Ex-U.S. President George Bush to attend memorial service for late president Roh

SEOUL, Former U.S. President George W. Bush plans to visit South Korea next week to attend a memorial service to mark the 10th anniversary of former President Roh Moo-hyun's death, an official said Monday.

Bush is expected to participate in the memorial event to be held on May 23 at Bongha Village in Gimhae, some 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul, hometown of the late president, according to a foundation set up in honor of Roh.

Bush was Roh's U.S. counterpart during the South Korean president's presidency from 2003 to 2008.

"His attendance of the memorial service has been confirmed. We will reveal details later this week," an official at the Roh Moo-hyun foundation said.

In May 2009, Roh jumped to his death off a cliff behind his retirement home amid a widening probe by prosecutors over allegations that members of his family accepted illicit funds.

Bush's planned visit is believed to be arranged by local arms manufacturer Poongsan Corp., which has long ties with the Bush family.

He reportedly will visit Seoul for affairs related to the company. Bush's side is believed to have expressed his intent to participate in the memorial service through the company.

The Korean company is known to have built friendly relations with Republicans.

An official at Poongsan declined to reveal details about Bush's trip.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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