During a recent speech at the Korean Peninsula’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Vice President Kamala Harris made a speech gaffe by talking about a strong alliance between the United States and “the Republic of North Korea.”
She said the alliance was “strong and enduring”, only instead of referring the Republic of Korea, which is South Korea’s official name, she instead talked of the Republic of North Korea.
In the rest of the speech the vice president continued to talk about how the U.S. would support South Korea’s defenses and would help them fight off the aggressive politics of the North Korean government.
Harris continued by saying that the safety of the Republic of Korea was a top priority for the United States and that they would do everything to ensure that it is defended properly.
The DMZ is a buffer zone between North and South Korea that is heavily fortified. By visiting it, the administration aimed to show their commitment to assisting with the security of the region. This was also reaffirmed in a statement made by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
During her visit Harris also stopped by the Camp Bonifas Dining Facility where she, thanked American service members. She then proceeded to look at the DMZ which stretches for approximately 160 miles long and is 2.5 miles wide.
Before Harris’ visit, South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol had praised the alliance between the two countries. He and Harris also discussed the economic and technological partnership between the two countries.
KAMALA HARRIS: "The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea." pic.twitter.com/H2dI5UYOlo
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