Pence doesn't rule out meeting North Korean officials
The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence isn't ruling out a meeting with North Korean officials as he prepares to attend the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Pence tells reporters in Anchorage, Alaska, that he hasn't requested such a meeting but adds, "We'll see what happens." The vice president is leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
Pence says that his message will always be the same — that North Korea "must once and for all abandon its nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile ambitions."
Pence is in Alaska on the first stop of a six-day trip designed to increase pressure on North Korea. He'll also be visiting Japan and South Korea.
Pence received a briefing on missile defense with U.S. Northern Command at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.
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