Vice President Mike Pence was seen not standing when the joint Korean delegation entered at the Winter Olympics opening ceremonies.
While the Vice President was at the games as the leader of the U.S delegation, he was seated next South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. According to the Associated Press, he only stood for the U.S team, while others around him stood and applauded for the Korean delegation. (NOTE: Athletes from North and South Korea marched under a single flag.)
The North Korean officials included Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong. They were all seated one row behind Pence. This comes after Pence briefly attended an Olympic reception on Thursday. Here he shook hands with all heads of state, but skipped North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam.
The Vice President was meant to be seated across from the North Korean head of state at the dinner, but he was reportedly late and was not able to be seated.
The Winter Olympics have helped ease the tensions between North and South Korea. Pence has stated that he is open to meeting with North Korean officials during his visit to the Olympics.