2017 Congressional Trip to South Korea and Japan

In April of 2017, Rep. Mike Thompson traveled to South Korea and Japan to meet with leaders to discuss the security of the region. During his trip, Thompson inspected the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between South Korea and North Korea, discussed defenses with General Vincent K. Brooks, met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and attended numerous briefings related to national defense.

Rep. Thompson shakes hands with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan.

Rep. Thompson stands with members of South Korea's Parliament.

Rep. Thompson joins North Korean defector Thae Yong-ho, former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom and the highest-ranked official to defect.

Rep. Thompson's view of North Korea from the demilitarized zone (DMZ). The town seen from the border is a facade and uninhabited.