South Korea presented on Wednesday a request to the council's sanctions committee for an exemption to the travel ban imposed on Choe Hwi, chairman of North Korea's National Sports Guidance Committee.
During the parade, it displayed the Hwasong-14 and -15 intercontinental ballistic missiles that are thought capable of reaching the USA mainland.
Pence declined to offer specifics on exactly what the new package of sanctions would consist of. US officials fear that after a year of increasingly provocative missile and nuclear tests, Kim Jong Un may be on a charm offensive to undermine worldwide sanctions that have begun biting his isolated country. Such entangling relationships can never be in our own interests.
And Pence's personal guest at the games will be Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American who died previous year days after his release from captivity in North Korea.
She is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony on Friday before joining the lunch meeting.
Since her return to North Korea, she is said to have been prepared for a leadership role by her aunt, Kim Kyong Hui.
Pence will head the US government delegation visiting the Olympics' opening ceremony at Pyeongchang, South Korea. In 2000, her father, Kim Jong Il, held a summit meeting in North Korea with Kim Dae-jung, then South Korea's president, but did not keep his promise to visit for a second meeting.
U.S. President Donald Trump was credited by South Korean officials with spurring the talks through his tough stance on the communist North. In addition to showing support for our US athletes, the Vice President will show his confidence in and appreciation for our USA military stationed in the region.
It will be the first time North Korea has attended an Olympics in the South, after they boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul.
Pence, who will lead the US delegation to the games' opening ceremonies on Friday, met Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to press for a more clear-eyed approach toward the nuclear-armed neighbour to the north. Moon has looked at the games as an opportunity to pursue a diplomatic opening with North Korea - a move the vice-president cautioned against.
Choe was sanctioned in June a year ago as a senior director of the propaganda and agitation department of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.
Sol Ju and ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam - who will head Pyongyang´s delegation to the Olympics on Friday. A North Korean Foreign Ministry official seemed to rule out a potential meeting with USA officials in the North's state-run media on Thursday, but Pence suggested to reporters that it was still a possibility. "We will have to wait and see exactly how that unfolds", he said.
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