On Friday, February 9, the 2018 Winter Olympics officially kicked off. The Opening Ceremonies took place on Friday night in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Leading up to these Games, there was extreme controversy regarding North Korea's involvement. Many believed that North Korean athletes should not be allowed to participate, due to the ongoing tension with their leader, Kim Jong Un.
In the end, North Korean athletes were allowed to participate. During the Opening Ceremonies, the athletes joined forces with South Korea and walked together.
Last month, the White House revealed that VP Pence would be representing the United States at the Opening Ceremonies. They said that his presence will send a strong message about American's safety as our priority. In addition to the Games, Pence was scheduled to visit a few other countries and hold several meetings, all revolving around the topic of the tension between the U.S. and North Korea.
Now, at least according to the frenzy on the Internet, things are looking a little bit awkward for VP Pence. Earlier this week, it was revealed that one of Kim Jong Un's family members, as well as other North Korean leaders, would attend the 2018 Games.
Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, arrived in South Korea on Friday along with 22 other high officials. According to ABC News, Kim Yo Jong became the first person among the Kim Dynasty to step foot on South Korean land since 1953, the end of the Korean War. Kim Yo Jong is the propaganda director for the ruling Worker’s Party. She has said that she is looking forward to a “peaceful” Winter Games.
Now, that peace will be tested. Based on the seating chart for the Opening Ceremonies, Kim Yo Jong and VP Pence are sitting extremely close to each other. The seating chart placed VP Pence in row 1, just a few seats away from Kim Yo Jong in row 2. Below is the photo of them together.
While Pence and Kim Yo Jong have not indicated any sort of in-person tension yet, the Internet has been squirming over the fact that the two representatives are sitting so close to one another. Several reports have come out about it, wondering what kind of mean side glances the two will make.
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