North Korea sent Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, to the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in South Korea to serve as the country’s leadership representative.
Vice President Mike Pence, who also attended the ceremonies, was seated in front of Kim Yo Jong (shown above) in the stands, and he had an epic response to her presence.
Pence, who knew ahead of time that Jong would be there, threw some serious shade her way, refusing to acknowledge her presence, even as he greeted and interacted with other world leaders in the VIP section where they sat. Even though Jong sat behind Pence and his wife Karen, just a few feet away, Pence never turned to make eye contact or greet her.
Jong and her family live a luxurious life in North Korea, as its citizens live in extreme poverty. Many starve to death because of the lack of food. Many others, including some in Jong’s immediate family, have been executed by her brother.
Pence is also likely thinking of Otto Warmbier, the American student jailed by North Korea and mistreated so badly that he died shortly after being released.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister was seen enjoying the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea sitting right behind U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence was in no mood to trifle, however: He told the ‘Today’ show that while America is pushing to pause button on military action in the region, President Donald Trump is prepared to defend the United States while Olympic medals are being passed out.
Kim Yo Jong had taken her seat just feet away from the Vice President, behind his wife Karen Pence, after shaking the hand of South Korean President Moon Jae-in as they entered the stadium for the event.
A White House official says Pence and Kim Jong Un did not interact despite being seated just feet apart.
The vice president and his wife also noticeably remained seated while everyone around them got to their feet to applaud the moment both North and South Korea teams walked into the stadium together. A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Pence stood only for the U.S. team.
Despite heightened tensions between the Koreas in recent years, the two countries decided to use the Olympics as a moment to celebrate peace and what unites the two countries. Athletes from North and South paraded together for the first time in 11 years, flying their flag which was white with the blue Korean peninsula in the middle. The last time they marched together was the 2000 Sydney Olympics.