Vice President Mike Pence will be leading the United States into the 2018 Winter Olympics.
On Wednesday, the White House announced Pence and his wife Karen will lead the U.S. delegation at the Winter Olympics which are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The hope for Pence is to send a strong statement to North Korea, which will be participating in the games, according to a release.
According to Jarrod Agen, Pence’s deputy chief of staff, the Vice President is attending the Olympics “to reinforce the strong U.S. presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear message of American resolve to the North Korean regime.”
The U.S. delegations traditionally attend the Opening Ceremony and meet with the athletes while making appearances at events throughout the host city.
The decision comes after North Korea and South Korea have seemingly defused tensions with their communications in recent days.
The Pyeongchang Olympics, which are officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, take place from Feb. 9 through Feb. 25. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the venue appropriately known as Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.