisoned in North Korea. His story gained worldwide attention when reports emerged that he had secretly been in a coma for 15 months. He was medically evacuated back to the U.S. but sadly died several days later. Now, his father will be in close proximity to the very area where Otto was so tragically mistreated.
This week, Fred Warmbier will be VP Mike Pence's special guest at the Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
According to the White House, Pence's trip to Japan and South Korea will focus "almost exclusively" on the relations between the United States and North Korea. They announced that the VP would be attending the Games in order to reinforce a strong U.S. presence.
Now, people are praising Fred Warmbier's bravery and strength. Many have commented on the fact that not only would it be difficult to be in such close proximity to the country where his son was imprisoned, the entire purpose of the trip is to focus on the tensions with North Korea. He is facing his grief head-on and attempting to assist the U.S. in efforts to ensure this does not happen to anyone else's child.
Last week, President Trump delivered a powerful message at his State of the Union address regarding North Korea and Warmbier. He said that he would "pledge to honor Otto's memory with total American resolve."
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