Vice President Mike Pence (second from bottom right) sits between second lady Karen Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday. Seated behind Pence are Kim Yong Nam (third from top right), president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and Kim Yo Jong (second from top right), sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Vice President Mike Pence (second from bottom right) sits between second lady Karen Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday. Seated behind Pence are Kim Yong Nam (third from top right), president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and Kim Yo Jong (second from top right), sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

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