Park Postpones U.S. Trip to Focus on Stemming Spread of MERS

South Korean President Park Geun Hye postponed a trip to the U.S. to meet President Barack Obama to concentrate on stemming the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome in her country.

South Korea and the U.S. will reschedule her trip at the earliest possible time, Kim Sung Woo, chief presidential public relations adviser, said Wednesday in an online statement.

Park had been scheduled to leave Sunday for a five-day trip and meet with Obama on June 16. MERS has killed nine people and infected more than 100 in South Korea since its outbreak last month.

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