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Pence leaves S. Korea after three-day visit

2018/02/10 23:55

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SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence wrapped up his three-day visit to South Korea late Saturday, dashing expectations that there could be some high-level interactions between Washington and Pyongyang on the sidelines of the PyeongChang Olympics.

He left for the U.S. with his wife on board a chartered plane from Osan air base in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (C) and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence watch short track speed skating events at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Feb. 10, 2018. (Yonhap) South Korean President Moon Jae-in (C) and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence watch short track speed skating events at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Feb. 10, 2018. (Yonhap)

Pence arrived in the country on Thursday, leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympics. He was accompanied by the father of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. college student who was detained in North Korea and died shortly after being sent home in a coma last year.

On Friday, he met with North Korean defectors and visited a memorial where the wreckage of a South Korean warship torpedoed by North Korea is displayed.

Later in the day. Pence avoided North Korean titular head of state Kim Young-nam at a reception dinner hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. He came to the event late and stayed for only a few minutes before heading off for a dinner with U.S. athletes.

On Saturday evening, Pence watched short track speed skating events at Gangneung Ice Arena, alongside President Moon.

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