08 February, 2018
North Korea sent 22 athletes, in figure skating, short track, ice hockey, alpine and cross country skiing, to the Winter Olympics on South Korean soil after reaching an inter-Korean agreement on Pyongyang's participation.
He also attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
During Pence's week-long trip to Asia, Pence will also encounter friction between Tokyo and Seoul on North Korea and historical issues, as he seeks to counter the isolated regime's provocations and propaganda.
Trump and other senior officials have repeatedly said that time is running out before North Korea gains the capability to strike the US mainland with a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile.
Kim Yong-Nam will be the most senior official from the North for years to travel to the other side of the Demilitarized Zone that has divided the two Koreas for decades.
Trump has belittled the North Korean leader as "little rocket man" and on Twitter boasted that his "nuclear button" is larger than Kim's.
Now the focus is on whether the North's current de-facto number two Choe Ryong-hae, Vice Chairman of the Workers' Party's central committee, will be included in the high-level delegation, Money Today reported.
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In another development on Sunday, the Washington Post reported that Fred Warmbier, whose son Otto Warmbier was jailed by North Korea and died days after returning to the United States, would attend the opening ceremony as a guest of Mr Pence.
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"But as far as the conditions go, absolutely (I am happy), we're in winter sports for a reason, when it's cold like this it's good, it's a good thing, yeah".
Seoul banned all North Korean ships entering its ports and cut off most inter-Korean exchanges, including tourism, trade and aid, in 2010 in the wake of a torpedo attack on a South Korean navy warship that killed 46 sailors.
"If North Korea puts something substantive on the table it's going to be tempting", he said.
Some observers in South Korea have suggested the North has embedded security agents in its IOC-accredited delegation by giving them positions as officials or journalists. It is also a fresh sign of a thaw in inter-Korean relations after months of tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes. The ship now chiefly operates between North Korea and Russian Federation.
Some 900 military soldiers have now stepped in to cover security duties while guards are tested.