VP Pence comes face to face with North Koreans at DMZ
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published: April 18, 2017
PANMUNJOM, South Korea — Vice President Mike Pence wasn’t expected to go outside during his visit to the so-called Freedom House on Monday, which stands within eyesight of North Korea.
The vice president made remarks to reporters inside the hall, calling the unique border area “the historic frontier of freedom” as he looked out through glass doors onto the blue buildings straddling the demarcation line that divides the peninsula.
But suddenly American and South Korean soldiers rushed out to form a security cordon, and Pence — accompanied by the commander of U.S. Forces Korea Gen. Vincent Brooks and their entourage — walked out onto the steps.
Two North Korean soldiers filmed the scene from their side of the concrete berm that separates the two sides in the truce village of Panmunjom.
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