#VPinASIA Day Two Blog: Vice President Mike Pence receives briefing at the DMZ and speaks with American and South Korean troops
On behalf of the President of the United States, when I visited the DMZ yesterday and met with Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn, my message to the people of South Korea was this: the United States of America is with you 100 percent. Even in these troubled times, we stand with you for a free and secure future.
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.
I was proud to stand shoulder-should with American and South Korean troops at DMZ, and I reaffirmed that under President Donald Trump, our resolved is undeterred.
We commend the brave servicemen and women for their vigilance here along this historic frontier of freedom, and we expressed the commitment of the American people to stand together in the months and years ahead with the people of South Korea to both preserve their freedom, and ensure the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
After my visit to the DMZ, Acting President Hwang and I met and held a joint press conference where I again reiterated the President’s and the American people’s ironclad and immutable commitment to South Korea.
Under President Trump’s leadership, our alliance will even be stronger, our nations will be safer, and the Asia Pacific will be more secure.
Finally, to end the evening, Karen and I visited with dedicated embassy staff members and their families. The team at the U.S. Embassy Seoul does great work for the United States.
You can get the latest updates from my visit to the Asia-Pacific region by following the hashtag #VPinASIA, @VPComDir, and @VPPressSec on social media. There is an album on my Facebook page with photos from the trip. Each morning, you can also read a recap of the previous day here on wh.gov.