Kamala Harris uses binoculars to view North Korea from DMZ
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Jo Biden’s Vice-President visited the Demilitarised Zone between the two Koreas this week but the trip has sparked ridicule over a number of embarrassing blunders. Kamala Harris’s first gaffe involved praising the US alliance with the “Republic of North Korea,” following this the Vice-President has been called out over a cringe-worthy visit to US soldiers based at the border with the DPRK.
During a tour of the border post, US soldiers offered Ms Harris a view through a pair of binoculars.
The Vice-President squinted at the far horizon before focusing the binoculars off into the distance.
Turning to one of the soldiers, the Vice-President exclaimed how incredible seeing North Korea was “with your own eyes.”
“It is so close,” she commented.
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An accompanying US soldier was then forced to point out to Ms Harris that North Korea was in fact only “50 metres away.”
Following this exchange, Ms Harris was mocked by Sky News Australia host Rita Panahi for insisting on talking to the soldiers at length about the Webb Space telescope.
Ms Panahi said: “Literally right there Kamala, 50 metres away.
“But it didn’t end there, Kamala then insisted on regaling the bewildered soldiers with stories about the Webb telescope. Why? Nobody understands this.”
Kamala Harris makes ‘Republic of North Korea’ blunder
It comes after Ms Harris mistakenly referred to South Korea as the “Republic of North Korea” before going on to praise the US alliance with the non-existent state.
The Vice-President made the embarrassing diplomatic blunder during her first-ever visit to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, known officially as the Republic of South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Ms Harris told a gathering of South Korean delegates: “So the United States shares a very important relationship which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea.
“And it is an alliance which is strong and enduring” continued the US Vice-President seemingly unaware of her error.
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“In the North, we see a brutal dictatorship, rampant human rights violations and an unlawful weapons program that threatens peace and stability,” Ms Harris added
“The United States and the world seek a stable and peaceful Korean peninsula where the DPRK is no longer a threat,” she said.
Vice-President Harris was in the DMZ after arriving in the South Korean capital, Seoul, early on Thursday amid simmering regional tension over North Korea’s missile launches and China’s actions in the Taiwan Strait.
North Korea launched two ballistic missiles from north of Pyongyang into the sea off its east coast, South Korea’s military said, about two hours after Ms Harris’ flight departed for Washington.
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