Family members of Kenneth Bae, an American missionary jailed in North Korea for more than a year, will be in attendance for Tuesday's State of the Union address as guests of two members of Congress. Their inclusion is part of a week-long effort in Washington to draw attention to Bae's plight - 15 months since he was first imprisoned by the North Koreans.
Bae's mother, Myunghee Bae, and sister, Terri Chung will attend as guests of Washington Representive Rick Larsen and Representative Charles Rangel, both Democrats.
Bae was heard from less than two weeks ago, appearing before reporters in Pyongyang in what was described as a press conference, and appealing for U.S. leaders to secure his release.
Bae was leading a tour group in November of 2012 when he was arrested and accused of crimes against the state. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, and was moved to a hospital last summer due to deteriorating health.