White House officials say Pence is traveling to Alaska, Japan, and South Korea to ensure North Korea doesn't "hijack" the games. There have been no known North Korean defections in the history of the Olympic Games, but more importantly, the country is thought to impose tough safeguards.
Vice President Mike Pence is now en route to Asia, where he will lead the United States delegation to the opening ceremony later this week and attend some events. In recent months North Korean President Kim Jong-un has ramped up missile tests and conducted the country's sixth nuclear test.
North Korea has shown an unprecedented willingness to talk with South Korea about its inclusion in the games, and the talks came at a time of record-high tensions between the U.S. and Pyongyang after a summer filled with nuclear and missile provocations.
A North Korean ferry arrived in South Korea on Tuesday carrying a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics this week, taking advantage of a rare sanctions exemption from Seoul 16 years after its previous visit.
Pushed on whether that meant he was not saying "no", Tillerson replied: "We'll see, we'll see what happens".
"We've seen charm offensives by the North before and they have not ever led to any honest movement towards denuclearization", according to a USA official.
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Vice President Mike Pence isn't ruling out a meeting with North Korean officials as he prepares to attend the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Team USA's oldest member, hockey player Brian Gionta, 39, spurned offers from the NHL so he could return to the Winter Games a dozen years after his previous Olympic appearance.
Cheong Wa Dae did not confirm whether Ivanka Trump is indeed attending the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Games. In Japan, he will meet with Prime Minster Shinzo Abe and US service members.
The Washington Post reported that Pence's trip "is focused nearly exclusively on continuing the United States' pressure campaign on North Korea". On Friday, Trump had a group of North Korean defectors visit him in the Oval Office, where he ominously told them there may be "no road" left for Washington and Pyongyang to run down as they both stand on the nuclear brink.
Mr Moon already has a busy schedule of diplomatic meetings, including with the Swiss President Alain Berset, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Han Zheng, a member of the politburo standing committee of China's Communist Party, Mr Pence, and Antonio Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general. While the Olympics have provided a diplomatic opening between the rival Koreas, it's not quelled U.S. The three countries are part of the pressure campaign against North Korea's burgeoning nuclear program.
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