"The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization", Pence was quoted as saying. "But if you want to talk, we'll talk". The Korean news service Yonhap News Agency reported that spectators who purchased tickets to Olympic events were unable to print their reservations until the site came back online Saturday morning.
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Pence and his wife were spotted sitting adjacent to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, during the opening ceremony of the games.
So those guys are clearly not Kim Jong Un and Trump.
During Pence's visit, Moon assured the vice president he would tell the North Koreans clearly that they would not get economic or diplomatic concessions for just talking, only for taking concrete steps toward denuclearization, the newspaper said.
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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pence, who was in South Korea for the Olympics, has said the United States and South Korea were closely aligned in their approach to dealing with North Korea.
The report also highlighted the joint entry by the two teams of the DPRK and South Korea into the stadium.
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"It is too early to say if. using the Olympics in a way to reduce tensions, if that is going to have any traction once the Olympics are over, we can't say right now", Mattis said.
If the inter-Korean meeting at the highest level is to be convened in Pyongyang, it would be the first in a decade following the ones in 2000 and 2007, held in the North's capital during the years of the so-called "Sunshine Policy", which marked the closest relations to date between the two countries.
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