The latest on South Korea visit of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence includes visiting a military base near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea a day after the North conducted a failed missile launch.
Pence arrived at Camp Bonifas 8:am Monday for a briefing with military leaders and to meet with American troops stationed there. American and South Korean soldiers warmly welcomed him in the camp. He is in South Korea as part of a 10-day tour of Asia.
The joint U.S.-South Korean military camp is just outside the 2.5-mile-wide DMZ. Pence's visit, full of Cold War symbolism, comes amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula.
Pence has called North Korea's failed missile launch a "provocation," and President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that China is working with the U.S. on the "North Korea problem.”
Upon arriving in 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.