Vice President Kamala Harris will go to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) throughout her journey to South Korea on Thursday, U.S. and South Korean officers mentioned.
Why it issues: Harris will grow to be the most-senior Biden administration official to go to the DMZ.
- She is going to go to simply days after North Korea carried out one other ballistic missile check and amid fears that Pyongyang is making ready its first nuclear weapons check since 2017.
What they’re saying: South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo first introduced the vice chairman’s DMZ journey throughout a gathering with Harris on Tuesday, saying, “I believe your go to to DMZ in Seoul is an actual — a really symbolic demonstration of your sturdy dedication to the safety and peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
- The journey was later confirmed by a White Home official, who mentioned in a press release “the go to will underscore the energy of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, and the USA’ dedication to face beside the ROK within the face of any threats posed by the Democratic Folks’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).”
- “The Vice President will tour websites on the DMZ, meet with service members, and obtain an operational briefing from U.S. commanders,” the official added.
The large image: North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile off its east coast into the ocean on Sunday — its first ballistic missile check since this summer time, when it launched eight short-range missiles, the New York Occasions stories.
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