Obama offers deepest sympathy to South Korea

People gather at Danwon High School to mourn and pray with candles for students of the school who are among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in Ansan on April 17, 2014US President Barack Obama on Thursday offered “deepest sympathies” to the families of the victims of a ferry sinking in South Korea, from which nearly 300 people, mostly children, are missing. “The bonds of friendship between the American and Korean people are strong and enduring,” Obama said in a statement also offering the condolences of his wife Michelle. “South Korea is one of our closest allies, and American Navy personnel and US Marines are already on the scene assisting with the search and rescue efforts.” “As I will underscore on my visit to Seoul next week, America’s commitment to our ally South Korea is unwavering -— in good times and in bad.”

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