November 19th, 2009
07:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama wraps up 4-nation tour of Asia


President Obama greeted US troops at Osan Air Base, south of Seoul, Thursday. (Getty Images)

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - President Obama wrapped up an eight-day tour of Asia on Thursday, holding talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and speaking to American troops at Osan Air Base.

Nuclear negotiations involving North Korea and Iran highlighted a news conference held by the leaders.

Obama announced that he will send American envoy Stephen Bosworth to North Korea on December 8 for bilateral talks on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear program.

"If North Korea is prepared to take concrete and irreversible steps to fulfill its obligations and eliminate its nuclear weapons program, the United States will support economic assistance and help promote its full integration into the community of nations," Obama said. "That opportunity and respect will not come with threats. North Korea must live up to its obligations."

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  1. turn them loose

    let the Japanese and S. Koreans at them

    they would make short work of the N. Koreans and save the U.S. a lot of money and labor

    November 19, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. George W Bush = Worst President Ever

    Well done, but hurry home President Obama. We are proud of you!

    November 19, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. Eleanor

    I am so very, very proud of our handsome, intelligent and well-spoken president! It is so nice to once again have a fine, gentlemanly and noble person representing the best of America abroad! One that knows that a bow of respect to an Emperor is not only culturally sensitive and appropriate, but that also one that knows how to provide firm yet diplomatic negotiation of the human right's abuses in totalitarian states. What a wonderful change from the 8 dreadful years of Bush buffoonery! God bless President Barack Obama and the United States of America! We are so proud of you, Mr. Obama! Thank you, for being our president.

    November 19, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't care what anyone says, this President cares about our troops. Everytime he goes abroad, he takes the time out to visit with them. Back home he is making sure that bills ar put in place to take care of them when they return home from their tour(s) of duty. Many of our citizens in uniform have commented on how he is the first President that they've seen be on site to meet the returning dead. Thank you sir, you're doing a great job, do not despair.

    November 19, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. Money, money, money . . .

    I smell a monetary bribe coming . . . and more taxes for America! And this is EXACTLY what North Korea wanted all along! Yeah, OBama - great way to increase our "standing" in the world - I get it!

    November 19, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. SocialismBad

    Another huge waste of time showcasing our weak and apologetic President. Obama is in the business of promoting Obama with his perpetual; campaigning and these excessive overseas trips. I guess all the problems of our country have been solved.

    Oh yeah Obama, take your time on that Afghanistan troop decision. I mean it's not like people are dying, right?! I guess he's trying to figure out how he can vote "present". Truly sad and pathetic. A real non-leader.

    November 19, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    these soldiers respect our president .. see the smiles .just like mine ,and most of america that has a brain between there ears. LOL

    November 19, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Just let President Obama be President!

    I love your photo of President Obama, even though I am not a big fan of his policies. There are just too many nagative people out there that need to move on and let President Obama be PRESIDENT. I know he means well...

    November 19, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |