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Larson Tours Korean DMZ

August 3, 2016
Press Release
Meets with U.S. Forces Stationed in the Area

Seoul – On Tuesday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the Joint Security Area as part of his trip to the Republic of Korea. The DMZ was created at the end of the Korean War, and acts as buffer between North and South Korea. Approximately 28,500 U.S. troops are currently stationed in the Republic of Korea.

"Whenever I travel, I always make it a point to meet with our brave men and women stationed overseas," said Larson. "In times of growing unrest, it is more important than ever to listen firsthand to the soldiers and officers who see new threats and challenges each day. It was an honor to visit our troops serving at the DMZ and Joint Security Area today, and I thank them for their service and commitment to our nation.

"During talks with our troops, I was particularly struck by the level of coordination that exists between the U.S. and R.O.K. soldiers. Working hand-in-hand and side-by-side, they truly embody the motto Katchi Gapshida: We Go Together.

"The U.S. and the R.O.K. have a proud history of cooperation and solidarity, and it is crucial we maintain those ties. Our visit today was a stark reminder that peace has yet to be achieved on the Korean Peninsula. Together, our nations must constantly maintain the highest level of readiness and a constant vigilance towards ongoing threats."  

This week, Larson is visiting the Republic of Korea to meet with key officials, discuss how to promote Connecticut businesses and exports, and visit U.S. forces stationed in the region.