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2012/05/10 04:00 KST
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U.S. ambassador to attend Yeosu Expo's opening

By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, May 9 (Yonhap) -- The United States government plans to send a delegation to the opening event for the Yeosu Expo in South Korea, an official said Wednesday.

   The delegation will be led by U.S. ambassador to Seoul Sung Kim, according to the State Department official.

   "Ambassador Sung Kim will represent the U.S. government at this weekend's opening ceremonies for the Yeosu Expo," said the official, who asked not to be identified.

   Kim also serves as commissioner for the U.S. pavilion at the Expo, which will open on Saturday for a three-month run in the southern coastal city of Yeosu.

   The U.S. delegation will include Jennifer Park Stout, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, according to a source.

   The Department plans to dispatch 40 American college students to Yeosu to serve as civilian envoys to promote people-to-people exchanges with visitors during the Expo period.

   Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may visit the Expo in the summer, added the source.

   The Expo, with the theme of "The Living Ocean and Coast," will be joined by 109 nations and international organizations.

   It is expected to draw several million visitors.