DMZ, South Korea (CNN)US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday visited the demilitarized zone, the highly-fortified border between North and South Korea, becoming the most senior US official to visit the area since President Barack Obama in 2012.
Tillerson met with some of the more than 28,000 US troops on the peninsula. South and North Korea are still technically at war after the Korean War ended in 1953 with in an armistice but no peace treaty.
During his trip, he visited the Joint Security Area, where North and South Korea soldiers stand facing each other and a Military Armistice Commission briefing room straddles the border.
However, neither Hwang and Yun are expected to be in their current roles after the election; the country is widely expected to swing to the left in the wake of Park’s impeachment.
The Democratic United Party’s Moon Jae-in, who currently leads in the polls, has been critical of the THAAD agreement and suggested it should be renegotiated, saying Park should have sought the approval of the National Assembly before deployment began.