Apr.26 - Before leaving Seoul on Saturday, President Barack Obama said the United States did not use its military might to ''impose things'' on others, but that it would use that might if necessary to defend South Korea from any attack by the reclusive North. Sarah Toms reports.
A raucous welcome for President Barack Obama on the last stop of his South Korea trip. Obama was greeted by U.S. troops at the Yongsan garrison and a sea of mobile phones. The U.S. president's week long Asia tour comes as North Korea sends out new signals it's preparing for a fourth nuclear test. But Obama warned that the U.S. would respond to any "provocations" by Pyongyang. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BARACK OBAMA, UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, SAYING: "The 38th parallel now exists as much as a contrast between worlds as it does a border between nations. Between a society that's open and one that is closed. Between a democracy that is growing and a pariah state who would rather starve it's people than feed their hopes and dreams. That's not the result of a war that's the result of the path that North Korea has taken, a path of confrontation and provocation and pursuing the world's most dangerous weapons. And I want to be clear, the commitment that the United States of America has made to the security of the Republic of Korea only grows stronger in the face of aggression." But it's not just threats that South Koreans is facing. The country is also in mourning over the sinking of a ferry full of school children. He praised U.S. troops for help with the rescue efforts. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BARACK OBAMA, UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, SAYING: "Our hearts are broken for our Korean friends especially the loss of so many wonderful young people. But we're inspired by the tales of heroism and selflessness. The young woman who tried to make sure everyone else had a life jacket, even if it meant her own death. The man whose last words were 'I'm on my way to save the kids.' That's why America will continue to support every rescue and recovery effort and it's that spirit that allows this alliance to endure." Many of the 300 victims still haven't been found after the Sewol ferry sank off the southwestern coast.