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WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence called the North Korea’s latest missile test a “provocation” and pledged the Trump Administration’s commitment to freedom prevailing in the region “has never been stronger.”
North Korea launched a failed missile test this weekend just as Pence was flying to South Korea. The test was to be a show of force a day after North Korea displayed its new armaments in a huge military parade, but the missile exploded shortly after its launch.
Pence addressed the launch in an Easter dinner speech in South Korea and said it underscores the importance of the alliance between the US and South Korea.
“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 of the military.
Pence is in the midst of 10-day trip to Asia. He was abroad Air Force 2 heading to South Korea when the failed missile detonated. Meanwhile, President Trump has been in talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping to pressure North Korea to stop its provocations.
“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,” Pence said.
The vice president also honored his late father, Edward, who served in US Army during the Korean War and earned a Bronze Star.
“On this day I think of my dad,” Pence said. He believes his father would be looking down and seeing “the sacrifices that were made [and] the commitment that endures here as a result of a free and prosperous South Korea.”