Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

McSally Leads Bi-partisan Congressional Delegation to the DMZ at Critical Time on the Korean Peninsula

May 28, 2018
Press Release
Meets with Top US and S. Korean Officials About N. Korean Threat, U.S. and S. Korean Military Readiness, and Path to Denuclearization

TUCSON, AZ – U.S. Representative Martha McSally led a bipartisan congressional delegation, including three Members of Congress from Arizona, to South Korea over Memorial Day weekend to meet with top military and diplomatic officials about the current situation on the Korean Peninsula. The trip included a visit to the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), where the Armistice was signed in 1953. This is the same site Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met last month, just hours before they met there again on Saturday.

“I am so proud of our troops and extremely impressed with their readiness and capabilities, in lock step with the Republic of Korea (ROK) military, to fight tonight if necessary to defend the peninsula from any aggression by Kim Jong-un. After strategic discussions with military and diplomatic leaders on the ground, I’m confident that the U.S.-ROK alliance remains strong and focused on achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea. It was also striking to stand at the line of demarcation in the DMZ, which starkly divides freedom from tyranny, just a few hours before President Moon met there with Kim Jong-Un in secret. I pray Kim Jong-un takes advantage of this historic opportunity to give his people a better future.”

Congresswoman McSally, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, led a group of three other representatives to key military outposts on the Korean Peninsula, including:

  • Yongsan Army base, where they met with USFK command team and U.S. embassy leadership;
  • Osan Airbase, home to the 7th Air Force and the 25th Fighter Squadron, which flies the A-10 Warthog;
  • Camp Humphreys, home base for the 8th Army and 2nd Infantry Division operations. 

The delegation also met with the Korean Deputy Defense Minister for Policy, Yeo Suk-joo, to discuss the ongoing threat and efforts toward diplomatic engagement. They discussed ways to strengthen cooperation and collaboration between the United States and South Korea to achieve the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea. 

In special commemoration of Memorial Day, the group also visited the Korean War Memorial to honor and remember those Americans and Koreans who lost their lives during the Korean War. 

DMZ

Rep. McSally at the truce village of Panmunjom in the DMZ in front of the building where President Moon and Kim Jong-Un met a few hours later

Reps. McSally (AZ-02), Schweikert (AZ-06), O’Halleran (AZ-01), Panetta (CA-20) meet with General Vincent Brooks, Commander, U.S. Forces Korea

Rep. McSally engages with the 7th Air Force Commander and A-10/F-16 pilots by an A-10 at Osan Airbase