U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to attend a major event in July to commemorate the Korean War, a U.S. military official said Wednesday.
The Pentagon's 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee has extended an invitation for Obama to deliver a keynote speech at the ceremony to be held on July 27 in Washington, Army Col. David J. Clark, head of the committee, told Yonhap News Agency.
"We are optimistic" despite the president's busy schedule, he said in an interview at his office.
If Obama joins the Korean War commemoration event, he would become the first U.S. president to do so.
In 2006, then-Vice President Dick Cheney took part in the Armistice Day ceremony. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta attended last year's event.
Clark's committee was set up in 2010 under the Defense Authorization Act to lead efforts to reach out to Korean War veterans and publicize the historic significance of the so-called "forgotten war."
The Senate recently adopted a resolution designating 2012-2013 as the "Year of the Korean War Veteran." A similar bill is pending in the House.
According to the U.S. government, 36,573 American troops were killed in the Korean war, with 103,284 others wounded.
The three-year ended in 1953 with an armistice, not a formal peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically at war.