>> North Korea won't be talking to the US on the Olympics sidelines. But according to a state media reporter on Thursday, shutting down hopes that the games will set stage for softer relations have made a tense standoff over the North nuclear program. US Vice President Mike Pence flew to South Korea on Thursday.
He's followed the day later by Kim Jong-un's sister, who will fly to Pyeongchang with an entourage of senior officials. Among other world leaders, both sides will be at the opening ceremony. Pence says the US has left the possibility of contact open, even though neither side has requested talks.
However, on Wednesday in Japan, he described Pyeongchang as the world's most tyrannical regime. And told Japan's leader, Washington will soon unveil the quote "toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever." That, after threats back and forth of nuclear war between the North and President Trump.
>> We will continue to intensify this maximum pressure campaign on North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile program once and for all.>> South Korea is taking a different tact during the game. The south's president, Moon Jae-in, will meet the north's delegation on Saturday at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul.
It will be the first time a member of the Kim family has entered the building, let alone crossed into the south.