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Mike Pence won’t allow North Korea to “hijack” messaging at Winter Olympics

When it was announced that North and South Korea would march as one under the same flag for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, there was slight hope that the move could potentially lead to peace talks and a deescalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence will do everything he can to remind people that North Korea is “the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet,” and not allow people to fall for the regime’s “charade.”

Pence will lead the White House delegation to the Winter Olympics this week and will attempt to dissuade any normalization of North Korea, multiple sources close to Pence told Axios.

“The Vice President will remind the world that everything the North Koreans do at the Olympics is a charade to cover up the fact that they are the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet,” a Pence aide said. “At every opportunity, the V.P. will point out the reality of the oppression in North Korea by a regime that has enslaved its people. We will not allow North Korea’s propaganda to hijack the messaging of the Olympics.”

The source added, “We are seeing unprecedented level of international cooperation on the maximum pressure strategy targeting the Kim [Jong-un] regime, and the Vice President will make clear that this maximum pressure campaign will only intensify.”

“North Korea wants to make this about cute photo ops. The Vice President is countering North Korea’s desire to control the message,” another source told Axios. “We’re not going to cede two weeks of world media to North Korea.”

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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