Vice President Kamala Harris followed up on her claims that she’ll be visiting the DMZ between North and South Korea.
This came in an attempt to ease some of the tension between the two countries now that North Korea signed a law allowing them to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike.
Only one day before Harris arrived though, Kim Jong Un launched another missile, days after he’d launched the initial two, increasing South Koreans’ concerns of an all-out attack happening.
Biden’s gaffes rubbed off on Kamala
As any leader would do, Harris spoke in front of the crowd in the DMZ, declaring the US shares an important and long-standing relationship with Korea and the alliance between the two is stronger than ever.
In the last 24 hours, Joe Biden called out for a dead person while giving a speech and Kamala Harris said at the DMZ that America has a special relationship with North Korea.
Are Biden voters ready to admit that they messed up?
— Michael Seifert (@realmichaelseif) September 29, 2022
However, things may have gone a bit better if Harris remembered which Korea she was talking about; her speech made it seem as if the US is actually supporting the actions of North Korea instead.
According to the news outlets covering the story, Harris’ statement was nothing more than yet another “unfortunate gaffe.” It was confirmed as the vice president immediately corrected herself and expressed support for South Korea and its people.
In a sad attempt to gloss over what she’d just said, Harris went onto a lengthy tangent about how it’s in the US’ best interest to maintain an ironclad defense at the Korean border and they will do everything in their power to keep it that way.
North Korea is prepping for nuclear strikes
Unfortunately, it’s not all fun and games. It’s been over a week since Kim Jong Un declared North Korea to be a nuclear weapons state, adding no amount of sanctions from the rest of the world will make him give up his arsenal.
I'm starting to think~
Can the Biden Admin be that stupid and reckless?
Maybe all the gaffes the Biden Admin make …
Aren't gaffes at all ?
They do seem to love authoritarianism🤔 😂
VP Kamala Harris ~
Viva the Republic of *North Korea https://t.co/fjRLtfPTt8
— Lawyerforlaws (@lawyer4laws) September 29, 2022
Both Harris and Yoon Suk-Yeol went on to condemn the missile launches that followed North Korea’s nuclear weapons law. Other White House officials claim Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship finally spiraled into provocative nuclear rhetoric followed by several missile launches.
Despite what Kim may have wanted, his actions will only strengthen the resolve of the West to denuclearize the entirety of the Korean Peninsula. This is bound to stir some dangerous waters in the area.
All of this is made worse by the fact North Korea formed a weapons trading deal with Russia less than a month ago. This put it out there that the two nations are on good terms, despite Russia’s unconstitutional invasion of Ukraine.
.@KamalaHarris — I know these things can be difficult, but our alliance is with South Korea, not North Korea.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) September 29, 2022
No one can truly tell what will come of these developments in East Asia, but it’s crystal clear it won’t be anything good, especially considering how stubborn Kim is when it comes to his country’s military power.
The DMZ between the Koreas is approximately 150 miles long and almost three miles wide. It is the only barrier between the two wildly contrasting countries that share a name, a language, and a peninsula.
This article appeared in The Record Daily and has been published here with permission.