April 25 - U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Seoul for a visit amid concerns North Korea may be planning a fourth nuclear test. Sarah Toms reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Seoul for a visit amid mounting concern that North Korea may be planning another nuclear test. South Korea rolled out the red carpet for Obama, on the second stop of his Asian tour, arriving from Japan. Top of the agenda is set to be talks with South Korean leader Park Geun-hye on North Korea after reports of activity at a nuclear test site there. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "The United States and South Korea stand shoulder to shoulder, both in the face of Pyongyang's provocations and in our refusal to accept a nuclear North Korea. Threats will get North Korea nothing other than greater isolation." North Korea has carried out three nuclear tests in the past. The last one in February 2013 triggered months of heightened tension on the Korean peninsula. During his South Korean tour, Obama is also expected to discuss Seoul's ties with Japan. The US wants its two main Asian allies to work together to tackle North Korea's nuclear ambitions. But rows over disputed islands and unresolved historical tensions have severely strained the Tokyo-Seoul relationship. Obama's visit comes as South Koreans are wracked in mourning over the sinking of a ferry full of schoolchildren. He and Park observed a minute's silence for the victims. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "I'm a father of two daughters of the same age, or close to the same age as those who were lost and so I can only imagine what the parents are going through at this point, the incredible heartache." More than 300 people -- mostly teenagers -- are missing presumed dead after the Sewol passenger ferry sank off the southwestern coast.