Meanwhile, Kim's wife Ri Sol-ju took to the reviewing stand along with him, as well as several other top officials including Kim Jong-gak, the newly appointed chief of the military's powerful General Political Bureau, and Kim Yong-nam, the nation's ceremonial head of state who will lead a delegation to the opening ceremony of the Olympics in PyeongChang. With determined rhetoric - and the promise of more "aggressive" economic sanctions against the North - Pence is looking to refocus American allies on the North Korean threat. Once the group wraps up its performance in Gangneung, it will make its way to Seoul to prepare for its second performance this coming Sunday, February 11th before heading back to North Korea.
Pence stopped in Anchorage, Alaska, on Monday to visit missile defense facilities that monitor and could respond to a launch by North Korea.
"We will not allow North Korea to hide behind the Olympic banner the reality that they enslave their people and threaten the wider region", Pence said Wednesday after meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.
Aides say the vice president is advancing a counter message, using the games as an opportunity for the South and the broader worldwide community to exert what President Donald Trump has termed "maximum pressure" against the North.
North Korea did not announce it would carry out a military parade, but the South Korean government said rehearsals were being held at an airfield in Pyongyang, with the mobilization of more than 10,000 troops.
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In Japan, he will meet with Prime Minster Shinzo Abe and USA service members. He has limited room to maneuver as his guest from Washington strongly criticizes the North and emphasizes the need to crank up the pressure campaign.
North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
The U.N. committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea has proposed granting an exemption for Choe, who has been on the U.N. sanctions blacklist since last June.
Following the third ICBM test in November, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared his country had "finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force". Asked if war with North Korea is closer than when Trump took office a year ago, Mattis said US policy is "firmly in the diplomatic lane", as shown by agreement among world powers to increase sanctions.
"We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games", he said.
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"Vice President Pence is quite capable of making the call on that there while he's in (South) Korea", Mr Mattis told reporters when asked if he supports any kind of meeting or communication between the two sides during the Pyeongchang Olympics. He added that the policy is backed by "viable military options". "We should not be blinded by North Korea's smile diplomacy".
Prior to the talks with Abe, Pence inspected at the Defense Ministry a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air missile interceptor system, which is deployed to counter possible ballistic missile attacks from North Korea. Abe added that the USA and Japan are "100 percent on the same page" on North Korean policy.
A man sanitizes his hands at the entrance to the media cafeteria in Gangneung, South Korea, on Wednesday.
A military parade in Pyongyang on Thursday offered a rare glimpse into Kim Jong-un's inner circles in the military and party, with high-ranking officials flanking the North Korean leader on the podium.
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