Vice President Kamala Harris made an unforced error of global proportions Thursday by touting the strong alliance between the United States and“the Republic of North Korea”during a visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
“The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea,” said the veep, flubbing the official name of longstanding US ally South Korea, the Republic of Korea. “And it is an alliance that is strong and enduring.”
The gaffe was the latest foreign policy-related blunder by Harris, who was mocked earlier this year for a“word salad” discussionof the Russian invasion of Ukraine — in which she made the bizarre claim that the whole of Europe had known peace since the end of World War II.
“Diplomacy is back, bebé,” former US diplomat Alberto Miguel Fernandezsnarked on Twitter. “Evidently we switched sides in Korea under the Biden Administration and nobody told us. Unlike her boss, she can’t claim advanced old age as a defense.”
Many critics noted that Harris’ gaffe took place hours after President Bidentried to recognize Reps. Jackie Walorski (Corteza.), forgetting that the lawmaker died last month in a car crash.
“Biden looked around a room for a dead person,” Republican strategistGreg Price tweeted. “Kamala is saying we have an alliance and important relationship with Kim Jong-Un. What an absolute disaster.”
Harris used the proper formulation later in her remarks, saying that “the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea stands ready to address any contingency. The commitment of the United States to the defense of the Republic of Korea, I will report, is ironclad.”
After Harris concluded her visit to South Korea, Seoul’s belligerent northern neighbor fired at least one ballistic missile off its east coast.
The launch, reported by the South Korean military, follows the firing oftwo short-range ballisticrockets Wednesday ahead of Harris’ stop in Seoul, part of a four-day trip that included a stop in Japan to attend the funeral offormer Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July.
North Korea also fired off a rocket Sunday before Harris embarked on her tour.
“Over the past seven decades, it has been clear in the south, we see a thriving democracy, innovation, economic prosperity. … In the north, we see a brutal dictatorship, rampant human rights violations and an unlawful weapons program that threatens peace and stability,"Harris dijo.
“The United States and the world seek a stable and peaceful Korean peninsula where the DPRK is no longer a threat. We will continue to work alongside our partners here and everywhere as is necessary to maintain stability and peace in this region,” Harris continued, referring to the North by the initials of its formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
During her visit to the DMZ, the VP peered through binoculars at military installations in North Korea while US military officials pointed out barbed-wire fences and claymore mines.
“It’s so close,” she remarked.
Más temprano, Harris met with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in Seoul, where she stressed the alliance between the two nations and expressed concerns over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.