March 21st, 2012
01:11 AM ET

Obama to make first visit to Korean demilitarized zone

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the demilitarized zone that splits the Korean Peninsula in two for the first time on Sunday.

His planned visit to the heavily fortified border is part of a three-day trip to South Korea to participate in a summit meeting about nuclear security in Seoul.

Top officials from 54 countries including China and Russia will attend the summit meeting next week, but its message of international cooperation has been overshadowed by North Korea's announcement last week that it is planning to carry out a rocket-powered satellite launch in April.

South Korea has said it considers the satellite launch an attempt to develop a nuclear-armed missile, while the United States has warned the move would jeopardize a food-aid agreement reached with Pyongyang in early March.

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  1. AMERICA 1st

    Another useless trip wasting taxpayers money. Hasnt that knuckle dragging simian wasted enough taxpayer money? Apparently it hasnt wasted enough!

    March 21, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • jack

      did you even read the article? There is a summit in Seoul. He isn't going on vacation. Also the DMZ is not a waste. It is a big deal that not only effects South Korea but the United Sates as well. How about you learn about international issues and there effects on the US before spitting out nonsense.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • jack

      DMZ is def. the real thing. If you cross the dmz line to go into North Korea you will either be shot by South Korea or arrested by North Korea... and good luck coming back. I did a tour in Korea and I am suprised that the president would even visit the DMZ considering the danger.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      If you were truly for America 1st, you would put aside you bigoted hatred for the sitting POTUS and realize that your vitriol is making you more contemptable every day.
      You are the biggest troll here, and that's saying a *lot*!

      March 21, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    @ AMERICA lst, they need to deport your ass over there just for that *knuckle draggin* comment!

    March 21, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. CenTexan©

    @ jack, I am with you...I went to the DMZ twice when I was stationed in Korea. It is a very scary place to be. I admire the president for having the guts to go there. Although, I do believe the north Koreans wouldn't be bold enough to harm him.

    March 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
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