Park to visit Washington in June for a summit

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Park to visit Washington in June for a summit

President Park Geun-hye will visit the United States next month for a summit with U.S. President Barack Obama, sources from the government said Monday.

The trip, scheduled to take place in mid-June, will be Park’s third presidential visit to the United States. Park visited Korea’s most important ally in May 2013, shortly after she took office, and in September last year to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

The Blue House confirmed Monday that the two countries are coordinating her schedule.

In her upcoming meeting with Obama, Park is expected to discuss a wide range of issues concerning security affairs surrounding the Korean Peninsula as well as bilateral relations.

The summit comes at a sensitive time, just briefly after Washington and Tokyo took new steps in their relationship following Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit last month to the United States. Foreign affairs officials for the Park administration have since been at the end of criticisms that Seoul is being left out in the cooperative framework pushed by the United States in the region. Analysts have speculated that Obama will recommend that Park work to improve strained ties between Korea and Japan, possibly through a summit with Abe.

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