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Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Sep 06, 2010
Good morning, my fellow Koreans,   Last week, a powerful typhoon passed through Korea for the first time in 15 years. Typhoon Kompasu slammed the Peninsula hard and left us with much damage. I frequently checked on the real-time situation caused by the typhoon. Despite the efforts made by all of us, including th...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Aug 23, 2010
Good morning, my fellow Koreans, It is still hot during the day, but the period of Cheoseo, the limit of heat, is here. According to 24 solar divisions of the year, this period marks the end of hot summer. Soon we will be able to hear the songs of autumn insects in the grass. That will surely soothe our tired minds....

Address by President Lee on the 65th Anniversary of Lib...
Aug 15, 2010
Marching together toward a greater Republic of Korea   Fellow citizens, our brethren in the North and compatriots residing overseas, distinguished guests from home and abroad,   I join all Koreans in celebrating the 65th anniversary of liberation today.   I pay tribute with a solemn heart to our pa...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Aug 09, 2010
Good morning, fellow Koreans,   We are having unusually hot summer this year. I hope my message finds you well. Last week, we heard good news that made us all forget about the sweltering heat for a moment. Our women’s national soccer team proudly clinched third place in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World C...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Jul 26, 2010
Good morning, fellow Koreans, Now that the summer vacation season has started, I hope every one will be able to enjoy a pleasant vacation, refreshing your body and mind. I also recommend that the civil servants who have worked relentlessly with scarcely a break over the past two years go on summer vacation with thei...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Jul 12, 2010
Good morning, fellow Koreans,   Recently, there has been news that countries all over the world are suffering from heat waves and torrential rains due to abnormal weather conditions. Fortunately, Korea has escaped such large natural disasters unscathed over the past two years. I sincerely hope we will have anoth...

President's keynote speech at the East Asia Climate For...
Jun 16, 2010
Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,   Let me first of all congratulate the opening of the East Asian Climate Forum and also offer all of you my warmest greetings and best wishes.   I would also like to wish the very best for the newly established Global Green Growth Institute, or GGGI, which is...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Jun 14, 2010
Good morning, fellow Koreans, We all had a really exciting night last Saturday watching Korea’s World Cup match. I was holding my granddaughter and jumping up and down. We were truly moved to see our young athletes dauntlessly making their mark in the world as they did in the Winter Olympic Games. Today, I ...

President's keynote address at Shangri-la Dialogue
Jun 05, 2010
Following is the keynote address given by President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea at the 9th IISS (International Institute for Strategic Studies) Asian Security Summit, the Shangri-la Dialogue on Friday, June 4. Vision for a Global Asia and the Role of the Republic of Korea Your Excellency Prime Minister...

Special address to the nation by President Lee Myung-ba...
May 24, 2010
Fellow Koreans, I am standing here today, keenly aware that the Korean Peninsula is facing a critical turning point.   My fellow citizens,   The Cheonan was sunk by a surprise North Korean torpedo attack. Again, the perpetrator was North Korea. Their attack came at a time when the people of the Republic o...