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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence unleashed a scathing attack on 'murderous' and 'tyrannical' North Korea during a speech Thursday to the Conservative Political Action Conference, despite his willingness to sit down for direct talks with the communist dictatorship just two weeks ago.
But a Pence spokesman told DailyMail.com after the speech that Pence would hav used the opportunity to take a hard line with the totalitarian state.
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In a red meat-filled address near Washington, Pence recalled the media firestorm that erupted following the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The vice president was pilloried in some media outlets for refusing to stand while the North and South marched as a unified team, and for ignoring despot Kim Jong-Un's sister Kim Yo Jong – who was seated just a few feet away from him.
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Yet he openly courted the idea of a meeting with Pyongyang's emissaries – until the North Koreans walked away.
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Pence spokesman Nick Ayers said at the time that it was the North that 'dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message.'
But he acknowledged that 'they walked away from a meeting' that Pence was willing to entertain.
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On Thursday Pence spokesman Jarrod Agen said it was 'absolutely correct' to say Pence was planning to stare down America's adversary.
'His message – whatever the setting, whoever is present – is the same,' Agen said.
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'He would have delivered the same message privately that he did publicly: sanctions and the maximum pressure campaign will only intensify until the Kim Regime completely, verifiably, and permanently abandons its nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile program.'
The Washington Post reported that Kim's representatives, including his sister, abandoned the get-together within two hours of its scheduled time.
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Yet on Thursday at CPAC, Pence's rhetorical olive branch was...
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