Day #2 – VP Mike Pence Visits DMZ in South Korea (video)…

Vice-President Mike Pence continues his 10-day trip to Asia with a day-two visit to the DMZ and discussions with interim South Korean President Hwang.  VP Pence delivered remarks during a meeting with President Hwang:

[Transcript] THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon. Ahn-young Ha-shim-nika.

To Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, thank you for the kind words and the hospitality you have shown me and my family in welcoming us to the Republic of Korea, my very first stop in the Asia Pacific as Vice President of the United States.

It’s a great honor for me to be in South Korea today.  And I bring greetings from the President of the United States, President Donald Trump, and on his behalf, I am here to express the unwavering support of the United States for our longstanding alliance with South Korea.

President Trump and I are grateful for your strong partnership with the United States.  We commend you personally for your steady hand in this time of transition in South Korea.   The President and our entire administration admire the South Korean people’s commitment to the rule of law and the democratic process — and we look forward to the upcoming election with great anticipation.

While change is coming on May 9th, the people of South Korea may be assured — whatever change happens in your elections, the commitment of the United States to South Korea’s safety and security will remain unchanged.

On behalf of the President of the United States, my message to the people of South Korea is this:  We are with you 100 percent.  Even in these troubled times, we stand with you for a free and secure future.

The United States of America stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Republic of Korea, and the service and vigilance of some 37,500 U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines on this frontier of freedom stand as a testament to the enduring partnership between our people.

The alliance between South Korea and the United States is the linchpin of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and indeed throughout the Asia Pacific.

The United States’ commitment to South Korea is ironclad and immutable.  And under President Trump’s leadership, I know our alliance will even be stronger, our nations will be safer, and the Asia Pacific will be more secure.

Nowhere is that more evident than with our commitment to confront the region’s most dangerous and urgent threat to peace and security — the regime in North Korea.

Since 1992, the United States and our allies have stood together for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.  We hope to achieve this objective through peaceable means.  But all options are on the table.

Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new President in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan.  North Korea would do well not to test his resolve — or the strength of the Armed Forces of the United States in this region.

We will continue to deploy the THAAD missile-defense system as a defensive measure — called for by the alliance, and for the alliance.  We will continue to evolve a comprehensive set of capabilities to ensure the security of South Korea.  And as our Secretary of Defense made clear here in South Korea not long ago, we will defeat any attack, and we will meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective response.

Strategic patience has been the approach of the last American administration and beyond.  For more than two decades, the United States and our allies have worked to peacefully dismantle North Korea’s nuclear program and alleviate the suffering of their people.  But at every step of the way, North Korea answered our overtures with willful deception, broken promises, and nuclear and missile tests.

Over the past 18 months, North Korea has conducted two unlawful nuclear tests and an unprecedented number of ballistic missile tests, even conducting a failed missile launch as I traveled here for this visit.

The era of strategic patience is over.

Earlier this month, President Trump spoke with you, Acting President Hwang, to reaffirm the strength of our alliance.  As I reassured you today, we will continue to closely consult with South Korea and your leadership as we make decisions moving forward.

We also call on other regional powers and the entire international community to join us to confront North Korea and demand that it abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, to turn away from renewed hostility towards its neighbors, and to end the repression of its own people.

Earlier this month, President Trump met with Chinese President Xi at the Southern White House.  The two leaders noted the urgency of the threat posed by North Korea’s weapons programs and each of them reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula during that meeting on April 7th.

They also committed to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions, and to increase cooperation to convince North Korea to abandon its illicit weapons programs.

It is heartening to see China commit to these actions.  But the United States is troubled by China’s economic retaliation against South Korea for taking appropriate steps to defend itself.  The better path would be for China to address the North Korean threat that is actually making such defensive measures necessary.

Now while issues like that remain, the President and I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea, but as President Trump made clear just a few short days ago, if China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States, and our allies, will.

So today it is my privilege, on behalf of President Trump, to reaffirm the United States’ enduring commitment to the security and prosperity of South Korea and to assure the people of South Korea of our unbreakable bond.  We are bound together by our shared values, but also by our shared sacrifice.  A free and democratic South Korea was forged in the fires of sacrifice by soldiers from both our lands.  And my father was one of them.

Sixty-five years ago, Second Lieutenant Edward J. Pence, of the 45th Infantry Division in the United States Army, fought alongside brave South Korean forces, to win the freedom of this land.

While he came home to raise a family, he had friends in uniform, from America and Korea, who went home to eternity.  So, too, the friendship between our two free nations is eternal.  We have bled together.  We have prospered together.  And on that foundation, the people of the United States of America and South Korea, will face the future together.

With courage, determination, and faith — we go together –Katchi Kapshida.

So thank you, Mr. Acting President, for your hospitality.  It is a great, great honor to be with you today.  (Applause.)

END [Transcript Link]

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24 Responses to Day #2 – VP Mike Pence Visits DMZ in South Korea (video)…

  1. Anne says:

    Hopefully, we will soon learn that the fat boy of NK choked on a chicken bone. Or that he has not emerged from a dip in the shark infested Sea of Japan.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Terry Baker says:

    Oooorah!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I LOVE our VP Pence. Not an “uncle” like the last one! This guy is OUT THERE, doing his part in MAGA. Admittedly, I’ve had some doubts about him, but they are getting fewer. I think this will work.

