President Obama Arrives in South Korea During East Asia Tour

President Barack Obama can expect the warmest reception of his swing through East Asia Thursday morning when he meets South Korea's conservative President Lee Myung-bak – a welcome contrast to tense summits in China and Japan as well as talks with other Asian leaders at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Singapore.

The visiting U.S. president is expected to give his support to the principle of the "grand bargain" to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, proposed by Lee during his visit to the U.S. in September.

Lee and Obama will also share views on how to fast-track ratification of the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement in both countries which has been put on hold since negotiations concluded in 2007.