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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...

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 ...