House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that a congressional delegation had arrived in South Korea and visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea.
“It is a privilege to be joining American heroes in uniform on the ground in Korea, led by General Paul LaCamera, Commander, US Forces Korea. During our visits to the Demilitarized Zone/Joint Security Area (DMZ/JSA) and Osan Air Base, we conveyed the gratitude of the Congress and the Nation for the patriotic service of the Armed Forces. our people who are the sentinels of democracy on the Korean peninsula,” Pelosi said in the statement.
The DMZ is a 160-mile-long no-man’s land, about 30 miles north of Seoul, established during the 1953 Armistice Agreement during the Korean War. It is often described is the most heavily armed border in the world.
Pelosi said the delegation also visited Seoul and praised what she described as “a strong relationship” between the US and South Korea.
“The United States and South Korea share a strong relationship built for security and forged by decades of warm friendship. Our Congressional Delegation has come to Seoul to reaffirm our precious relationship and shared commitment to promoting security and stability, economic growth, and democratic governance,” said Pelosi.
Pelosi said the delegation was “honored to host” at a congressional meeting “where we reaffirmed our commitment to the US-ROK alliance” and was “delighted to participate in the meeting by phone.” with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol.”
Providing information about the call, Pelosi said, “we thank the President for South Korea’s hospitality to 28,000 US service members and their families. Each Member engaged in conversation with the President, highlighting areas of continued cooperation to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. ”
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The announcement came after Pelosi recently visited Taiwan against the backdrop of China’s threat of retaliation.
Pelosi landed in Taipei on Tuesday, marking a significant backing for Taiwan. Pelosi’s stop in Taipei is the first time a speaker of the US House of Representatives has visited Taiwan in 25 years. Her trip comes at a bad time in US-China relations and despite warnings from the Biden administration about stopping in Taiwan.
This story was updated with additional developments on Thursday.