Pence Starts 3-Day Visit to Seoul

Angela Jung, April 17, 2017, 9:29 a.m.


U.S. Vice President Mike Pence landed at the U.S. Forces Korea's Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday afternoon for a three-day visit to South Korea. He visited the National Cemetery in Seoul later the same afternoon. Pence then attended an Easter Sunday church service and had dinner with Korean and U.S. military officers and their families in the USFK Yongsan Garrison.

In a dinner speech Pence said his father, a Korean War veteran, was one of the U.S. soldiers stationed here some 60 years ago.

Pence was given a report on North Korea's failed missile launch aboard Air Force Two en route to South Korea and talked with U.S. President Donald Trump on the phone to discuss a response.  He is accompanied by his wife Karen and two adult daughters.

Answering a question from U.S. reporters on the plane, a White House advisor said there still is a problem to be solved before a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery is deployed and operational here and it will be decided by the next South Korean president.

But a spokesman for Pence later clarified that there is no change in the THAAD deployment plans. The Foreign Ministry here also said that the two countries are firm in pushing ahead with the THAAD deployment as scheduled.

On Monday Pence visits the demilitarized zone and meets acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn.



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