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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...

A great people with new dreams
Aug 15, 2008
Address by president Lee Myung-bak on the 63rd anniversary of national liberation and the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Korea "A Great People with New Dreams" A Great People, a History of Miracles Fellow citizens, Korean compatriots residing overseas, patriots and veterans wh...

Opening remarks by President Lee Myung-bak at a joint p...
Aug 06, 2008
The following is the opening remarks by President Lee Myung-bak at a joint press conference following a summit with President George W. Bush of the United States of America. I wholeheartedly welcome President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and Ms. Barbara Bush to Korea. I met President Bush today for the t...

Full text of President Lee's National Assembly address
Jul 11, 2008
The following is the official English full text of President Lee Myung-bak's address given Friday at the opening ceremony of the newly elected National Assembly. Congratulatory Remarks on the Opening of the 18th National Assembly My fellow Koreans, the Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly H.E. Mr. Kim Hyu...

Remarks by H.E. LEE Myung-bak, President of the Republi...
Jul 09, 2008
His Excellency Yasuo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan, Distinguished colleagues, Climate change is indeed a daunting challenge that could threaten our very existence but it has also allowed us to remind ourselves that we, as a global community living on planet earth, share a common destiny. Colleagues, I...

Remarks by President Lee Myung-bak on the occasion of t...
Jul 09, 2008
Prime Minister Fukuda, Distinguished colleagues, During the morning session, I spoke about climate change. Now, I would like to share with you some of my thoughts on energy security. As underlined at the Conference held in Saudi Arabia on June 22nd, the high price of oil is now a cause of concern not only f...

Opening statement by President Lee Myung-bak at a speci...
Jun 19, 2008
My fellow Koreans, On the night of June 10 when the streets of Gwanghwamun were lit with numerous candles, I gazed out upon those endless lines of flames from the hill behind Cheong Wa Dae. In the outcries of the protesters, I could hear the tune of one of my favorite old popular songs, "Morning Dew." ...