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