Pence won’t hes­i­tate to crit­i­cize North Korea at Olympics says aide

Journal Pioneer - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — An aide says Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence won’t hes­i­tate to crit­i­cize North Korea when he at­tends next month’s Win­ter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pence’s deputy chief of staff, Jar­rod Agen, said Tues­day: ``No mat­ter the cir­cum­stances or oc­ca­sion, the Vice-Pres­i­dent will not hes­i­tate to speak out against North Korea when they are be­ing dis­hon­est or de­cep­tive in their prac­tices and provo­ca­tions against free­dom.’’ The state­ment came in re­sponse to one by the am­bas­sador for North Korea’s mis­sion to the United Na­tions. Pak Song Il told the Wash­ing­ton Post on Mon­day that Pence’s visit ``only shows how weak their mo­tives are and how shame­ful their ways of think­ing are.’’

Aides to Pence have cast his visit as an at­tempt to en­sure the North doesn’t ``hi­jack the mes­sag­ing’’ at the games.

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