Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen were seated directly in front of the North Korean delegation, including Kim Jong Un's sister, at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, but had no interaction with the North Koreans.
Vice President Mike Pence is sitting only a few feet away from Kim Yo Jong, who is the very powerful sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un during the winter Olympics #OpeningCeremony in South Korea. The two don't appear to have spoken to each other. pic.twitter.com/ZyZwFYou1W— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) February 9, 2018
Sitting just a few feet away at the opposite corner of the box from the vice president were Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, and North Korean Prime Minsiter Kim Young-Nam.
The vice president's office cited "no interaction" between the Pences and North Koreans at the ceremony.
The Pences sat in a box with six other people. The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and his wife, were to the right of the U.S. couple, while South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife were positioned behind the Pences, who wore red, white, and blue USA jackets.
Team USA marched into the stadium to the tune of "Gangnam Style." Pence stood for the introduction of the American team, but not at any other time during the festivities.