Rex Tillerson photobombed by North Korean soldier in DMZ (PHOTO)
President Donald Trump’s secretary of state is currently on an official visit to South Korea in an effort to address the “nuclear threat” of the neighboring nation ruled by Kim Jong-un.
Tillerson’s tour took him to the surreal surroundings of Panmunjom. The area is a border village located in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of the Korean Peninsula, where on Friday the former Exxon Mobil chief was also bizarrely photobombed by a camera-wielding North Korean soldier.
An image of the incident has provoked humorous comment online and came just before Tillerson described military action as an “option on the table” for dealing with North Korea threats at a news conference in Seoul.
Panmunjom is manned by military personnel from both South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and has also been the site of numerous peace talks. Former US President Bill Clinton has described the border post as “the scariest place on Earth.”
Following Tillerson’s visit to the DMZ, the secretary of state said that “strategic patience” had ended with regard to North Korea’s weapons development.
“Let me be very clear. The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures,” Tillerson said.
“If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then that option’s on the table.”