Mike Pence meets with North Korean defectors alongside Otto Warmbier's father

Mike Pence meets with North Korean defectors alongside Otto Warmbier's father

Mike Pence meets with North Korean defectors alongside Otto Warmbier's father

Later in the day, Pence flew to PyeongChang to join the opening ceremony of the February 9-25 Winter Games, with all eyes on whether Pence and the North's delegates would meet each other on the sidelines of the Olympics.

"We're going to continue to put all the pressure to bear economically and diplomatically, while preserving all of our military options to see that that happens", Pence said in a segment that aired Friday morning on "Today".

US Vice President Mike Pence met with North Korean defectors and visited a memorial for South Korean sailors killed in a North Korean torpedo attack on Friday in an apparent move to highlight his country's tough stance on the reclusive regime.

The Abe-Moon meeting took place at a hotel near the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, the venue for the opening ceremony for the Winter Games.

Pence is in South Korea, where he is leading the U.S. delegation to the games' opening ceremonies. The last time a Japanese prime minister visited North Korea was in 2004.

North Korea ramped up its missile and nuclear program previous year, testing its first three intercontinental ballistic missiles and most powerful nuclear weapon to date.


"As these people and their lives testify, it is a regime that imprisons, and tortures, and impoverishes its citizens", he added. This was met with worldwide sanctions as well as a flurry of insults between President Donald Trump and North Korean state media.

The vice president says there is no equivalence between the show of American force and the North Korean military parade held Thursday on the eve of the Olympics.

While the United States maintains it will not engage in dialogue with Pyongyang unless the isolated country renounces its nuclear and missile programs, North Korea argues it will not hold any dialogue with the USA if talks would be about abandoning its nuclear weapons programs.

Military exercises in the Korean peninsula have been delayed until after the 2018 Winter Olympics conclude, but still, all military options are being preserved to protect the United States from North Korean nuclear threats, Vice President Mike Pence said in an interview from South Korea, where he is attending the 2018 Olympic Games' Opening Ceremonies.

But privately, officials said, Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea.

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