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Ivanka Trump sat in the same VIP box as North Korean official

Mandatory Credit: Photo by FAZRY ISMAIL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9437274kw) South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L), South Korea's first lady Kim Jung-sook (2nd L), Ivanka Trump (3rd R), daughter and senior advisor of US President Donald J. Trump, and Kim Yong-chol (2nd R), vice-chairman of the ruling Workers? party?s central committee, arrive for the the Closing Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, Pyeongchang county, South Korea, 25 February 2018. Closing Ceremony - PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, Daegwallyeong-Myeon, Korea - 25 Feb 2018
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left), South Korea's first lady Kim Jung-sook (second left), Ivanka Trump, and Kim Yong-chol (second right), vice-chairman of North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party’s Central Committee.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — A top North Korean official and Ivanka Trump were in the same VIP box Sunday to watch the closing of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party Central Committee, sat behind the presidential adviser and first daughter, who was smiling as luminaries were introduced. She did not appear to interact with the North Korean official.

Both stood for South Korea’s national anthem.

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If they communicated, it would represent unusual direct contact between the White House and the upper echelons of North Korea’s government.

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South Korean President Moon-Jae was also in the same box.

Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter applauds during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. At rear right is Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Trump applauds during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics on Sunday. At rear right is Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump, left, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Patrick Semansky - Pool /Getty Images)
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Trump shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the closing ceremony.

The U.S. president’s daughter and adviser said earlier Sunday that her visit to the Olympics had been ‘‘so incredibly inspiring.’’ She expressed gratitude at the chance to watch competitions and ‘‘be here with our allies in South Korea.’’

Trump spent part of her second day in Pyeongchang watching the U.S. team compete in the bobsled competition. She said it had been ‘‘an amazing couple of days.’’

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump attends the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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Trump attends the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Not all were pleased by Trump’s visit. American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy tweeted a photo of his teammates Sunday and said: ‘‘So proud of all these people! Everybody here has worked so hard to make it to the Olympics and have the opportunity to walk in the closing ceremony! Well... Everyone except Ivanka.’’ He then used an abbreviated profanity in asking why she was there.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: A child is given a chocolate to Ivanka Trump as she attends the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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A child gives a chocolate to Trump as she attends the 4-man Boblseigh.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump and Elana Meyers Taylor pose for photographs during the 4-man Boblseigh heats on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Ivanka Trump and Elana Meyers Taylor pose for photographs during the 4-man Boblseigh.