U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris arrived Thursday at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border between the two Koreas following her meeting with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, a meeting that comes a day after North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan – also known as the East Sea.
The convoy in which Harris is traveling arrived in the area around 3:06 p.m., according to information from the White House, and he stressed that his visit is aimed at strengthening Washington’s bilateral relations. “Every morning I start the day by reading the president’s report and he talks about the main points of conflict,” he has asserted.
In this regard, he has pointed out that he often talks with the president, Joe Biden, about “priorities and troops abroad.” “You make commitments happen, so we’re grateful. I know it’s not always easy, but it makes a difference in the lives of a lot of people you may never meet,” he said, referring to the role of U.S. troops in the region.
“U.S. soldiers serve side by side with Koreans. They train together and are committed to working in solidarity and with a common goal, which is to maintain security and stability in the region,” he said.
Thus, she has signed one of the bricks in the walls of the facility and said she felt “honored to be part of the tradition.” From the border area, Harris used binoculars to observe the North Korean side of the border.
“The Demilitarized Zone reminds us of the drastic difference between the two sides since the beginning. Since the last seven decades. It has been clear in the south, you see a thriving democracy, innovation…in the north we see a brutal dictatorship, gross violations of Human Rights and an illegal weapons program. The United States and the entire world seek a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula, where North Korea is no longer a threat,” he said.