US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived Thursday in South Korea on a bid to press Seoul to support efforts to sanction North Korea for its nuclear test that rattled the world.
Rice's trip is part of a regional tour to rally support for a UN Security Council resolution with tough action by the countries who are the North's main trade partners. South Korea has previously been reluctant to inflame the North, maintaining its policy of reconciliation that has led to unprecedented cooperation between the former wartime foes.
There were signs before Rice arrived, however, that Seoul's patience has run out.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Thursday that Seoul has decided to halt subsidies to a joint tourism venture to the North's Diamond Mountain that has been operating since 1998. The report, which didn't cite any source, also said the South was planning to inspect cargo heading to North Korea, and also to inspect North Korean ships stopping at South Korean ports.