South Korean lawmakers, meanwhile, are looking for a breakthrough on the defense cost issue at the parliamentary level.
Rival party floor leaders depart for Washington to discuss sharing of defense costs
This morning, the floor leaders of South Korea's three largest parties the ruling Democratic Party, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party and the centrist Bareunmirae Party left for Washington for a five-day trip to explain the National Assembly's stance.
Speaking to reporters at the airport, the lawmakers said they would stress the importance of maintaining a strong alliance, and demand a reasonable and fair share of the defense burden.
The three will meet with their counterparts at the upper and lower houses and speak with State Department officials including Washington's Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun