The U.S. president had previously suggested he could withdraw U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.
A South Korean judge will decide whether Lee should be arrested over his alleged role in a corruption scandal.
Lee is a suspect in the scandal that led to South Korea's parliament impeaching the president.
Jay Y. Lee is accused of paying bribes totaling 43 billion won ($36.42 million).
Samsung's Jay Y. Lee is implicated in a sprawling corruption investigation that has led to the impeachment of the president.
Regional stakes high given North Korea's threat to test an intercontinental ballistic missile.
It comes as the North promised further nuclear tests this year.
The issue of “comfort women” has been a longstanding sticking point in Tokyo-Seoul relations.
Daily life in North Korea at times resembles a scripted TV set, Thae said.
His 140-character posts are currently the “most effective insight” into foreign policy affairs.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his nuclear-capable country was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile.
South Korea's president could be the country's first democratically elected leader to be forced to leave office early.
Hundreds of thousands continue to crowd the streets, calling for the immediate resignation of leader ensnared in corruption scandal.
He said, if elected, he would visit rival North Korea before making a trip to South Korea's main ally, the United States.
President's disapproval rating is at 93 percent after weeks of demonstrations over an influence scandal.
U.S.-led United Nations command HQ offers lessons to 29 children in the heavily fortified zone between South and North Korea.
Scandals have put the current president of South Korea's approval rating to below five percent.
Park Geun-hye’s office said the pills were for altitude sickness.
The president is down to a 5 percent approval rating after being engulfed in an influence scandal.
Choi Soon-sil is accused of using her friendship with President Park Geun-hye to influence state affairs.