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Lee Makes 1st SKorean Trip to Burma Since 1983 Attack

14 May 2012

Burma has tightened security for the official visit of President Lee Myung-bak, the first by a South Korean leader since an assassination attempt by North Korean commandos nearly 30 years ago. Lee was scheduled to meet President Thein Sein after arriving on Monday evening in Naypyidaw. Truckloads of riot police were stationed around Rangoon, where Lee will meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday. In 1983, North Koreans targeted then-South Korean president Chun Doo-hwan in a bomb attack. He escaped injury, but four Cabinet ministers were among the 21 people killed.—AP