President Joe Biden will not visit the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea during his trip to Asia.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and national security adviser Jake Sullivan briefed reporters Wednesday on how Biden "will head into the Indo-Pacific with a spring in his step" but confirmed that a trip to the DMZ is not on the schedule.
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"He will not visit the DMZ," Jean-Pierre told reporters, adding that he might visit in the future.
"Just to reiterate here is that as vice president, he has been there before," she continued. "He's just not going to go on this trip. He's going to go to South Korea. He's going to show his support for the region."
Biden will travel to Japan on Thursday before continuing on to South Korea. He will meet with government officials from both countries about countering North Korea's escalating slate of nuclear missile tests.
North Korea responded to the announcement of Biden's trip by launching three additional nuclear missile tests in May, and reports indicate Pyongyang is preparing for yet another test while Biden is in Asia.
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You can watch Wednesday's briefing below.