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Vice President Mike Pence will lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February, a White House report confirmed Wednesday.
Pence will also travel to Alaska, where he is expected to review the missile defense system, as well as to Japan.
The vice president's presence is meant to help “reinforce the strong U.S. presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear signal to the North Korean regime,” an aide familiar with the matter told IJR.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have relaxed somewhat of late, as North Korean officials met recently with South Korean leaders and agreed to send a delegation of athletes. It was also reported the two sides agreed to hold talks prior to the Olympics, a turn of events for which South Korean President Moon Jae-in said President Donald Trump deserved credit.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday the United States's full delegation would be announced in a matter of days.
The Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang from Feb. 9-25.
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