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Politics Pences to lead U.S. delegation to Pyeongchang Olympics

17:17  10 january  2018
17:17  10 january  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence , are slated to lead a U . S . delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month according A White House official says the visit is meant to "reinforce the strong U . S . presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear signal to the North

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence , are slated to lead a U . S . delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month The Pences ’ trip will also include a stop in Alaska on the way to the Olympics , to inspect U . S . intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) defense systems.

The Pences' trip to the Winter Olympics will also include a stop in Alaska. © Darron Cummings The Pences' trip to the Winter Olympics will also include a stop in Alaska. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, are slated to lead a U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, according to White House officials.

A White House official says the visit is meant to "reinforce the strong U.S. presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear signal to the North Korean regime," which will also be sending a delegation.

During a recent call between President Trump and South Korea's Moon Jae-In, the president informed Moon that the U.S. would be sending a "high-level delegation" to the Games.  

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Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will reportedly lead the United States delegation at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang , South Korea next month. The rest of the delegation has not yet been announced, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence will lead the U . S . delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Pence will stress U . S . commitment to stability in the region to leaders of South Korea and Japan, The White House said. Published at 8:54 AM CST on Jan 10, 2018.

The Pences' trip will also include a stop in Alaska on the way to the Olympics, to inspect U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) defense systems. He'll also visit another ally in the region, Japan, to both showcase the U.S. commitment to stability in the region and to visit U.S. troops stationed there.

This week, there have been signs of a thaw in the relationship between North and South Koreans after officials met to discuss the North's participation in the Olympics. 

The Koreas' first talks in two years were arranged after Kim Jong Un recently made an abrupt push for improved ties with South Korea after a year of elevated tensions with the outside world over his expanding nuclear and missile programs. Critics say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken international pressure and sanctions on the North.

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The selection of Pence to lead the American contingent is meant to be a statement toward North Korea.

“I am honored to lead the U . S . delegation to the closing ceremonies of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ,” Trump said in a statement. “We look forward to congratulating Team USA and celebrating all that our athletes have achieved. Their talent, drive, grit and spirit embodies American excellence

The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to halt their joint military exerciseswhich were to take place during the Winter Olympics. Mr. Trump agreed with Moon to "de-conflict the Olympics and our military exercises so that United States and Republic of Korea forces can focus on ensuring the security of the Games."

South Korean and U.S. forces have regularly conducted joint military exercises, which North Korea considers to be rehearsals for an invasion.

CBS News' Margaret Brennan and Emily Tillett contributed to this report. 

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