Harris in the DMZ met with U.S. military personnel at a restaurant on Thursday, received an operational briefing and visited an observation post where she used binoculars to watch on the North Korean side of the border. She also stood on the South Korean side of the demarcation line that separates the two Koreas.
“It’s so close,” she said, looking at the North Korean side. “It’s 50 meters away,” replied his informant.
In remarks later Thursday, Harris signaled the United States’ commitment to security and stability in the region and reiterated Noon’s alignment on the issue of denuclearization.
“We are reminded that the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea stands ready for any eventuality,” Harris said. “The commitment of the United States to the defense of the Republic of Korea, I will report, is ironclad.”
She added that the DMZ is a reminder of the two “radically different” paths North and South Korea took after their 1950-53 war, with “thriving democracy” in the south and “brutal dictatorship, widespread human rights abuses and an illegal weapons program” in the north.
“The United States and the world seek a stable and peaceful Korean Peninsula where [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] is no longer a threat,” Harris said. “We will continue to work alongside our partners here and everywhere as necessary to maintain stability and peace in this region.”