“We’re grateful to all those who, each and every day, stand in the gap for freedom here at the DMZ, and it’s a great honor to be with all our forces.”

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), amid rising tensions between the United States and North Korea.

The vice president assured South Korea continued defense from the north.

“The alliance between the United States’ forces and Korea and the forces of the Republic of Korea is historic, and it is a testament to the unshakable bond between our people,” VP Pence said.

VP Pence also shared his own connection with the Korean people.

“It’s particularly humbling for me to be here as my father served in the Korean War with the U.S. Army and on the way here, we actually saw some of the terrain. My father fought alongside Korean forces to help earn your freedom,” VP Pence said.

His visit came as North Korea attempted to test another missile that exploded at launch.

“This may be the first test of this presidency, but China can shut them down,” Sen. John McCain said. “We should expect them to act to prevent what could be a cataclysmic event, and the North Koreans keep making progress.”

The United States sent an aircraft carrier toward the Korean peninsula as a show of force and has been lobbying China to put pressure on its ally to end its nuclear program.

“I think there’s an international consensus now including, including the Chinese and the Chinese leadership that this is a situation that cannot continue,” Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said.

The next stop on the vice president’s Asia trip will be Japan. He is expected to travel there on Tuesday.