US Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Earlier Friday morning (9/2), Pence visited the 2nd South Korean Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek , 70 kilometers south of Seoul, to visit the memorial memorial for the South Korean Cheonan warship, which was drowned in a blast by North Korea. The explosion killed nearly 50 Cheonan crew
"Our goal here now is to stand together with our allies. But this is also to uphold the truth. And to understand that whatever image may come with strong Olympic background and ideals, North Korea must accept change, "Pence told reporters at a South Korean naval base before heading to the Olympic site.
North Korea must abandon its nuclear ambitions they ended the days of provocation and threat, and seriously ended his dire human rights record, Pence continued.
The Vice President of Pence also met with a number of North Korean defectors while in Pyeongtaek.
US officials do not rule out the possibility of Pence meeting a North Korean official at this Olympics. North Korea's government media on Thursday said there was no intention on their part to hold such talks.
Pence says his team did not ask for a meeting, but if this happens, he will continue his message that North Korea should completely abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and will continue to press until the country does so. [uh]