FAST FIVE: Kamala Harris In High Stakes Gaffe At DMZ Hails Strong US "Alliance With Republic Of North Korea"
But that's when she made an unfortunate and deeply awkward gaffe touting the strong alliance with “the Republic of North Korea.” KAMALA HARRIS: “The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea.” pic.twitter.com/H2dI5UYOlo – RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 29, 2022 Given the high stakes tensions which are ever-present over the peninsula, this was no small slip – coming also as the north “greeted” her visit with yet another ballistic missile launch on Thursday.
Japan's defense ministry confirmed of Thursday's launch that this latest missile “flew to an altitude of 50km and covered a range of 300km.” In her speech, Harris denounced the “brutal dictatorship” of Kim Jong-un in what's being widely called unusually blunt criticism for the fact that the remarks were made from a high US official at the DMZ.
Correction issued on VP Harris' Korea remarks >> pic.twitter.com/zdlmsHl1Sm – Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) September 29, 2022 The north and the south took “dramatically different paths” – she continued, with the north marked by repeat severe human rights violations.
Both denounced the latest series of missile launches, and warned Pyongyang against reported plans to conduct a nuclear test, which would be the first since 2017.
Bloomberg describes of her first visit to the DMZ, “Harris entered a hut from the South Korean side used for discussions that straddles the border with North Korea on Thursday, becoming the highest-ranking member of the Biden administration to enter the 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) wide buffer where hundreds of thousands of troops are stationed on their respective sides of razor-wire fencing in a place dubbed the Cold War's last frontier.” Tyler Durden Thu, 09/29/2022 – 09:44.