    Liked by 8 people

  4. President Trump will make certain that North Korea has zero path to Nuclear weapon in the 100 year foreseeable future. Trumps’ granddaughter singing to President XI was a marker for far in the future he was looking

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  5. Southern Son says:

    The BOSS!, has sent his Apprentice, to
    Represent the Administration and Our Country.
    After a Four year Apprenticeship, he will be
    Reevaluated for another Four years of Representing the Administration and Our Country.
    I believe President Trump will Mentor him well.
    Who knows. We may be so Proud of Him, We may Keep him on for Eight More Years.
    Wishful but Optimistic. I know.

    MAGA! 2017 and Beyond!!

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  6. alliwantissometruth says:

    The pudgy little dork is going to have to realize a new era of real leadership has arisen in America & the new guy is already shuffling the deck & laying out a new game

    Mutually beneficial economic relationships that bring stability & prosperity will overshadow ideology & the trouble making little gnats will find themselves completely isolated & facing aggression from past allies

    Pence’s speech was clear, knock it off or you’ll face real consequences not seen in decades

    President Trumps move of meeting with the President of China & offering a slightly better trade agreement than the one he’d originally planned if they help knock North Korea down was brilliant

    After decades of playing the same old failed hands over & over again by the idiots we called past Presidents, Trump is playing a whole new game

    The big boys are stepping in to control the children & hopefully they’ll get rid of those children in the process. With the children gone, the globalist cabal will lose their place at the card table & maybe, just maybe, we’ll see a world emerge that puts the people first instead of money

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    • dbobway says:

      “The pudgy little dork is going to have to realize”

      After hearing about him shooting his own army officers with an antiaircraft gun,
      Sounds like he has serious insecurity problems.
      I pray he has some survival instincts, Or even better, one of his Generals takes this crazy immature little man boy out

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    • Tin-Pot Dictators are ONLY Viable until the convergence of nations seek to either bring down or change the attitude. The ONLY thing these dictators look at is the power arraigned against them and I will not even hesitate to say this: 1) China is a force to be reckoned with and to do the job that it needs to denuclearize NoK, 2) the vast ARMADA streaming his way, and PDJT saying, “we have very powerful submarines, powerful” is sending a message, China takes care of business or we will, 3) VP Pence’s remarks, esp about his family having ties going back to Korean War and the support that SoK has from the United States. Taking care of these worms people begin to realize that the everyone can be prosperous and not just one country and it breaks the back of the Deep State in each country. PDJT knows this and the sooner the world knows it the better…

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  7. jeans2nd says:

    Thank you VP Pence.
    This visit and speech mean a bit more now than mere words.

    Barry Pavel, Obama National Security Council Staff, career civil servant –
    “(ignoring Obama’s red line in Syria) caused alot of damage…after that (allies) started questioning) does it (the U.S.) have the will to back up it’s alliances with us”

    “(Trump’s) strikes in Syria were the beginning of the downpayment on restoring the foundation of our alliance network, which really is our greatest global asset…”
    https://news.grabien.com/story-fmr-obama-admin-official-obamas-natural-inclination-get-us-o

    Can you hear us now?

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  8. lfhbrave says:

    From the observation tower he probably was able to see Pork Chop Hill where his uncle fought. It must be a very emotional moment for his family looking at those surrounding terrains to contemplate what the battles were like.

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  9. SPMI says:

    Pence is doing his job in an efficient and firm manner which comes directly from President Trump.
    That is what a real VP does.Carry the message from the President and people of the United States of America.
    Bravo!

    Liked by 4 people

  10. NJF says:

    Well done VP Pence & family.

    Liked by 3 people

  11. Donna in Oregon says:

    I am proud of VP Pence, grace under pressure. Especially want to send a shout-out to Mrs. Pence. That is a tough lady! I can’t remember the last time a spouse of a high-ranking politician went into a war zone. We are still at war with N. Korea, and things are active right now. Possibly nuke active. Do the NOW fembots recognize her strength? Nope,…Crickets…..

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  12. Pam says:

    This should be coming up shortly. It will be audio only.

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  13. mariner says:

    I believe I heard on Friday about Pence’s planned trip to SKorea.

    My first thought was that the White House must have been very confident SKorea would not be attacked.

    I’d love to know the source of that confidence (and I’m pretty sure I never will).

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  14. OK, what the heck is strategic patience? Kinda like leading from behind? LOL…..It sounds like you do not know what to do and you are just hoping it goes away…..8 years we had to go through this crap….

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  15. pacnwbel says:

    I have listened today to Buck Sexton who reckons the likelihood of NK firing off nuclear weapons is slim, and Jennifer Griffin raising the possibility that Kim has been parading pretend nuclear missiles as did the Russians in the 60s. As always the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The drumbeat of the media ‘s dire prognostications is scary, which may be by design. In the meantime we must trust in our leadership and pray that the right decisions will be forthcoming as they pick their way through the thorns and thistles.

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