Washington has pursued a strategy of exerting maximum pressure on Pyongyang through tough sanctions and harsh rhetoric, demanding it give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons first for any dialogue to occur. "But best global practice says that you don't talk about an attack".
"There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear ballistic missile program", Pence said, adding that he was "encouraged" by his talks with the South Korean President.
Vice President Mike Pence, who was visiting South Korea for the Olympics, has used increasingly hostile language against the North in recent days, calling it the most tyrannical regime on the planet and steadfastly avoiding interactions with North Korean delegates at the Games.
So those guys are clearly not Kim Jong Un and Trump.
Protesters march in downtown Seoul to criticize North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in who they believe is too soft on Pyongyang, on February 10, 2018.
Pence: Allies remain united on N. Korea
Security Council resolutions as it pursues its goal of developing a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the United States. Kim's presence at the Olympics has presented people in South Korea and beyond with something new to know about North Korea.
While he was in South Korea, Pence opted to ignore the North Koreans but didn't avoid meeting with them, the official said.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The report also highlighted the joint entry by the two teams of the DPRK and South Korea into the stadium.
"We will try our hardest to win more glory in Pyeongchang, but we are still a newcomer with a relatively weak foundation in many winter sports compared with global powers", said Gao Zhidan, deputy head of the Chinese delegation and a deputy director of the General Administration of Sport of China.
Choo Mi-ae, the leader of the ruling Democratic or Minjoo Party, will be attending the first performance of the North Korean musicians in Gangneung, one of the two cities hosting the Olympics in Gangwon Province.