Kenneth Bae’s Mother and Sister to Attend State of the Union Address as Guests of Congressmen Larsen and Rangel

Jan 28, 2014

WASHINGTON—The mother and sister of Kenneth Bae, the American imprisoned in North Korea, will be invited guests at tonight’s State of the Union address. Myunghee Bae and Terri Chung will attend the President’s address as guests of Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, and Rep. Charles Rangel, NY-13.

“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.”

“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.”

Bae has been imprisoned in North Korea since November 2012. He is from Lynnwood, Wash., and lives in China with his wife and children.