Obama Visit to South Korea Tinged by Mourning

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) President Barack Obama's visit to South Korea is being tinged by the nation's mourning over this month's ferry disaster.

Obama was due at the Blue House, the South Korean equivalent of America's White House, on Friday for an evening of talks with President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay).

Park has been consumed by the April 16 maritime disaster, which could color the economic and security agenda she had been expected to highlight for Obama.

The majority of the 300 dead or missing victims were from a high school near the capital of Seoul.

Most of the ferry's 29-member crew survived. Eleven of them, including the captain, have been arrested on suspicion of negligence or abandoning people in need as the ferry sank. Park recently likened their behavior to murder.


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