Pelosi To Visit Koreas Demilitarized Zone, Vows To Support South In Denuclearizing The North
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after having visited the island of Taiwan is now reported to be on her way to visit the heavily fortified Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) that sits between the North and South Korean border on her way to Seoul, the Capital of South Korea.
A joint statement that was released after Pelosi met South Korea's National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo Thursday said that "Both sides expressed concerns about the dire situation of North Korea's growing threat."
"We agreed to support the efforts of the two governments to achieve practical denuclearisation and peace through international cooperation and diplomatic dialogue, based on the strong and extended deterrence against the North."
Pelosi has vowed to support South Korea in their bid to "denuclearize" the North. She and Kim Jin-pyo spoke of ways to increase cooperation between the United States and South Korea regarding security in the region, as well as climate-related issues.
Reuters reported that Pelosi plans on visiting the heavily fortified Korean demilitarized zone later on Thursday. She is the highest-ranking official to visit the DMZ since former President Donald Trump, who met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the DMZ in 2019.
Although South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol could not meet with Pelosi during her trip to South Korea due to a scheduled vacation, he did hold a phone call with her that lasted 40 minutes where he vowed to cooperate closely with the United States in the development of their "global strategic alliance" according to Deputy National Security Adviser Kim Tae-hy, who spoke to reporters.
During his phone call with Pelosi, he also said that he would like to meet with her when during his visit to the United States in order to talk about ways that the two countries can strengthen their alliance.
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