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Democratic Leader In U.S. Will Visit

Jan 08,2001
Richard Gephardt, leader of the Democratic Party in the U.S. House of Representatives, will visit Seoul on Thursday and is expected to meet President Kim Dae-jung and Defense Minister Cho Seong-tae, a government official said Monday.

During his visit, he is likely to seek cooperation from Seoul officials to select the U.S. F-15 as the next-generation fighter of the Korean Air Force.

The choice has triggered fierce competition among the world's leading next-generation fighters, including the the French Rafale and the Russian Su-37.

Since the Korean Air Force invited bids for the project, leading arms suppliers, including the Boeing Co. in the United States, have pressed their plans for the fighter.


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