Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to spend most of his time in Korea this week expressing sympathy for the sunken Sewol and the loss of so many young lives. Obama will spend two days in the country from Friday.
The White House said Obama has ordered his government to do whatever it can to help with the ongoing search-and-rescue operations. An amphibious assault ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard, is already at the site of the disaster helping out and a salvage ship, the USNS Safeguard, is on its way from Thailand.
The U.S. president is also expected to assure Seoul of Washington's security commitment to the Korean peninsula and to promote bilateral economic ties.