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Pence calls on S. Korea to take more hawkish stance on North

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence arrive at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Thursday.

The Associated Press SEOUL (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is pushing South Korea to adopt a more hawkish stance toward the North, as he arrived in the country Thursday ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Pence met with President Moon Jae In to advocate a clear-eyed approach toward his bellicose, nuclear-armed neighbor, warning against North Korean “propaganda” around the Games. Moon has looked to the games as an opportunity to pursue a diplomatic opening with the North — a move Pence will seek to caution against.

Welcoming Pence to the Blue House, Moon took the opportunity to highlight the visit of North Korean officials to the Games, calling them “Olympic Games of peace.” He added his hopes that it becomes “a venue that leads to dialogue for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Pence publicly shied away from criticism of Moon when the pair met Thursday evening, pledging continued support to address the North’s nuclear threat.

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