US Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in South Korea on Thursday (29/9), a day after North Korea tested two short-range ballistic missiles. The test underscores ongoing regional tensions.
Aides said Harris’ visit was to demonstrate the United States’ strong commitment to South Korean security but gained new urgency after the missile launches off North Korea’s east coast on Wednesday (28/9).
After a stop at a military base in Japan, Harris described the latest missile launch as part of a “prohibited weapons program that threatens regional stability and violates various UN Security Council resolutions.”
Harris is scheduled to meet South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol. He will visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) this afternoon, which separates the two Koreas. Harris’ visit to the DMZ will be the first by a senior official in President Joe Biden’s administration. [ka/rs]