Pence vis­its DMZ a day af­ter North Korea’s botched mis­sile test

The Washington Times Daily - - FROM PAGE ONE - BY DAVE BOYER

Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence made a sur­prise visit Mon­day to the Demil­i­ta­rized Zone (DMZ) be­tween North and South Korea, a day af­ter Py­ongyang con­ducted a failed mis­sile test that the U.S. called a “provo­ca­tion.”

Mr. Pence ar­rived on a Black Hawk heli­copter at Camp Boni­fas, South Korea, the gate­way to the DMZ, where he greeted U.S. troops. The vice pres­i­dent re­ceived a se­cu­rity brief­ing from Gen. Vin­cent Brooks, com­man­der of U.S. Forces Korea, and vis­ited an ob­ser­va­tion post in the DMZ.

In brief re­marks to re­porters, Mr. Pence praised the “un­shak­able bond” be­tween the U.S. and South Korea.

“My fa­ther served in the Korean War with the U.S. Army, and on the way here, we ac­tu­ally saw some of the ter­rain my fa­ther fought along­side Korean forces to help earn your free­dom,” Mr. Pence said. “It’s a great honor to be with all of our forces.”

He ar­rived amid ris­ing ten­sions be­tween the U.S. and North Korea over its nu­clear weapons pro­gram.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion sent an air­craft car­rier strike force to the wa­ters off the Korean Penin­sula last week, and Pres­i­dent Trump has been lob­by­ing China to pres­sure Py­ongyang to scale back its weapons pro­gram.

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Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence greeted U.S. troops, re­ceived a se­cu­rity brief­ing and praised the “un­shak­able bond” be­tween the U.S. and South Korea on Mon­day.

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