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Whoops! VP Harris makes major gaffe, mistakenly suggesting the US has an alliance with 'North Korea' while visiting the DMZ

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Vice President Kamala Harris committed a major gaffe while delivering remarks at the Korean peninsula's Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), mistakenly saying that the U.S. and the "Republic of North Korea" have an alliance which "is strong and enduring."

While the nation of South Korea is a U.S. ally, the country of North Korea is not. The vice president's comment was an obvious mistake, and she went on to correctly refer to the Republic of Korea, which is the nation of South Korea.

"The commitment of the United States to the defense of the Republic of Korea, I will report, is ironclad," Harris said. She noted that both countries share the aim of achieving "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."

"The United States and the world seek a stable and peaceful Korean peninsula where the DPRK is no longer a threat," Harris said, referring to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which is the nation of North Korea.

The Republican National Committee's RNC Research Twitter account shared the clip of Harris' North Korea gaffe.

In response to the tweet, former GOP congressman Doug Collins remarked, "Seriously? How do you make this mistake?"

"Who thought this trip was a good idea?" Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tweeted.

"People do make mistakes. But this kind, from the VP, is confounding," Hudson Institute senior fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs tweeted.

Conservative radio host Dana Loesch referred to Harris as a clown, posting the word "Absolute," along with a clown emoji.

"A lot of people are correctly comparing this massive gaffe to those of Dan Quayle, but if Sarah Palin had said something remotely this dangerous while RUNNING for Vice-president, the news media would have had a collective stroke…" John Ziegler tweeted.

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