Myunghee Bae and Terri Chung, the mother and sister of Kenneth Bae, an American imprisoned in North Korea, will attend the State of the Union address Tuesday. The pair will be the guests of Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY).
"I am pleased to welcome Myunghee and Terri to the Capitol as guests for the State of the Union address," Larsen said. "They have been tireless advocates for Kenneth, and I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them as we continue our work to ensure his safe return home."
Bae has been detained for more than a year. On January 20th, Bae held a press conference in North Korea and apologized. His apology was later echoed by his sister.
North Korea sentenced the American to 15 years of hard labor on charges of subversive activities against the government. He was arrested in November 2012.
"I have repeatedly called upon DPRK to release Kenneth Bae and would like to reiterate this message by bringing his family as guests to the State of the Union," Rangel said. "Nothing is more tragic than the separation of families and loved ones. As a Korean War veteran, I have long advocated for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and hope North Korea would take steps to build trust and reconciliation by first reuniting the Bae family."