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VPOTUS Travel pool report 2 - Pence gaggle inside DMZ
Andrew Beatty • Agence France-Presse
April 17, 2017: 11:46 AM


First apologies for the delay in these pool reports, logistics and North Korean jamming are conspiring against us today.

I wanted to get this out first.

The vice president made remarks inside the DMZ at Freedom House, a few meters from the military demarcation line, which he described as a "frontier of freedom."

He said that the relationship with South Korea was "ironclad and immutable" and spoke of the "resolve of the people of the United States and the President of the United States" to achieve security "through peaceable means, through negotiations. But all options are on the table as we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of South Korea for denuclearization of this peninsula and for the long term prosperity and freedom of the people of South Korea."

He said he was hopeful that China would be help solve the problem "we look for them to do more."

"The message of the people of the United States of America is that we seek peace, but America has always sought peace through strength and my message here today standing with US forces Korea, standing with courageous soldiers from the Republic of Korea is a message of resolve."

Asked his message to the people of North Korea, VPOTUS said:

"The people of North Korea the military of North Korea should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies. The alliance between South Korea and the United States is ironclad."

The vice president added that "the era of strategic patience is over."

More to come.



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