It was clear there was warmth between President Obama and President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea when the two met in Seoul Thursday. But if there was any doubt, the two laid that to rest when they hugged at the end of their joint press conference. It’s not clear who initiated it, but it didn’t seem to be a problem for either side. Take a look:

 

 

There’s a lot of back-slapping and hand-shaking at these types of events, but the full-on embrace is rare. I guess that’s what you call direct diplomacy.