SEVERE WX : Flood Warning View Alerts

Pence doesn't rule out talks with North Korea at Olympics

US Vice President Mike Pence has not discounted the possibility of meetings with North Korean representatives on the ...

Posted: Feb 6, 2018 12:55 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2018 12:56 PM

US Vice President Mike Pence has not discounted the possibility of meetings with North Korean representatives on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics, where he will officially represent the US.

When asked by reporters at a stop at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, Pence stopped short of ruling out a possible meeting with North Korean officials when he travels to the PyeongChang Games in South Korea later this week.

Pence, Tillerson keep door open for North Korean discussions

Pence to attend Winter Olympics opening ceremony this week

Standing in front of an F-22 fighter jet at the base, Pence said that US President Donald Trump "has said he always believes in talking, but I have not requested any meeting. But we'll see what happens."

Pence is leading the US delegation to the Winter Olympics, which officially opens Friday.

He added that the isolated nation could join the "enter the family of nations" if it abandoned its nuclear ambitions.

"North Korea can have a better future than the militaristic path, the path of provocation and confrontation that it's on. Better for its own people, better for the region, and better for peace."

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the US top diplomat, also didn't dismiss the possibility of a meeting with Pyongyang officials.

Asked at a press conference in Peru whether US officials might meet with North Korea officials on the sidelines of the Olympics, Tillerson said: "We'll just see."

The father of the late Otto Warmbier, an American student who was jailed in North Korea, will attend the Olympic opening ceremony in Pyeongchang a as a guest of Pence.

US and North Korea's political games threaten to overshadow the Olympics

'Peace Olympics' as diplomacy

Amid increasingly hostile rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington, the Winter Games have provided a rare bright spot in diplomatic relations with North Korea.

The thaw began when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offered rare olive branch to South Korea during a New Year speech, declaring his wish "for peaceful resolution with our southern border" -- a gesture which was followed by a joint US-South Korean decision in January to suspend annual joint military drills during the Games.

Pyongyang then reached out to its neighbor to the south, reactivating a cross-border hotline which had lain dormant for almost two years.

In January, Pyongyang reached out to its neighbor to the south, reactivating a cross-border hotline which had lain dormant for almost two years. a joint US-South Korean decision in January to suspend annual joint military drills during the Games,

Swiftly organized talks between the two nations, which have technically been at war since the 1950s, led to North Korean athletes' inclusion in the Games.

Two North Korean figure skaters will take part on a wild card ticket, and the two Koreas will field a joint women's ice hockey team, which held an exhibition match against Sweden on Sunday.

Additional North Korean cultural displays will also form part of the Olympic program, and Kim Yong Nam, the head of the country's parliament, will also attend, making him one of the most senior North Korean officials to ever visit South Korea..

Behind the recent detente, however, the reclusive Asian nation is continuing to develop -- and show off -- its nuclear weapons program.

Lafayette
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 44°
Kokomo
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 36°
Rensselaer
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 32°
Lafayette
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 44°
Danville
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 37°
Frankfort
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 37°
Frankfort
Partly Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 37°
Monticello
Partly Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 36°
Monticello
Clear
40° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 36°
Logansport
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 37°
Warmer, wetter, stormy pattern ahead.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 662750

Reported Deaths: 12623
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion907691647
Lake48461880
Allen35897638
Hamilton32121398
St. Joseph30032513
Elkhart25403417
Vanderburgh21261379
Tippecanoe20050203
Johnson16362360
Porter15987270
Hendricks15835300
Clark11976181
Madison11756319
Vigo11625230
Monroe10343163
Delaware9842179
LaPorte9778197
Howard9059198
Kosciusko8567111
Bartholomew7464147
Warrick7422151
Hancock7409132
Floyd7217170
Wayne6640192
Grant6432157
Boone610088
Morgan6096125
Dubois5916111
Dearborn548368
Cass545099
Marshall5427104
Henry542593
Noble509778
Jackson465067
Shelby460790
Lawrence4186113
Gibson401381
Harrison400464
Clinton396153
Montgomery387283
DeKalb385878
Miami357563
Knox357485
Whitley349537
Huntington345777
Steuben338855
Wabash331876
Putnam330559
Ripley327162
Adams323549
Jasper316643
White297352
Jefferson295074
Daviess285496
Fayette271956
Decatur270988
Greene261580
Posey261231
Wells258375
Scott250850
Clay241644
LaGrange240970
Randolph225476
Spencer218030
Jennings215344
Washington211627
Sullivan203339
Fountain201642
Starke188251
Owen182353
Fulton179037
Jay177928
Carroll176518
Perry173235
Orange171250
Rush165122
Vermillion160842
Franklin159435
Tipton146741
Parke139316
Pike127832
Blackford120627
Pulaski106644
Newton96532
Brown95139
Benton92213
Crawford90713
Martin80114
Warren75814
Switzerland7548
Union67210
Ohio53711
Unassigned0431

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events