Vice President Mike Pence visited a military base near the Korean Demilitarized Zone Monday, a day after North Korea conducted a failed missile launch.
Pence arrived at Camp Bonifas on Monday morning for a briefing with military leaders and to meet with American troops stationed there. The joint U.S.-South Korean military camp is just outside the 2.5-mile-wide DMZ.
A day earlier, Pence had described the attempted North Korean launch as a “provocation” that underscored the risks faced by American and South Korean service members.
“Your willingness to step forward, to serve, to stand firm without fear, inspires the nation and inspires the world,” Pence told U.S. military personnel during a fellowship meal following Easter services at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan.
“Our resolve has never been stronger, our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger and with your help and God’s help, freedom will ever prevail on this peninsula,” Pence went on.
The vice president’s trip to South Korea marked the start of a 10-day trip to Asia, during which he will be tasked with explaining the Trump administration’s North Korea policy, which U.S. officials have dubbed “maximum pressure and engagement.” Pence will aim to reassure allies in South Korea and Japan that the U.S. will take appropriate steps to defend them against North Korean aggression.