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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...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
May 17, 2010
Good morning, fellow Koreans,A beautiful season of fresh green has snuck up on us again. Even though all of us have had heavy hearts this spring because of the Cheonan tragedy, I would like to speak about bright and hopeful things today for a change.Recently, there has been a series of good news about the Korean econom...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
May 03, 2010
Good morning, fellow Koreans, This is truly the beautiful month of May when there are a number of meaningful days to celebrate, including Children’s Day, Parents’ Day and Teachers’ Day. Marking such a significant month, I would like to speak with you about gratitude. This past weekend, I visited...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Apr 19, 2010
Fellow Koreans, this is truly a time of profound sorrow and great shock. The stern of the sunken navy ship, Cheonan, was recovered last week. Our eyes filled with tears as we watched the salvage operation; one by one, our boys were removed from the ship covered in our national flag, the Taegeukgi. My heart is tor...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Apr 05, 2010
Good morning, fellow Koreans, Our navy ship, the Cheonan, sank on March 26. As of this moment, 45 of our brave sailors are still missing. I can't sleep thinking about our sailors who are still trapped inside the sunken ship in cold waters. Their families are suffering deep grief beyond our imagination. No words of s...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Mar 22, 2010
The following is a press release dated Mar. 22.   Good morning, fellow Koreans, Within just one year, we have bid a final farewell to two of our most beloved and revered religious leaders. Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan left us a year ago, and the week before last the Venerable Beopjeong passed away. Once ...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Mar 08, 2010
The following is a press release dated Mar. 8. Good morning, fellow Koreans, Earlier this year, Cheong Wa Dae held online contests to encourage the public to post their “Letters to the President” on its website. This event was designed so that I could listen directly to the voice of the people a...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Feb 22, 2010
  Good morning, fellow Koreans,   Throughout the last week, I was thrilled to hear news from Vancouver.  All of you must have felt the same. Our young athletes have been truly awesome. I was overwhelmed, indeed, by the calm and composed manner in which our athletes competed against other world-class...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Feb 08, 2010
  Good morning, fellow Koreans, Today, I would like to share with you some insights on my recent visit to Davos, Switzerland to participate in the World Economic Forum 2010. The Davos Forum is well known for its influential discussions that have hitherto made a consequential impact in the shaping of the glo...