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Los Angeles, CA - On March 29, President Trump compared the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea with the U.S.-Mexico border as he gave remarks regarding the nation’s infrastructure agenda in Ohio.
The President’s comparison proves problematic, as the DMZ on the Korean Peninsula remains a sobering reminder that North and South Korea are technically still at war. When the armistice was signed in 1953 between the United Nations, North Korea, and China to end the Korean War, the objective was to reach a final peaceful settlement between the two warring countries. However, 65 years later, the DMZ is considered the most heavily fortified border in the world and stands as a symbol of the conflict that has torn the Korean Peninsula in two. In contrast, the United States and Mexico are not neighbors at war, rather, the two countries have been strong partners and allies.
“What’s disconcerting about the President’s remarks is that he is drawing a deeply flawed analogy by excluding critical historical and geopolitical context. As the President of the United States, his words carry a profound weight of responsibility, and our hope is that he is more thoughtful as he considers a meeting with North Korea in the months to come,” said KAC Executive Director Joon Bang.
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