Rice greeted by protests in S.Korea

July 9, 2004 at 6:25 AM
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SEOUL, July 9 (UPI) -- U.S. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was greeted Friday by anti-American protests upon arriving in South Korea.

Rice flew into Seoul, the last leg of a three-nation Asian trip that took her to Japan and China earlier this week, for talks on North Korea's nuclear drive and the situation in Iraq.

Hundreds of anti-U.S. activists gathered in front of the presidential office, where Rice was meeting with President Roh Moo-hyun, to protest her visit, which they said aimed at putting pressure on Seoul to send troops to Iraq.

"No doubt, Rice's visit is aimed at pressing the (Seoul) government to dispatch troops to Iraq and to offer a bigger amount of land for U.S. troops in Korea," some 360 civic groups said in a joint statement.

Protesters also staged rallies against Rice near the government complex and the U.S. Embassy in central Seoul.

Rice was scheduled to return home later Friday after a six-hour trip during which she also met her South Korean counterpart and foreign minister.

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