President Carter will visit South Korea in late June as part of his first trip to the Far East as president. White House officials announced here today.
The visit is scheduled to take place immediately following the conclusion of an economic summit conference of the United States and its principal industrial allies in Tokyo on June 28 and 29, the official said. They said details of the visit, including the length of Carter's stay, were being worked out between the two governments.
The White House officials also said that the president does not now plan to visit any other countries during his journey to japan and Korea.
One of Carter's early acts in office was to announce a major withdrawal of American troops from Korea. However, the president later cut the size of the planned withdrawal and has since said that further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Korea would be held in abeyance.
At the same time, a delegation of top Roman Catholic and Protestant mission officials met in Washington with Philip Spector of the White House staff to urge that the president not meet with South Korea President Park Chung Hee.
The church leaders carried to the White House a letter signed by 37 American missionaries serving in Korea who maintained that a "summit meeting" between Carter and Park would be "inappropriate" because of continued human rights violations by the koreans.