Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, sat in front of two members of the North Korean delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday evening.
According to the vice president's office, there was “no interaction” by the couple with North Korean Foreign Minister Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.
The vice president was also seated near Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who shook hands with the North Korean leader's sister.
Kim Yo Jong is the first member of Kim's family to travel to South Korea since the Korean War, according to the Associated Press.
Kim Yo-jong shakes hands with President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games #OlympicTruce #Olympics@pyeongchang2018 pic.twitter.com/l1z3FaAh6X
— Olympics (@Olympics) February 9, 2018
Her arrival comes one day after North Korea held a military parade displaying its intercontinental ballistic missiles, after which Kim Jong Un in a speech called his nation a “global military power.”
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