Vice President Pence on Wednesday said that he ignored Kim Jong Un’s sister during last week’s opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics to send a message that the U.S. would stand up to North Korea’s nuclear program and human rights record.
“I didn’t avoid the dictator’s sister, but I did ignore her. I didn’t believe it was proper for the United States of America to give any countenance or attention in that forum to someone who’s not merely the sister of the dictator, but is the leader of the propaganda effort,” Pence said at an Axios event.
Pence and Kim Yo Jong attended the opening ceremonies in PyeongChang, South Korea, and were seated just feet away from one another. However, neither acknowledged the other.