Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen will lead the U.S. delegation at the Olympics in South Korea. The games kick off next month in Pyeongchang. And the Pence choice is meant to “reinforce the strong U.S. presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear signal to the North Korean regime,” according to the White House.
After consulting with South Korean President Moon Jae-In, President Trump agreed to send a “high-level delegation” to make a statement during the games.
And that’s not all. The Pences will also make a stop in Alaska:
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They will inspect the missile defense systems for our intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) systems, sending a clear message to North Korea that the U.S. is ready for anything. The vice president will also visit Japan.
The Olympics have become a focal point in the icy relationship between the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un recently called for improved ties with South Korea and agreed to send athletes to the Olympics:
“Kim also called for improved relations with the South, an idea mentioned in speeches more often than it is met. He said the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics would be a good opportunity to showcase the status of the Korean nation.
“He said the North and South could meet urgently to discuss the North sending a delegation.
“‘The Winter Olympic games that will be held soon in the South will be a good opportunity to display the status of the Korean nation and we sincerely wish that the event will be held with good results,’ he said.”
To recognize this positive step south Korean and U.S. forces halted military exercises scheduled to take place during the Olympics.