1. Vice President Mike Pence, wife Karen Pence and (Ret.) Col. Richard Dean walking at Korean War Veterans Memorial
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, Vice President
"Karen and I are deeply humbled to join you on this hallowed ground as a poignant reminder that freedom is not free. And that we will always remember at the Korean War Veterans Memorial."
3. Start of flag presentation ceremony
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, Vice President
"We will continue to work diligently to achieve peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and we will never relent in our effort to bring our missing fallen home."
4. Pence handing flag to (Ret.) Col. Richard Dean of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, Vice President
"From Heartbreak Ridge to Old Baldie to Porkchop Hill, you drove the enemy back. You held the line. American forces and South Korean forces won a victory for freedom for the South Korean people and the world."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, Vice President
"While we understand your need to look away from those memories, we as grateful citizens never will. We will never forget the service and sacrifice of the American heroes of the Korean War."
Vice President Mike Pence voiced optimism over the administration's effort to negotiate the denuclearization of North Korea, and he pledged to continue the U.S. effort to bring "our missing fallen home" from the Korean Peninsula during a flag presentation ceremony at the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall.
"Just recently, Kim Jong Un announced his commitment to allow nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations," Pence said.
Pence said North Korea's dictator also pledged to dismantle a nuclear test site and a launch pad in the presence of international observers.
Pence said he and President Donald Trump "welcome this good news," adding, "we look forward to further progress."
Speaking about the missing in action, Pence said, "The United States will leave no one behind."
Before speaking, Pence presented a flag that accompanied the August return of U.S. remains from North Korea to (Ret.) Col. Richard Dean II of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation.
Moments after the flag was presented, a soldier played taps at the ceremony.
The Foundation plans to build a Korean War Wall of Remembrance on the National Mall to pay tribute to the 36,574 Americans who gave their lives during the war, which begin almost 70 years ago and ended in an armistice three years later.
The wall of remembrance will also list the number of wounded and missing-in-action.