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Radio and internet address to the nation by President L...
Jun 27, 2011
Good morning, fellow Koreans, I watched a sad story about three siblings on TV in April; it broke my heart. The children had to make do with free samples of food at discount stores, travel in subway trains aimlessly all day long and sleep in a public restroom in a park at night. They had never enrolled in school...

Radio and internet address to the nation by President L...
Jun 13, 2011
Good morning, fellow Koreans, Recently, various corruption scandals have erupted, and I am well aware of your deep concerns. Corruption has been embedded in our society for a long time. It is also true that we have not keenly recognized the gravity of the problem because of the thinking that corruption is more or le...

Radio and internet address to the nation by President L...
May 16, 2011
Good morning, fellow Koreans, I am now on the plane going back home after wrapping up a weeklong trip to Germany, Denmark and France. The tour this time saw a couple of fruitful results: economic cooperation with Europe is expected to be further strengthened following the effectuation of the Korea-EU FTA on July ...

Radio and internet address to the nation by President L...
May 02, 2011
      Good morning, fellow Koreans, It is now May and flowers are blossoming. It is the Month of the Family when we celebrate Children’s Day, Parents’ Day and Married Couple’s Day. The family is both the foundation of our lives and the source of our happiness. Family bonds and l...

Radio and internet address to the nation by President L...
Apr 18, 2011
Good morning, fellow Koreans. Though a bit late this year, flowers are now in full bloom. Many would consider this to be the best time to go on a spring outing, but there are those who find it difficult to so. Many people with physical disabilities cannot readily go out on such outings because of their physical cond...

Radio and internet address to the nation by President L...
Apr 04, 2011
Good morning, fellow Koreans, Last week, there was a signing ceremony at Cheong Wa Dae for the promulgation of the revision to the Agricultural Cooperatives Act. As President, I held the special ceremony to sign the revised act because it has enormous historic significance. The complete overhaul of the 50-year old s...

Radio and internet address to the nation by President L...
Mar 21, 2011
Good morning, fellow Koreans,       Many precious lives have been lost because of the recent catastrophic earthquake in Japan. It was an act of nature beyond human control. As soon as a memorial altar was set up in the Embassy of Japan in Seoul, I went there to convey my deepest sympathy to the Japan...

Radio and internet address to the nation by President L...
Mar 07, 2011
Good morning, fellow Koreans, On March 4, a total of 5,309 young cadets were newly commissioned as proud officers of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces on the parade field of Gyeryong-dae, the combined headquarters of the Army, Navy and Air Force. It was the first time to hold a joint commissioning ceremony since th...

Radio and internet address to the nation by President L...
Feb 21, 2011
    Good morning, fellow Koreans, On Liberation Day last year, I put forward “fair society” as a new national vision. I did so because Korea will be able to become an advanced nation in a true sense only when our society not only makes quantitative growth but also takes a qualitative step f...

Radio and internet address to the nation by President L...
Feb 07, 2011
Good morning, fellow Koreans, I hope all of you enjoyed the long Lunar New Year holidays with your family. It was fortunate that the cold weather eased when the holidays began. We have had an unusually cold winter this year. This cold spell was the longest in 104 years since meteorological record keeping started ...