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PyeongChang games

Pence gives Kim’s sister cold shoulder during Winter Olympics' opening ceremony

| Updated: February 11, 2018 12:32:07


Vice President Mike Pence, bottom, watches the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Seated behind Pence are Kim Yo Jong, top right, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. –AP Photo Vice President Mike Pence, bottom, watches the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Seated behind Pence are Kim Yo Jong, top right, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. –AP Photo

US Vice President Pence dismissed gave North Korea a cold shoulder during the opening ceremony at Winter Olympics on Friday in PyeongChang.

The opening ceremony marks the historical handshake among the two Koreas.

Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in were introduced by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach before shaking hands with each other and other world leaders.

The pair then sat down just a few seats away from Pence, but Pence and Kim Yo Jong did not interact nor appear to look at each other, says Fox News.

Earlier, at a VIP reception before the ceremony, Pence went around a table and shook hands with all the dignitaries except Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's 90-year-old nominal head of state.

Pence stood to cheer Team USA when they entered the stadium in PyeongChang, but left before the unified Korean team marched in, the New York Times reported.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of Kim’s family to travel to South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War, according to the Associated Press.

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