By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and South Korea's new leader Park Geun-hye (goon-hay) hope to present a strong front against North Korea's nuclear threats when they meet at the White House on Tuesday. But they also want to leave the door open to talks with Pyongyang (pyuhng-yahng).
Park has had something of a baptism of fire since she took office in February, two weeks after North Korea's latest atomic test ratcheted up tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula and undermined hopes of forging a more trusting relationship with a difficult neighbor.
In Washington, Park is assured a warm reception on a visit that also marks the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korean alliance. Her Oval Office meeting will be followed Wednesday by an address to a joint meeting of Congress.
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