N. Korea Policy, Trade on Table as S. Korean President Visits Washington

N. Korea Policy, Trade on Table as S. Korean President Visits Washington

SEOUL, South Korea -- Washington this weekend will roll out the red carpet for the newly inaugurated president of South Korea. On Saturday (April 19), Lee Myung-bak will hold his first overseas summit with President Bush. The two will meet at Camp David, about 60 miles outside of the capital in Maryland.

A Korean leader has not visited the presidential retreat since 1942. And in the eyes of many figures inside the Bush administration, none is more deserving than Lee.

Since taking office in February, the CEO-turned-politician has pledged to break with previous South Korean administrations and embrace the 50-plus-year alliance with the United States. For the past decade, liberal South Korean leaders have sought to distance Seoul from Washington, especially regarding North Korea policy. And with that has come a wave of anti-American sentiment, a force that helped Lee's predecessor Roh Moo-hyun come virtually out of nowhere to win the presidency in 2002.

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