US Vice President Kamala Harris makes a speech while visiting the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, September 29, 2022. Photo/REUTERS/Leah Millis
The oddity that was allegedly mispronounced appeared during his official speech at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
“The United States has a very important relationship, which is an alliance, with the Republic of North Korea,” said Harris, mispronouncing the Republic of Korea, South Korea’s official name.
Harris continued, this time the naming of the country was correct. “I cannot state enough that the United States’ commitment to defending the Republic of Korea is very strict,” he said.
He added, “In the North, we see brutal dictatorships, rampant human rights abuses and unlawful weapons programs that threaten peace and stability.”
Harris delivered the speech during a visit to the DMZ, the heavily fortified demarcation line that has divided North and South Korea since the Korean War ended with an armistice agreement in 1953.
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Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen in recent months, with a US aircraft carrier arriving in South Korea for military exercises last week for the first time since 2017.
Earlier, US officials warned that Pyongyang was preparing for its first nuclear test in five years.