South Korea pushing for Obama's Seoul visit ahead of U.S. Secretary of State's arrivalUpdated: 2014-02-04 AM 6:28:32 (KST)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is reportedly planning to visit South Korea later this month to discuss security issues on the Korean peninsula and ways to deal with potential provocations from North Korea.
At a security forum in Munich on Saturday, Kerry announced his plans to visit China in two weeks to work on the North Korean issue.
South Korean government sources say the U.S. top diplomat is likely to pay a visit to Seoul before or after his trip to Beijing.
That would put Kerry in Seoul some time during the third week of this month right before the joint South Korea-U.S. Key Resolve military exercises are scheduled to start in Korea.
Could his trip be followed up by a visit from U.S. President Barack Obama a couple months later?
Citing U.S. and Japanese officials, the Yomiuri Shimbun reports that President Obama will be making stops in Japan, the Philippines and Malaysia during a tour of the region in April.
He is reportedly considering a visit to Seoul as well.
Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the territorial disputes with China and Japan and the denuclearization of North Korea.
President Obama had to cancel his trip to Southeast Asia in Octoberdue to the federal shutdown in the United States.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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