Pence makes surprise visit to North Korean border after failed missile launch

Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea amid growing tensions between the U.S. and the North Korea.

The visit Monday morning local time comes just one day after North Korea’s latest failed missile launch.

Pence’s Blackhawk landed on a baseball field at Camp Bonifas, a gateway to the demilitarized zone.

Pence spent Easter Sunday with members of the U.S. and South Korean military in Seoul, affirming the U.S. commitment to the country.

“This morning’s provocation from the north is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face each and every day in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world,” Pence said. “Let me assure you that under President Trump’s leadership 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.”

The failed missile launch occurred one day after the 105th birthday of North Korea’s late founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong Un. The North Korean regime paraded intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang, with Kim looking on.

North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and about two dozen missile tests in the last year.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner

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