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    Obama Visits US Troops at DMZ

    Will meet with South Korean president Sunday

    US President Barack Obama during his arrival at Osan Air Base, in South Korea, Sunday, March, 25, 2012.
    US President Barack Obama during his arrival at Osan Air Base, in South Korea, Sunday, March, 25, 2012.

    U.S. President Barack Obama visited American troops guarding the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas Sunday and told them they are a long line of soldiers who have enabled South Korea to prosper.

    Mr. Obama told about 50 American soldiers that South Korean President Lee Myung-bak had once confided that he was able to rise from poverty as a child, to a successful career thanks in large part to America's military aid and support.

    The U.S. commander-in-chief said he could not be prouder of what the soldiers do.

    Mr. Obama landed at a U.S. air base south of Seoul early Sunday. He plans to meet with President Lee later in the day.

    North to Launch Rocket

    North Korea's announced plan to launch what it calls an observation satellite on a long-range rocket next month is expected to dominate the nuclear security summit of more than 50 nations this week.

    The U.N., U.S., European Union, Russia and Japan have warned North Korea that the plan is in violation with U.N. resolutions, and urged Pyongyang to abandon the plan.  Even North Korea's ally China has expressed concern that such a rocket launch would undermine stability in the region.

    The United States has said the launch would cancel an agreement with North Korea to send it a large shipment of U.S. food aid in exchange for halting its nuclear and long-range missile programs.

    North Korea announced Saturday it would hold an annual parliamentary session April 13 amid preparations for the rocket launch.

    Obama Visit to DMZ to Support Troops

    Deputy U.S. National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said last week that the main points of the DMZ visit are to show support for the more than 28,000 U.S. troops serving in Korea and to stress the U.S. security alliance with South Korea.

    Rhodes said the president's message to North Korea is the same as it has been throughout his administration, that by meeting its obligations and denuclearizing, Pyongyang can follow a clear path to better relations with the international community.

    The DMZ is considered one of the most dangerous places on earth, with heavily-armed North and South Korean forces aligned against one another.  The two have remained in a formal state of war since an armistice ended combat in the Korean War in 1953.

    The White House says while in South Korea, Mr. Obama will hold various bilateral meetings, including talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.  Mr. Obama also plans to meet with the leaders of Kazakhstan, Russia, South Korea and Turkey on the sidelines of the summit.  He is also expected to meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to review efforts to support an Afghan-led reconciliation process with the Taliban.

    Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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