Remarks to the Troops by the Vice President †Itís my great honor to represent the President of the United States here in the Demilitarized Zone. †And Iím very grateful for the leadership of General Brooks and General Lee and the .......
PoliticalNews.me - Apr 18,2017 - Remarks to the Troops by the Vice President with Q&A, Demilitarized Zone, South Korea
Demilitarized Zone, Republic of Korea
THE VICE PRESIDENT: †Thank you all for being here. †Itís my great honor to represent the President of the United States here in the Demilitarized Zone. †And Iím very grateful for the leadership of General Brooks and General Lee and the ironclad and immutable alliance that is represented here by these two strong military leaders.
To stand here in this place to be able to (inaudible) of the commitment of the people of the United States to our long-term alliance for the people of South Korea is a great honor for me.†
And I bring greetings to our soldiers here and to soldiers of South Korea from the President of the United States. †We commend them †for their vigilance here along this historic frontier of freedom, and we express the resolve of the people of the United States of America to stand together in the months and years ahead with the people of South Korea to both preserve their freedom, and ensure the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. †It is an objective not just shared by the United States and the people of South Korea, but by our allies across the globe. †
We are heartened by the support of allies across the Asia Pacific, including China, who will continue to advance this objective on the Korean Peninsula. †And Iím here to express the resolve of the people of the United States and the President of the United States to achieve that objective through peaceable means, through negotiations, but all options are on the table as we continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of South Korea for the denuclearization of this peninsula and for the long-term prosperity and freedom of the people of South Korea.
Let me say itís also very humbling for me to be here because my father served here in Korea in the United States Army more than 64 years ago. †The General favored me this morning with a few reflections on my fatherís service here. †And it seems altogether fitting that as Vice President I could be here to personally express the timeless bond between the people of South Korea and the people of the United States of America. †People across the world should know that the bonds between our people are not simply strategic and military and economic, but they are personal, and they span generations of Americans and South Koreans.
And on that foundation, we will see freedom through. †We will see the interests of the security and prosperity of the people of South Korea. †And in a word, we go together. †
Q † †Mr. Vice President, question for you. † You said that everything is still on the table. †Does that include a potential U.S. preemptive strike?
And secondly on China, what concrete steps did China lay out to President Trump that led him to believe that