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Report Says VP Was Set to Meet Officials From North Korea. Then This Happened.

The Washington Post's reporting suggests Vice President Mike Pence was just hours away from meeting officials in the Kim Jong-un regime.

By NTK Staff | 02.21.2018 @10:15am
Report Says VP Was Set to Meet Officials From North Korea. Then This Happened.

Vice President Mike Pence was two hours away from meeting with officials from Kim Jong-un’s North Korean regime, including Kim’s sister, but North Korea pulled out of the meeting at the last moment, according to new reporting from The Washington Post.

The Post‘s Ashley Parker scooped:

But on Feb. 10, less than two hours before Pence and his team were to meet with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, North Korea’s nominal head of state, the North Koreans pulled out of the scheduled meeting, according to Pence’s office.

…“North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” said Nick Ayers, the vice president’s chief of staff, who also pointed to the events Pence held to highlight human rights abuses by Pyongyang.

Pence has been the most public face of the administration’s efforts to combat North Korea as of late.

Pence announced tough sanctions against North Korea at the beginning of the month while on a trip to Japan. He then sat mere feet away from Kim Yong Nam, Kim Jong-un’s sister, at the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

It’s unclear still why North Korea pulled out of its meeting with Pence. But if they were hoping to cajole the vice president into a more conciliatory tone towards the North Korean regime, they appear to have miscalculated.

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