The White House said Wednesday that Pence will attend the opening ceremonies of the games, scheduled for February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has said he opposed inviting the North Korean delegation to the Games. The North has yet to respond to that offer as well.
Separately, the International Olympic Committee has proposed a meeting on January 20 at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, involving the rival Koreas to discuss North Korea's participation in Pyeongchang. In 1991, they joined forces at the World Table Tennis championships and the football under-20 World Cup.
The South has also offered to combine with the North for the opening and closing ceremonies, with the two countries marching together under a unified flag.
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Instead, the South Korean authorities are expected to seek permission to expand the size of its squad from the existing 23 players to 35.
January 10, 2018 (EIRNS)-The North and South Korean delegations issued a joint statement after yesterday's meeting in Panmunjom.
Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence will lead the USA delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
It isn't clear which North Korean athletes will take advantage of wildcard entries reportedly under consideration by the IOC.