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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, second from right, speaks with an officer of the Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force as he inspects a PAC-3 interceptor missile system with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, second from left, at Defense Ministry in Tokyo Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, second from right, speaks with an officer of the Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force as he inspects a PAC-3 interceptor missile system with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, second from left, at Defense Ministry in Tokyo Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (Toru Hanai/Pool Photo via AP)

Vice President Mike Pence spent part of his trip to Asia speaking to troops at Yokota Air Base in Western Tokyo on Thursday.

The vice president’s trip, which included a stop in Alaska on Monday to tour missile-defense facilities, comes amid concerns that Pyongyang will use the games for propaganda purposes. In a Tuesday tweet, Pence said he wants to “ensure N Korea doesn’t use the Olympics to paper over the truth about their regime which oppresses its own people & threatens other nations."

Pence is scheduled to lead the U.S. delegation during Friday’s opening ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.


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