Obama Warns North Korea Against Nuclear Test
U.S. President Barack Obama is in South Korea on the second leg of an Asian tour, with a warning to North Korea against conducting a fourth nuclear test.
In a newspaper interview with South Korea's JoongAng Ilbo, released just before his arrival Friday, Mr. Obama said, "If North Korea were to make the mistake of engaging in another nuclear test, it should expect a firm response from the international community."
At a joint news conference later Friday with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Mr. Obama said America's commitment to South Korea will never waiver, and the U.S. and South Korea will stand "shoulder to shoulder" against North Korean provocation.
The U.S. leader also expressed condolences to the families of the hundreds of children lost in last week's ferry accident.
Obama: May Be Time for 'Pause' in Middle East Peace Talks
U.S. President Barack Obama says it may be time for a pause in Middle East peace talks while both Israelis and Palestinians consider their options.
Mr. Obama told reporters Friday in Seoul during a visit to South Korea that it is still in the interest of both sides to seek peace, but that neither side has shown the political will to make tough decisions.
He made the comments one day after Israel's Security Cabinet decided to suspend peace negotiations with the Palestinians in response to a plan by Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas to reconcile and form a unity government.
Mr. Obama said the Palestinian decision to unite the two factions is "unhelpful," but the president said his administration will not give up on Secretary of State John Kerry's push for peace, despite the latest setback.
Following a six-hour meeting Thursday, the Israeli Cabinet said in a statement Israel will "respond to unilateral Palestinian action with a series of measures."