But his embrace of North Korean defectors could enrage the regime as much as any verbal barbs.
The athletes were flown into Gangneung, near Pyeongchang, on Friday and driven straight to the athletes' village.
"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. The theme of the opening ceremony is peace, giving us a break from recent charged up rhetoric regarding the region-fitting for an event in which South Korea and North Korea have agreed to march under one flag, as well as present a united women's ice hockey team.
Defense Secretary James Mattis has scoffed at a New York Times story that claims the National Security Council does not feel the Pentagon has provided President Trump with robust military options to counter North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Trump has repeatedly threatened North Korea with military action, using phrases such as "fire and fury", while Pyongyang threatened to strike US military bases in Guam and claimed that its rockets can reach anywhere within the entire USA mainland.
The joint North and South Korean ice hockey team lost 3-1 on their debut in a friendly with Sweden.
On Sunday night, the North sent a message via a cross-border communication channel saying its high-level delegation will visit South Korea from February 9-11, the South's Unification Ministry said.
Exxon to step up oil production in NM's Permian Basin
Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 187,663 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,645,464.31. Analysts are projecting Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM ) to grow at an accelerated rate over the next five years.
The North is also sending hundreds of delegates, cheerleaders and performers.
Figures obtained from the IOC and other global federations show that between September and December, only one test was carried out on a North Korean athlete in hockey, while no tests were done at all in skiing or skating.
"They would rather die than be repatriated to North Korea and suffer a terrible punishment for the rest of their lives", Lee has written in her prepared remarks to the president, according to the Post.
Another volunteer, Choi Sangyoung, said he hopes the Olympics will help ease animosities between the rivals and lead them in a "peaceful and good" direction.
During yesterday's call, Trump wished Moon and the Korean people a successful Winter Olympic Games.
Pence will conduct media interviews during his visit to South Korea, the official said.
On another front, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced last Friday that it has invited North Korea's National Paralympic Committee to participate in its first Paralympic Winter Games, and offered two bipartite slots to North Korean athletes to compete in Para Nordic skiing. All of the Olympic ice events including hockey, skating and curling will be held in the city.
- Flu shots recommended as season has yet to hit peak
- Everton fans delighted with defender vs Leicester: "Absolute legend", "What a man"
- Why polar bears are starving?
- Trump delivers remarks at the GOP retreat
- Afghan president vows new security plan for Kabul
- Darren Osborne: Finsbury Park mosque terrorist jailed for life
- Pep Guardiola Coy on Riyad Mahrez Talk, Everton Reportedly Want Eliaquim Mangala
- Kansas City Chiefs players make it clear they'll miss Alex Smith
- Rapper DMX Jailed After Failing Drug Arrests
- Leicester City boss Claude Puel: 'Tough to manage Riyad Mahrez situation'