Rubio comes face to face with troops from ‘repressive and paranoid’ North Korea during Asia tripby George Bennett | January 24th, 2014
Photos released Thursday night by Sen. Marco Rubio‘s office show the Republican Senator visiting the De-Militarized Zone between secretive, communist North Korea and U.S. ally South Korea.
Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is on an official trip to Asia that has included stops in Japan and the Philippines.
“There are few places in the world where the stark differences between two neighboring countries is as evident as the line that divides the Korean peninsula,” Rubio said in a statement released by his office. “As one soldier patrolling the DMZ told us, it is the edge of freedom.”
Rubio added: “I believe some day in my lifetime that edge will no longer exist and North Korea’s people will live freely. Coming face to face with agents of a repressive and paranoid communist regime was a reminder to me of how important it is that we not only stand with our South Korean allies but also remember the innocents in North Korea whose lives are being destroyed.”