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Saenuri Party Chairman Kim Moo-Sung
to Visit Washington DC, NYC, LA

His 10-Day Visit to America Seen to Spruce Up His Image as Presidential Candidate
Saenuri Party Chairman Kim Moo-Sung

South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party Chairman Kim Moo-Sung will embark on his 10-day trip to the United States on July 25, 2015 to meet with top US politicians.

Kim, widely considered as the most favored presidential candidate within the ruling camp, will meet with Chairman Ed Royce of House Foreign Affairs Committee, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work, and UN Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-Moon during his seven-night and 10-day visit to America.

Local news media report that Kim's visit to the US is aimed at consolidating his position as ruling party's candidate for the next presidential election.

Accompanied by Chairwoman Na Kyung-Won of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee and a dozen of other ruling party lawmakers, Kim will visit Washington DC, LA, and New York City, holding talks with US politicians and meeting with Korean residents.

In Washington DC Kim will have a dinner gathering with American veterans of the Korean War (1950-53). He will also visit US think tanks including the Woodrow Wilson Center.

The ruling party leader will deliver an English-language speech at the US research center in the US capital and at Columbia University in New York.

Kim also wishes to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Vice US President Joe Biden, and House Speaker John Boehner. Kim's office is still organizing talks with them.

Kim's other entourage include Rep. Kim Jung-hoon, the party's chief policymaker; Rep. Kim Hack-yong, Kim's chief of staff; Rep. Kim Young-Woo, Saenuri Party spokesman; Rep. Lee Gun-Hyun, Rep. Kang Suk-Ho, Rep. Chang Yoon-Suk, Rep. Shim Yoon-Jo, Rep. Kim Jong-Hoon, and Rep. Yang Chang-Young.

Too much concerned about the contents of his speech Kim rejected the original draft written by Saenuri Secretariat, according to a local daily.

Instead, Kim asked the former Rep. Chung Ok-Im, a scholar of international relations, to revise the draft of his speech. For this Chung was appointed Kim's special diplomatic advisor. Chung will accompany Kim on his trip to America.

Earlier in 2005 the current President Park Geun-Hye, back then a major presidential candidate of the ruling party, also made a trip to the US, meeting with top US politicians.






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