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Pence Hints At 'Toughest' Economic Sanctions Yet Against North Korea Soon, 'toughest ever' US sanctions on N Korea
Sherri Watson | 09 February, 2018, 01:48

Nevertheless, according to state news agency KCNA, the North has no intention of meeting U.S. officials during the Games - but did not rule it out either.

That set off a rapid series of meetings which saw the two Koreas agree to march together at the opening ceremony and form a unified women's ice hockey team, their first for 27 years.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will also be attending this Friday's PyeongChang 2018 opening ceremony along with North Korea's delegates.

The delegation is made up mostly of a 229-member cheer squad, along with 26 taekwondo performers, 21 journalists and four North Korean Olympics committee members.

The South's Yonhap news agency said Kim Yo Jong is highly likely to deliver a personal message from her brother to Moon.

Meanwhile, North Korea says it has no plans for talks with USA officials during the Games, Reuters reports, citing state media - "dampening hopes the Games will help resolve a tense stand-off" over nuclear weapons.

The younger sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is also heading to the Olympics. "And we will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Japan, the people of South Korea, and our allies and partners across the region until we achieve the global objective of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", Pence said during his meeting with Abe.

The fact that Pyongyang is sending Kim Yo Jong, who is a senior North Korean official, to South Korea is another sign that tensions between the two countries may be thawing.

Pence, who has described North Korea as the world's most tyrannical regime, revealed he had not sought to speak to its delegation although he left the door open to some interaction.

South Korea will host many foreign dignitaries during the Games, including U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

While Choe is the only member of the North Korean delegation blacklisted by the Security Council, South Korea asked the sanctions committee for broad approval to host the entire high-level delegation from Pyongyang between February 9 and 11, according to the request seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Mr Pence watched Japanese troops demonstrate the simulated deployment of Japan's surface-to-air missile defence system, which would attempt to intercept a North Korean missile.