While relations between North and South Korea have warmed in recent weeks, Vice President Pence is expected to push back against any pro-North Korean media narrative when he leads the USA delegation to the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this week.
A total of 12 players from North Korea will participate alongside 23 from the South in an enlarged squad it what marks the first occasion where the two countries have appeared side by side on the Olympic stage.
The talks between the two Koreas follow a year-long standoff between North Korea and the United States where an exchange of threats between the heads of state elevated tensions and prompted the North's continued missile and nuclear tests. During the 1950-53 Korean War, the USA rulers and their allies failed to conquer the entire peninsula and crush the revolution in the North, despite carpet bombing that destroyed nearly every building there.
"I think North Korea's participation will send out a very strong message of bringing peace through sport".
One must remember that South Korea has a strict national security law, under which even praising North Korea is illegal - an offence which can earn someone seven years in prison.
The North is also sending hundreds of delegates, cheerleaders and performers.
Olympic Athletes will be getting about 37 condoms each when they come to South Korea.
"The Vice President will remind the world that everything the North Koreans do at the Olympics is a charade to cover up the fact that they are the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet", the unnamed aide told the website.
The two Koreas will field a joint women's ice hockey team consisting of players from both North and South Korea. "It's really hard when you have three different languages in one team", she added, referring to the marked differences between the North Korean and South Korean dialects. The other 10 athletes, which includes a figure skating pair, arrived in South Korea on Thursday, donning fur caps with the North Korean flag pinned to their chests.
"If Trump does not get rid of his anachronistic and dogmatic way of thinking, it will only bring about the effect of further endangering security and future of the United States", the official said, in comments carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.
On Saturday, North Korea described the South Korean calls to cancel the military parade a ploy by "wicked, narrow-minded and tricky" politicians who engage with "pro-U.S. flunkeyism".