As VIP leaders at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics rose to their feet to welcome a joint Korean team under a unified flag, the stone-faced vice-president remained seated, just a few feet from Kim Jong-un's clapping sister.
Murphy wasn't the only one to note Pence had condemned NFL players for kneeling in protest during the national anthem.
Kim Yong Nam, delegation leader and North Korea's ceremonial head of state, said he shed tears three times during the performance, telling President Moon: "I return with the hope that we will meet again, having created a momentum and opportunity for frequent revisits and exchanged views with the president". The delegation includes the North Korean ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, who has attended different worldwide games before, and Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's younger sister.
Kim Yo-jong, the North Korean leader's sister, hand-delivered the letter to Moon as the North Korean delegation met with southern officials.
In response, Pence's press secretary, Alyssa Farah, said only, "The Vice President is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions".
Vice President Mike Pence said in a newspaper interview the United States and South Korea had agreed on terms for further diplomatic engagement with North Korea, first with Seoul and then possibly leading to direct talks with Washington without pre-conditions. Over lunch, Moon also said, "U.S".
The ministry noted that for the first time since the division of the Korean Peninsula, the North's nominal head of state and a member of the North's Kim family set foot in South Korea. Some burned North Korean flags and photos of Kim Jong Un at the rally.
The North Korean leader shows no sign of budging on his nuclear program, having conducted four nuclear tests since he took power in 2012 and nearly perfecting an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental U.S.
Now, South Korea's allies must decide whether to stand back and allow Moon to pursue his policies of reconciliation, or put the screws back on to Pyongyang.
"It is too early to say if. using the Olympics in a way to reduce tensions, if that is going to have any traction once the Olympics are over, we can't say right now", Mattis said.