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Radio and Internet Address to the Nation
Jul 13, 2009
Good morning, my fellow Koreans, I have just arrived in Sweden, the last leg of my visit to European countries. One goal of the visit this time was to take part in the expanded G8 summit held in Italy and to engage in discussions on issues concerning trade, climate change and the food crisis together with other...

President's remarks about his donation to society
Jul 06, 2009
Today, I am happy to announce the establishment of the "Lee Myung-bak & Kim Yoon-ok Foundation." It is a heartening and emotional moment for me because I am now able to mark a chapter of my life which has given me so much. I myself wondered many times when this day would come. My life's journey can be ...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Jun 30, 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 condolences ...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Jun 29, 2009
    Good morning, fellow Koreans, I have recently met with a lot of people in person and listened to what they had to say. I have also read carefully those writings posted on the bulletin board of the Cheong Wa Dae website. Today, I would like to talk about those postings. Many people have asked wh...

President's remarks at George Washington University in ...
Jun 17, 2009
The Honorable Steven Knapp, President of George Washington University, Dear students, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, It is great to see all of you. I must thank President Knapp once again for personally attending my Inaugural ceremony last year. I remember it was one of the coldest days in Seoul. It ...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Jun 15, 2009
    Good morning, fellow Koreans, There has been much concern about rice farming this year due to the severe spring drought. Fortunately, rain have come at an opportune time, and farmers have been able to carry on with their rice farming as usual. I am really thankful, indeed. In about an hour, I will...

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...