Family of Kenneth Bae to attend State of the Union speech

Family of Kenneth Bae to attend State of the Union speech
FILE - This Aug. 7, 2013 file photo shows Myunghee Bae, the mother of Kenneth Bae, at her computer in her home in Lynnwood, Wash. The gallery over the House of Representatives is filling up for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Democratic congressmen Rick Larsen of Washington and Charles Rangel of New York announced Tuesday they will host Myunghee Bae. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — The sister and mother of a Washington man imprisoned in North Korea are attending the State of the Union Address.

Congressman Rick Larsen says Kenneth Bae's mother Myunghee Bae and sister Terri Chung are his guests and guests of New York Congressman Charles Rangel.

Larsen represents a district north of Seattle where the family members live. Rangel is a Korean War veteran who says North Korea should take steps to build trust and reconciliation by first reuniting the Bae family.

Kenneth Bae is a former University of Oregon student from Lynnwood, Wash. who has been living in China. He was leading a tour group to an economic zone in North Korea in November 2012 when he was arrested and accused of crimes against the state. His sister says his Christian faith got him into trouble.