VP Pence Meets with S. Korean Pres. to Discuss N. Korea’s Participation in Olympics

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UPDATED 7:18 AM PT — Thurs. February 8, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence is in South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympic games after making a brief stop in Japan, where he spoke to service members stationed at the Yokota Air Base.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addresses members of U.S. military services and Japan Self-Defense Force before he departs for South Korea, at U.S. Air Force Yokota base in Fussa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (Toru Hanai/Pool Photo via AP)

After arriving Thursday, Pence met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul to discuss North Korea’s participation in the games.

President Moon said he hopes the Olympics can be an opportunity to hold discussions on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and eventual peace in the region.

Members of the North Korean Olympic delegation arrive at the Olympic Village of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Feb. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Pence responded by saying, Washington supports South Korea and will maintain ties with the country.

“South Korea is a testament to the power of freedom and the capacity of free peoples to create prosperity and security and my presence here today echoing the words you just expressed, Mr. President, reaffirm the strong and unbreakable bond between the people of the United States of America and the people of South Korea,” stated Pence.

The vice president is set to lead U.S. delegations in the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday.