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US vows new North Korea sanctions ahead of Olympics face-off

Pence, who reached Tokyo on Tuesday, is scheduled to attend the Winter Olympics' Opening Ceremony in South Korea on Friday

ANI  |  Tokyo 

Mike Pence
US Vice President Mike Pence

United States Vice President on Wednesday said that is planning to impose "toughest and most aggressive" sanctions against

"Together with Japan, and all our allies, we will continue to intensify our maximum pressure campaign until takes concrete steps toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization," CNN quoted Pence as saying.

Pence, who reached on Tuesday, is scheduled to attend the Winter Olympics' Opening Ceremony in on Friday.

The US Vice President further said that the purpose of his trip was to "make sure that doesn't use the powerful symbolism and the backdrop of the to paper over the truth about their regime."

has never participated in an Olympic Games in Seoul, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988 was boycotted by North Korea.

Also, the two countries have never had a unified team in any sport at the Olympics before.

However, the two Koreas competed at the world table tennis championships and the world youth football championships as one country in 1991.

North and have agreed to field a joint women's ice hockey team and march together under a unified Korea flag at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang

The two Koreas also agreed to hold a joint cultural event at on the North Korean east coast before

Also, a joint training will be conducted among the ski athletes at Masikryong Ski Resort in North Korea.

The is scheduled to take place at South Korea's Pyeongchang from February 9-25.

The development between the two countries has brought some ease to their strained relations.

The two sides have also agreed to hold military talks to resolve border issues.

First Published: Wed, February 07 2018. 22:54 IST