Nancy Pelosi visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone with a Congressional delegation

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“It was a privilege to interact with American heroes in uniform on the ground in Korea, led by General Paul LaCamera, Commander of American Forces Korea. During visits to the Demilitarized Zone/Joint Security Area (DMZ/JSA) and Osan Air Base, we conveyed the gratitude of Congress and the country for the patriotic service of our military, who are 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 that was established in the Korean War Armistice Agreement of 1953. It is often described as the most heavily armed frontier in the world.

Pelosi said the delegation also visited Seoul and welcomed what she described as “a strong bond” between the United States and South Korea.

“The United States and South Korea share a strong bond formed for security and forged through decades of warm friendship. Our congressional delegation traveled to Seoul to reaffirm our valued ties and shared commitment to advancing security and stability, economic growth and democratic governance,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi said the delegation was “honored to be hosted” at a parliamentary meeting “where we reaffirmed our commitment to the U.S.-Korea alliance” and “was delighted to participate in a telephone meeting with the Korean president. Yoon Suk-yeol”.

Providing a reading of the appeal, Pelosi said, “We thanked the President for the Korean hospitality of 28,000 U.S. service members and their families. Each member engaged in conversation with the President, highlighting areas of continued cooperation for advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

The announcement comes after Pelosi recently traveled to Taiwan amid threats of Chinese retaliation.

Pelosi landed in Taipei on Tuesday, marking a major show of support for Taiwan. Pelosi’s stop in Taipei is the first time a US House speaker has visited Taiwan in 25 years. His trip comes at a low point in US-China relations and despite warnings from the Biden administration against a stopover in Taiwan.

This story was updated with additional developments on Thursday.

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