Vice President Mike Pence was at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and it started off with a tense scare that had thousands of people nervous. The VP of the United States was sitting in front of Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Yo Jong was just feet away from the American Vice President during the Opening Ceremony, and it made people nervous because of what happened last year to Jong-un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, who was assassinated.
The controversy is already underway for the Winter Games and the tension between countries is at an all-time high at the moment. It was only days before Pence arrived in South Korea that North Korea was warned they would be smacked with the “toughest sanctions” if they continued testing nuclear weapons or missiles. Reports suggest that Mike Pence did not stand for North Korea, nor does it appear that he and Yo Jong had spoken. North and South Korea have a joint Olympic team for specific events. Pence, his wife, and others were sitting in a VIP box when this occurred. Pence was able to sit in an area with only Team USA representatives, but he chose to purposely sit in the other location so that North Korea would notice him. It is unknown if Jong-un’s sister was placed there on purpose, but the picture shows her face as not appearing very happy. The man she’s sitting next to has a skeptical look on his face and is looking possibly toward Pence’s direction. Nothing happened yet, but it had some people on the edge of their seat.
Pence has allegedly skipped a dinner that included members of North Korea’s leadership. The tension between America and North Korea can be felt across the water as the 2018 Winter Olympics take place. (more)