The Latest: Pence in Japan to boost pressure on North Korea

In this Feb. 1, 2018, photo, Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Republican National Committee (RNC) Winter Meeting in Washington. Credit Pence with good timing when it comes to trying to avoid political messes. Another government shutdown looms at week's end and the Russia investigation is grabbing headlines, but the vice president will be at the Olympics in South Korea. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Vice President Mike Pence addresses the media before a briefing on missile defense with Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Gen. Lori J. Robinson, Commander, United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, at Joint Base Elemendord-Richardson, Alaska, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Zeke Miller

TOKYO — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence (all times local):

9:35 p.m.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Japan on the second stop of his Asia swing that he says will boost pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program during the Winter Olympic games in the South.

In Japan, Pence says he will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to show "solidarity," in the face of the North Korean threat and with U.S. service members who would be among the first to respond to a crisis.

Pence departs for South Korea Thursday, where he will meet with President Moon Jae-in and attend the opening of the games Friday night.

Pence says he wants to help "make sure that North Korea doesn't use the powerful symbolism and the backdrop of the Winter Olympics to paper over the truth about their regime."

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8:30 p.m.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has not ruled out the possibility of meeting with North Korean officials at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea.

Pence spoke before departing Monday for a six-day swing through Asia that will be highlighted by his stop at the Pyeongchang Games. He says no plans have been made for him to meet with any members of the North Korean delegation.

North Korea is sending its nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam — the highest-level visitor to the South from the North in recent memory.

Pence says he hasn't requested any meeting "but we'll see what happens."

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