"We're going to find out how it goes". "I think we'll see perhaps a return to that magical 1980 feel if the USA team can become one that makes a run in the tournament, because we'll have a lot of college players involved, which is the real essence of that "Miracle on Ice" team".
"A couple weeks afterwards, the vice president came to the Pentagon and we briefed him on the exact same brief that the chairman and I did", Mattis said.
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 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics will be held between March 8 to 18.
He said that whenever the drills took place "the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula were gravely threatened and the inter-Korean mistrust and confrontation reached the top, thus creating great difficulties and obstacles ahead of hard-won dialogues".
"We will make every effort to improve inter-Korean relations in future, too, but never sit idle with regard to sinister act of throwing a wet blanket over our efforts".
The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Ri Sol Ju, was part of a cheering group that visited in 2005 during the Asian Athletics Championships in Incheon.
U.S. President Donald Trump on February 2 was slated to meet with a group of defectors from North Korea, just days after the emotionally-stirring appearance of defector Ji Seong-Ho at the State of the Union address.
United States President Donald Trump wished his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in for the successful conduct of winter games.
Trump's administration has warned that all options are on the table, including military ones, to resolve the crisis.
Pyongyang continued the heated war of words between the two nations on Sunday, claiming its nuclear capabilities would "deter Trump and his lackeys from showing off on the Korean peninsula".
Moon is known to be hoping that the US and North Korea could hold talks in the South when their high-ranking officials visit here.
Pence will conduct media interviews during his visit to South Korea, the official said.
UP TO SPEED: In Seoul, Sohn Ji-young reported South Korea's KT, an official telecom partner for the PyeongChang Games, announced its ultra-fast 5G network is "fully deployed and ready for use" during the event.
The two are expected to meet for 45 minutes in a hotel near the venue.