February 05, 2018

Pence Signals Openness to Talks With North Korea at Olympics

Featuring Patrick M. Cronin

Source: Bloomberg News

Journalist Toluse Olorunnipa

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence declined to rule out talks with North Korean officials while attending Winter Olympics events in South Korea, even as he urged the isolated regime to abandon it nuclear program.

“I haven’t requested any meeting, but we’ll see what happens,” Pence told reporters at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, before departing for Tokyo. “My message -- whatever the setting, whoever’s present -- will be the same. And that is that North Korea must once and for all abandon its nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile ambitions.”

Pence said the purpose of his trip to Japan and South Korea was to make sure North Korea didn’t use event to paper over truth about its regime, adding that the U.S. would “be telling the truth about North Korea at every stop.”

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  • Patrick M. Cronin

    Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the Senior ...