Vice President Kamala Harris mistakenly lauded a U.S. alliance with “the Republic of North Korea on Thursday. The comments were made on a trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea.
Harris was supposed to mention the strong alliance between South Korea, also known as “the Republic of Korea”. This misstatement is considered awkward, with increasing geopolitical tensions in the area.
VP Harris is the highest-ranking official to visit the border of North and South Korea since Donald Trump’s infamous visit with Kim Jong-un [Washington Times].
In a twist, the North Korean military fired two ballistic missiles just hours after the vice president left the DMZ. Both Japan’s defense minister and South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff made the initial announcement regarding these weapons. South Korean officials said the pair of missiles traveled about 350 kilometers (220 miles) in distance and had an altitude of about 50 km, traveling at five times the speed of sound, according to Yahoo News.
When all missile types are combined, North Korea has fired more than any other year for the past 10 years.
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