Pence spokeswoman on CNN story: ‘Let’s not whitewash North Korea’s record’
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Vice President Pence's spokeswoman on Saturday warned people not to "whitewash North Korea's record" while responding to a CNN story on how the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "stealing the show" at the Winter Olympics.

"Speaking of stealing, Otto Warmbier was tortured & killed at the hands of the Kim regime after being accused of stealing a poster. Let’s not whitewash North Korea’s record," Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah tweeted.

The CNN story, titled "Kim Jong Un's sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics," said Kim Yo Jong has "struck a chord with the public just one day into the Pyeongchang Games," before mentioning the government's prison camps for political opponents and the execution of the leader's own family members. 


Warmbier, an American college student who visited North Korea in 2015, was imprisoned by the government and accused of attempting to steal a propaganda poster. He was eventually released to the U.S., but was in a coma and had suffered brain injuries. He died a week later.

Pence's press secretary had also jabbed at Kim Yo Jong this week after images of the North Korean figure standing near Pence for the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, drew attention online.

"Face of freedom v. Face of tyranny," Farah tweeted with a gif of the encounter, where Kim appeared to scowl as Pence smiled while clapping for the parade of athletes.

Pence led the U.S. delegation to the games this week, where he refused to meet with North Korean officials on Friday. The vice president has taken a hard stance against the country in the days leading up to the games, spotlighting the oppression of its people and promising a new round of U.S. sanctions.