Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Seoul today, and in the face of North Korea's continuing aggression gave a strong message of solid friendship and assurance of commitment to close ally South Korea.
Pence addressed American and South Korean troops based on the Korean peninsula at an Eastern service. Pence spoke with the troops in the capital Seoul, just hours after North Korea's failed attempt to launch a missile near Sinpo, in the country's east coast.
Pence said that this morning's provocation from the regime of Kim Jong-Un is just the latest reminder of the risks allied American and South Korean troops face every day in defending the freedom of the people of South Korea and America's interests in that part of the region.
The Republican VP praised the courage and valor of the troops amidst these troubled times. He said their remarkable character amazes the American people.
Pence admitted that today is a challenging time, all around the world but especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
Pence also said that being in Seoul now at such a great time is an honor for him. He gave the strong assurances that under the leadership of President Donald Trump, the U.S. resolve to protect its allies as South Korea has never been stronger. He also described the alliance with the Asian economic power as "historic", and the South Korean people as "courageous". Pence said that with the help of the joint troops of U.S. and South Korea, and with the help of God, freedom will prevail on the peninsula.
South Korea is the first stop on Pence's 10-day tour of Asia where he is expected to discuss managing North Korea's aggression and nuclear ambitions with the other Asian leaders, as well as talk about trade issues. The Vice President will also visit Japan, Indonesia, and Australia. He will conduct economic talks with Japan on Tuesday.