— from Douglas Wagoner —
Congressman: ‘the US and South Korea must show the strength of our defense treaty alliance by demonstrating a united front and refraining from unilateral action’
Upon returning from the Korean peninsula as a part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today released the following statement:
“I assess Kim Jong-Un would like nothing better than to cause a rift between the US and the Republic of Korea. The US and South Korea must show the strength of our defense treaty alliance by demonstrating a united front and refraining from unilateral action,” said Larsen, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “While Vice President Pence is visiting the region, I encourage him to convey the continued commitment of the US to the Republic of Korea and to consult closely with the South Korean government about the possibility of further North Korean aggression and any possible response.”
While in the Republic of Korea, Larsen met with the Foreign Minister and Members of National Assembly, top US military leaders and visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone for the third time. Additionally, Larsen received briefings about Korean peninsula security issues from international scholars and former US officials with experience throughout the region.
Larsen’s trip is timely given escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, and Vice President Pence’s current trip to the region. On Sunday, North Korea launched a ballistic missile that failed shortly after liftoff. This was the third North Korean missile launch of the year.
While in East Asia, Larsen also visited Japan, where he met with Prime Minister Abe and underscored the importance of the US-Japan relationship.