The Vice President of the United States has said that he actively made a decision to ignore the sister to the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in South Korea. The president of South Korea Moon Jae In, the Prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and vice-president Pence were all seated just a few yards away from Kim Yo Jong. Ms. Yong was among the leadership of the high-level delegation that had been sent by Kim Jong Un to South Korea for the winter Olympics.
Pence told reporters that it was utterly wrong for anyone who represented the US in the Olympics to give an ounce of attention to someone who was not only the sister to the North Korean leader but also the head of the propaganda effort in a country that has starved and murdered millions of its own citizens. Kim’s sister was the first member of Kim Il Sung’s family to make a trip to South Korea since the end of the Korean war in 1953 which left thousands of Koreans dead and led to the division of the peninsula into two through the 38th parallel. Pence said that one of the main reasons why he decided to ignore Kim Yo Jong is the Pyongyang’s violation of human rights with its prisons crawling with more than 100,000 Koreans who only crime was to have a dissenting voice with Kim Jong Un.
Pence also referred to the brutal murder of Kim’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek and the execution of Kim Jong Nam who was a half-brother to the North Korean leader. Kim Jong Nam by exposure to VX which is a lethal neurotoxin last year in one of the airports in Malaysia. However, diplomats from Pyongyang denied allegations of any involvement in the murder of their leader’s half-brother. Pence added that the North Korean regime had committed human rights violations and war crimes with a magnitude that had never been witnessed in our time.
He said that he used his silence to send a crystal clear message that the citizens of the great country which he served as vice-president were well aware of whom they were dealing with. The Vice President also said the US government would continue to pile pressure on Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear missile program and that Washington would do all within its powers to protect herself and her allies in the region.