Obama offers condolences to families of victims in ROK ferry tragedy

Obama offers condolences to families of victims in ROK ferry tragedy
# 18 April 2014 02:48 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday conveyed his "deepest and heartfelt" condolences to the families of the victims in the sinking of a passenger ferry of the Republic of Korea (ROK), APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"Our hearts ache to see our Korean friends going through such a terrible loss, especially the loss of so many young students," Obama said in a statement issued by the White House.

The passenger ship with 475 people aboard, mostly high school students, capsized in waters off the southwest coast of ROK early Wednesday morning. Twenty people were so far confirmed dead and more than 270 others remained missing.

American Navy personnel and U.S. Marines are already on the scene assisting with the search and rescue efforts, said Obama, promising that ROK will have the "unending support" of the United States while reiterating the "unwavering" U.S. commitment to ROK, which is part of his four-nation Asian trip next week.

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