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It's So Cold in Pyeongchang Skis Are Warping

And US-North Korea relations are just as icy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2018 5:25 AM CST

(Newser) – Vice President Mike Pence is in South Korea for the Pyeongchang Olympics—and he's probably not going to be talking to any North Koreans while he's there. Pence, who will be seated just a few feet away from Kim Jong Un's sister during Friday's opening ceremony, says the US delegation is there not just to cheer American athletes, but to "remind people that Pyongyang is the most "tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet," the Guardian reports. "We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games," he says. North Korean officials say their delegation is only there for the Games and they have no intention of meeting the US side. In other Pyeongchang news:

  • Pyongyang parade. In a move unlikely to ease tensions, North Korea held a large military parade in Pyongyang Thursday, just a day before the Games begin. Kim Jong Un was seen inspecting troops at the parade to celebrate the founding of the Korean People's Army, an event usually held in April, the BBC reports.

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