Obama Calls Korean DMZ: ‘Freedom’s Frontier’

March 25, 2012 by staff 

Obama Calls Korean DMZ: ‘Freedom’s Frontier’, Observation Post Ouellette, South Korea-Standing behind bullet-proof glass and sandbags, President Obama peered into North Korea today from the most-forward bunker along the demilitarized buffer zone that divides South and North Korea.

In comments shortly before visiting Ouellette, Obama told American troops that they stood at “freedom’s frontier.”

“The contrast between North Korea and South Korea could not be clearer, could not be starker,” Obama said. “I could not be prouder of what you do.”

With the visit to the DMZ, Obama kicked off his visit to Seoul-where he will huddle with 50 world leaders for the Nuclear Security Summit.

Obama had visited South Korea twice before, but this is the first time that he’s visited the DMZ, a trip that George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan have taken before him. The DMZ visit comes at a complicated moment in the North Korea-U.S. relationship.

The main reason Obama is in Seoul is to attend the summit, a gathering of world leaders who will take stock of global efforts to security loose nuclear material. But the president’s visit to the DMZ-which comes at a complicated moment in the North Korea-U.S. relationship-will very likely overshadow anything that comes out of the summit.

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