Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump is expected to head up the USA presidential delegation attending the closing ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this weekend, the White House announced Wednesday.
North Korea dispatched a high-level delegation that included its ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam and Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of the North's leader Kim Jong-un, from February 9-11 to attend the Olympics' opening ceremony.
Moon's office said on Wednesday in Seoul that it had "nothing to share or comment" regarding the Trump administration's comments.
Still, his visit signals that the nations are trying to improve inter-Korea relations.
North Korea will send a high-ranking official accused of plotting several attacks on South Korea to lead its delegation at Sunday's Winter Olympics closing ceremony in the South.
Using money from the Inter-Korean Cooperation Fund (IKCF), South Korea spent KRW130 million (USD$120,900) on accommodation for the delegation at the five-star Grand Walkerhill hotel in Seoul, KRW50 million (USD$46,245) on transportation, and an additional KRW50 million on meals.
North Korea announced through its state-run media the day Pence arrived in Seoul that it had no intention of meeting him during the games.
North Korea sent almost 500 people, including athletes, musicians and cheerleaders, to the PyeongChang Games and will send a 150-member delegation to the March 9-18 Paralympics.
"There is no official opportunity for them to meet", the official said. "So, there will be no immediate contact this time".
That man, according to CNN's Taehoon Lee, is Kim Yong-chol, the Vice Chairman of the Party Central Committee.
The money represented the largest amount spent on the North's participation in an worldwide sports event hosted by the South, despite the DPRK sending larger delegations in the past.
The group will also include Ri Son-gwon, president of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, who led the representation of the North on January 9 in the first bilateral talks held in two years.
That seemed to contradict North Korea's own claim that it had no interest in meeting with Pence while he was in Pyeongchang.
"A lot of people would have been happy" had Pence had the opportunity to deliver that message during the meeting, Nauert added. "If they asked for a meeting, we would meet".
Pence went on to explain that "the United States government has sanctioned" Kim Yo Jong due to "her role in abetting North Korea's horrendous human rights abuses and crimes against humanity".
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Sen. Risch, a member of the US delegation, also maintains a hardline position toward the North. He claimed after he returned to the United States that he had meant to meet the North Koreans, but said the North pulled out at the last minute.