South Korean President in Los Angeles Today


South Korean President Park Geun-hye will visit Korean business leaders in Los Angeles today as she continues a five-day unity-building visit to the United States.

Park, who is traveling with a delegation of several dozen South Korean business officials, is also scheduled to attend a welcoming luncheon with Gov. Jerry Brown and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at Getty House, the mayor's official residence in Hancock Park.

Park has been in the United States since Monday, when she visited the United Nations. She met with President Barack Obama Tuesday and addressed a joint session on Congress Wednesday, thanking lawmakers for their support of South Korea and stressing that her country "will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea."

"The pattern is all too familiar and badly misguided," she told Congress. "North Korea provokes a crisis, the international community imposes a certain period of sanctions. Later it tries to patch things up by offering concessions and rewards. Meanwhile, Pyongyang uses that time to advance its nuclear capabilities, and uncertainty prevails.

"It is time we put an end to this vicious circle," she said.

Following Tuesday's meeting with Park at the White House, Obama said the United States was committed to ending that cycle.

"The days when North Korea could create a crisis and elicit concessions, those days are over," he said, insisting that nuclear threats by North Korea have not had any impact on U.S.-South Korean relations.

Park, 61, took office in February, shortly after North Korea conducted an atomic test that led to stepped-up sanctions by the United Nations. Her father was South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee. Her mother died in 1974 during a botched effort to kill her father, who was assassinated in 1979.

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