Kamala Harris to visit DMZ on Thursday

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea later this week, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

Details of the visit, which had not been beforehand confirmed, had been introduced by South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo in his remarks after meeting with the vp in Tokyo.

Mr. Han described the visit as a “symbolic demonstration” of the U.S. dedication to safety and peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The White House later confirmed the main points of the visit, which can happen on Thursday.

Using the acronym for South Korea’s formal title, the Republic of Korea, U.S. officers mentioned the visit will “underscore the strength of the U.S.-ROK Alliance and the United States’ commitment to stand beside the ROK in the face of any threats” from North Korea.

“The Vice President will tour sites at the DMZ, meet with service members, and receive an operational briefing from U.S. commanders,” the White House mentioned in a press release.

She additionally “will reflect on the shared sacrifice of tens of thousands of American and Korean soldiers who fought and died together, and will reaffirm that the U.S. commitment to the ROK’s defense is ironclad,” the assertion mentioned.

Senior administration officers mentioned the aim of the journey is to “reaffirm the United States’ commitment to our allies in an increasingly complex security environment” and to “deepen our overall engagement in the Indo-Pacific,” as well as to honoring Abe.

Ms. Harris arrived in Tokyo on Monday the place she is main a U.S. delegation to Japan to attend Tuesday’s funeral of slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

While in Japan, Ms. Harris can also be slated to meet with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. She will meet with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol in Seoul.

The vp met Monday with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida behind closed doorways after touching down in Tokyo.

In her remarks following the meeting, Ms. Harris mentioned U.S. safety commitments to Japan stay “ironclad” amid heightened tensions within the area.

“The alliance between Japan and the U.S. is a cornerstone of what we believe is integral to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region,” she mentioned. “We also believe it is in the best interest of the American people.”

The high-profile visit to the area amid growing tensions within the Taiwan Strait provides to White House actions meant to bolster the vp’s overseas coverage chops, as hypothesis grows as to whether or not President Biden will search reelection in 2024.

The U.S.-China ties have turn out to be more and more strained after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s journey to Taiwan in August.

The California Democrat turned the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan in many years, sparking a sequence of Chinese army workouts surrounding the island that’s 100 miles off the mainland.

The U.S. additionally faces rising tensions with an more and more bellicose North Korea that has considerably ramped up weapons testing underneath the Biden administration.

On Sunday, North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile in what South Korean officers mentioned was a response to the arrival of the USS Ronald Reagan to the port of Busan.

The excessive ship is collaborating in joint army drills with South Korea that started Monday, the primary such joint workouts between the 2 nations in 5 years.

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