U.S. vows new North Korea sanctions ahead of Olympics face-off

Posted February 08, 2018

A statement from Pence's office Wednesday read: "The Vice President's office did not reach out to set up a conversation with Mr. Rippon".

"You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?"

While serving as governor of Indiana, Pence signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015 which permitted businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of religious freedom.

In an interview with The Post last month, Rippon said speaking out against Pence is "a no-brainer" and called his track record in LGBT rights "terrible".

In 2009 he voted against a bill to expand the definition of "hate crime" to cover "prejudice based on national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity".

Vice President Mike Pence's office and the White House have denied claims that gay figure skater Adam Rippon rejected an invitation to meet with Pence in protest against the VP's stance on homosexuality, arguing the invitation was never made in the first place.

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"We'll be ensuring that whatever cooperation that's existing between North and South Korea today on Olympic teams does not cloud the reality of a regime that must continue to be isolated by the world community", Pence told reporters Monday.

'I'm trying to train for the biggest competition of my life.

All sides, not just the two Koreas, needed to work hard and dialogue between the United States and North Korea should be expanded for this to happen, Wang said.

Pence said the United States had not requested talks with North Korean officials, but left open the possibility of some contact.

US Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon rejected the chance to speak with vice president Mike Pence.

"The support that I've gotten from people in my hometown has kind of been overwhelming", he said.

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Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in South Korea, looking to push the USA ally to adopt a more hawkish stance toward North Korea ahead of the Winter Olympics.

"I'm going watch as much as I can see", she said at the 2018 MAKERS Conference.

He also slammed Pence's highly-publicized involvement in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Since then the North has agreed to take part in the South's Winter Olympics with a combined women's ice hockey team from both sides, and Kim Yo Jong, the 28-year-old sister of the North Korean leader, will attend the opening ceremony.

"If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren't a friend of a gay person but that they think that they're sick". "I wouldn't go out of my way to meet somebody like that".

Following Rippon's remarks, Pence scrambled to set up a meeting with the Olympian, and Pence's press secretary issued a rebuttal saying Rippon's comment "has no basis in fact".

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