WASHINGTON – Vice President Kamala Harris mistakenly touted America’s “alliance with the Republic of North Korea.” Thursday sought to reaffirm America’s commitment to the security of its Asian allies through Korea’s demilitarized zone.
“The United States shares a very important relationship, which is the alliance with the Republic of North Korea,” Harris said, referring to South Korea as she began her remarks after touring the DMZ. “This is an alliance that is strong and sustainable.”
While the vice president did not correct himself, he welcomed America’s “ironclad” commitment to South Korea’s defense amid threats from North Korea. Harris said she told South Korean President Yoon Suk-yo at a meeting Thursday that “we are aligned on this issue.”
“Our shared goal – the United States and the Republic of Korea – is the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Harris said.
In a speech by President Joe Biden, late Rep. Harris got confused one day when asked if Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., was in attendance. Walorski died in a car accident in August.
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Hours after Harris began flying back to the US after a four-day swing in Asia, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea in the third round of North Korean missile launches this week.
White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said North Korea “has a history of conducting these types of tests,” adding that Harris’ trip to Asia this week was a demonstration of “our strong commitment” to the security of Japan and South Korea. .
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Harris said the DMZ is “reminiscent of the dramatically different paths” taken by South Korea and North Korea.
“In the South, we see democracy, innovation, economic prosperity and power,” Harris said. “In the North, we see a brutal dictatorship, rampant human rights abuses and an illegal weapons program that threatens peace and stability.”
Contributed by: Associated Press
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