US VP talks ‘strong alliance’ with North Korea — RT World News
US Vice President Kamala Harris hailed the « strong union » between the United States and North Korea during a visit to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) on Thursday in a gaffe.
“The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance, with the Republic of North Korea,” Harris said, misnamed the Republic of Korea, which is South Korea’s official name.
Harris continued, this time correctly naming the country. « I cannot say enough that the commitment of the United States to the defense of the Republic of Korea is ironclad, » he added. she said, adding that “In the North, we see a brutal dictatorship, widespread human rights abuses and an illegal arms program that threatens peace and stability.”
Harris delivered his speech during a visit to the DMZ, the fortified demarcation line that has divided North and South since the end of the Korean War with an armistice agreement in 1953. Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have increased in recent months, with a US aircraft carrier arriving in South Korea for military exercises last week for the first time since 2017, after US officials warned that Pyongyang was preparing for its first nuclear test in five years.
The North launched two ballistic missiles into its eastern waters on Wednesday, and two more on Thursday shortly after Harris’ plane left for Washington, the South Korean military said. A single missile was also launched earlier this week.
The United States maintains about 28,000 troops stationed in South Korea, and the North views exercises involving those troops and their South Korean counterparts as « Provocation » and rehearsals for the invasion.
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