U.S. President Barack Obama is likely to skip Korea during his tour of Asia in April. Obama is expected to visit only Japan, the Philippines and Malaysia, according to experts writing in the Washington Post on Friday.
"Visiting key treaty allies Tokyo and Manila, while skipping another key ally, [Korea], on Obama's first trip to Asia of his second term would be an embarrassment for President Park Geun-hye, particularly given how prickly relations are between Tokyo and Seoul," wrote Korea policy wonks Richard Armitage, Victor Cha and Michael Green.
The article was headed, "Obama should add Seoul to his Asia itinerary."
No concrete itinerary has been published yet.
A government official here said, "We're worried that Obama would give further momentum to Shinzo Abe's lurch to the far right if he visits Japan but skips Korea."