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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." ...

Welcoming remarks by President Lee Myung-bak at the OEC...
Jun 17, 2008
The Honorable Secretary-General Angel Gurría of OECD, ministers from around the world, global business leaders and specialists, It is my great pleasure to meet you all here today. On behalf of the Korean people and netizens, I extend to all of you my wholehearted welcome to the Republic of Korea. It ...

Remarks by President Lee myung-bak at the 8th ASEM Fina...
Jun 16, 2008
Distinguished finance ministers from 43 Asia-Europe Meeting member countries, commissioners of the European Commission and representatives from many other international organizations, I wholeheartedly congratulate you on the 8th ASEM Finance Ministers' Meeting today. On behalf of the Korean people, I extend to all ...

Remarks by President Lee Myung-bak on the 21st annivers...
Jun 10, 2008
Read by Minister Won Sei-hoon of Public Administration and Security at a ceremony at the Seoul Press Center commemorating the June 10 Democratic Struggle June 10, 2008 Fellow citizens and democratization activists gathered here today, Standing up against the authoritarian regime 21 years ago, we joined forc...

Address by President Lee Myung-bak on the 53rd Memorial...
Jun 06, 2008
The People and I Should Be United with One Mind Fellow Koreans, We all are gathered here today with a solemn heart on the 53rd Memorial Day. With all due respect, I pray for the repose of the souls of our patriotic forefathers and guardian spirits of the nation. They sacrificed themselves to found this nati...

Opening remarks by President Lee at a joint press confe...
May 29, 2008
Thank you very much. The Korean saying, "When a rooster crows at dawn in Qingdao, it can be heard in Incheon" well illustrates how close Korea and China are to each other. The fact that bilateral relations between the two countries have been elevated to a strategic cooperative partnership today repres...

President Lee's remarks after summit with President Hu ...
May 27, 2008
Thank you very much. The Korean saying, "When a rooster crows at dawn in Qingdao, it can be heard in Incheon" well illustrates how close Korea and China are to each other. The fact that bilateral relations between the two countries have been elevated to a strategic cooperative partnership today repres...

Towards a renewed partnership of shared values, friends...
Apr 17, 2008
Speech by President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea at the Gala Dinner of the U.S.-Korea Business Council President Thomas Donohue, Chairman William Rhodes, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for your warm welcome. It gives me great pleasure to be here with the leaders ...

Address to the nation by President Lee Myung-bak before...
Apr 13, 2008
Fellow Koreans,   I stand here today with a solemn and grateful mind.   The Korean people gave me a landslide victory in the presidential election last December, and in the general election this time, they gave the ruling party a majority of seats in the National Assembly. They have paved the way for the ...