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Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Jun 03, 2009
  Good morning, fellow Koreans, Last week, we were faced with an unexpected and unbearably sad incident. My heart ached when I stood before the portrait of the former President and his grieving family at the funeral service held in the front courtyard of Gyeongbokgung Palace. I would like to offer my deep cond...

A keynote speech at the occasion of ASEAN-Korea CEO Sum...
May 30, 2009
Distinguished business leaders from ASEAN, Your Excellency Prime Minister Abhisit of Thailand, Your Majesty, Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Let me extend to all of you my warmest welcome for visiting the Island of Peace, the Green Island of Jeju. I also extend my warmest greetings to o...

Radio Address to the Nation by President Lee Myung-bak
May 23, 2009
Good morning, fellow Koreans,   Taxes are commonly referred to as "blood taxes," money paid with the sweat and blood of the people. The word also implies that tax money must not be wasted but must be used with special care.   With this understanding etched deep in my mind, I have aimed at savi...

Remarks by President on the occasion of C40 Large Citie...
May 19, 2009
The Honorable David Miller, Chairman of the C40 Climate Leadership Group, The Honorable Boris Johnson, Honorary Vice-Chair, Mr. Oh Sae-hoon, I thank you for the impeccable preparation and all the hard work your team has put into ensuring the success of the C40 Climate Summit. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentle...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
May 18, 2009
    Good morning, fellow Koreans, Today, I would like to share with you my thought on Korea's recent economic situation. As the economy is showing some signs of recovery these days, there are some cautious speculations here and there as to whether the worst is really behind us. A careful look tells us...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
May 04, 2009
  Good morning, fellow Koreans, May, when everything turns green, is referred to as the Month of the Family. Of course, love for one's family should be shown throughout the year, but in May, we have special days to take a moment and "officially" thank our loved ones. Children's' Day, Parents' Day an...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Apr 20, 2009
  Good morning, fellow Koreans, The severe drought that has been going on for quite a while has caused many wildfires across the country. As today happens to be Gogu, the day of "grain rain" in the lunar calendar, I truly hope that the long-awaited rain will come, refreshen the soil and help solve th...

Radio-Internet Address to the Nation by President Lee M...
Apr 07, 2009
  Good morning, fellow Koreans,   As you all know well, North Korea launched a rocket yesterday morning. Before I left for London to attend the G20 Meeting, I called for a meeting of the National Security Council and, as soon as I got back, I presided over a series of security-related meetings to check o...

Radio Address to the Nation by President Lee Myung-bak
Mar 23, 2009
  Good morning, fellow Koreans,   Taxes are commonly referred to as "blood taxes," money paid with the sweat and blood of the people. The word also implies that tax money must not be wasted but must be used with special care.   With this understanding etched deep in my mind, I have aimed...

Radio address to the nation by President Lee Myung-bak
Mar 10, 2009
    Good morning, my fellow citizens,   Now, I am on my way back to Seoul from Jakarta, Indonesia after concluding state visits to three countries -- New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia. I am recording this address on the plane, thus the sound quality is not all that good. I hope you will understa...