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Radio address to the nation by President Lee Myung-bak
Feb 09, 2009
  Good morning, fellow Koreans,   As Ipchun, the onset of spring, has just passed, the cold weather is already abating. This morning, I hope renewed energy will flow among us all like new life in the sprouting buds. I also wish that the long-awaited rain would soak those areas suffering from drought and ...

Radio address to the nation by President Lee Myung-bak
Jan 12, 2009
Good morning, fellow citizens,   Today, I would like to talk about the political crisis, which is as serious as the economic crisis facing us.   Last week, I was taken aback by foreign media reports. They all carried a flurry of pictures and footage of our National Assembly where lawmakers were wieldi...

New Year policy address to the nation by President Lee ...
Jan 02, 2009
January 02, 2009    1. Foreword: Key Questions for Administrative Priorities   My Fellow Koreans,   I wish all of you a happy, joyous New Year.   I am speaking to you from the start of the new year because I thought it would be desirable to give the nation an overview of how the...

Radio address to the nation by President Lee Myung-bak
Dec 15, 2008
  Good morning, fellow citizens,   These days, I worry so much about the news that it may be unusually cold this winter.   Recently, I read a posting on the Cheong Wa Dae website by a middle school student. Her father works so hard from dawn till late at night, but he doesn't get paid his wages ...

Greetings from President Lee Myung-bak to the 44th Join...
Dec 01, 2008
The Honorable Chairmen Nam Duck-woo of the Korea-Japan Cooperation Council and Yasuhiro Nakasone of the Japan-Korea Cooperation Council and Council members from both countries, I wholeheartedly congratulate you on the opening of the 44th Joint Meeting of the Korea-Japan/Japan-Korea Cooperation Council in Seoul and t...

Radio address to the nation by President Lee Myung-bak
Nov 17, 2008
Good morning, fellow citizens, Today, I am sending my greetings to you from Washington, D.C. It is somewhat chilly and is drizzling here in Washington as if the weather were reflecting the recent difficulties in the U.S. economy. I have just finished meetings with leaders from 20 countries. There was a heavy, ten...

A keynote speech by President Lee Myung-bak of the Repu...
Nov 15, 2008
I am very thankful to President George W. Bush for hosting this critical meeting. The honorable international leaders who spoke yesterday evening and today proved to share the view that the serious financial crisis and stagnation of the real economy that the world is now experiencing are the most serious kind since ...

Radio address to the nation by President Lee Myung-bak
Nov 03, 2008
Good morning, fellow citizens,   A few days ago, I received a phone call from the owner of a small company. After hearing his story, I felt my mind sink. As a parts supplier for a conglomerate, his business experienced difficulty stemming from soaring raw material prices, which rose as much as 50 percent this ...

Congratulatory remarks by President Lee Myung-bak at th...
Oct 15, 2008
Honorable Chairman Chang Dae-whan of Maeil Business Newspaper, former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, former Finnish Prime Minister Esko Aho, former UN Under Secretary-General Maurice Strong, and distinguished guests from home and abroad,   I wholeheartedly congra...

Opening remarks by President Lee Myung-bak of the Repub...
Aug 26, 2008
August 25, 2008 Seoul Welcoming Words First of all, I would like to extend my heartfelt welcome to President Hu Jintao who is paying a state visit to Korea immediately after the ending of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Today, I have met President Hu for the third time since his reelection and my inaugura...