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Korea-Poland Summit (July 2009)
In Poland, the first destination of the presidential trip, President Lee Myung-bak and Polish President Lech Kaczynski held summit talks on July 8 and agreed to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in energy and defense industry sectors.

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Korea-Japan Summit (June 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso agreed on June 28 to arrange for a five-way consultation, involving South Korea, Japan, China, the United States and Russia, to realize the denuclearization of North Korea. During the summit, the two leaders reaffirmed the existing view that North Korea's possession of nuclear would weaponry not be tolerated, stressing the importance of UN member nations' implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874 that urges North Korea to cease its threat of nuclear tests or missile launches.

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Korea-U.S. Summit (June 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and U.S. President Barack Obama held summit talks on June 16 in Washington, D.C. and agreed to take joint measures to respond to the North Korean nuclear threat, sharing an understanding that a nuclear North Korea is unacceptable. They adopted "The Joint Vision for the Alliance of the Republic of Korea and the United States" and declared that the two countries will work together to achieve the complete and verifiable elimination of North Korea's nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, as well as ballistic missile programs, and to promote respect for the fundamental human rights of the North Korean people.

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ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit (June 2009)
To celebrate the 20-year-long dialogue relationship between Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the leaders of the ASEAN countries gathered on Jeju Island to attend the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit on June 1 and 2, 2009. Korea and the 10 Southeast Asian countries signed a free trade agreement (FTA) on investment on June 2, aiming at removing tariffs, bolstering bilateral trade between the two regions and improving transparency. Korea and ASEAN also issued a separate joint press statement against the North Korea's nuclear test.

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Korea-Kazakhstan Summit (May 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev held summit talks in Astana on May 13. At the summit, the two leaders adopted an "action plan" aiming at boosting the bilateral cooperation in various sectors, including energy and economy by upgrading their countries relationship into a "strategic partnership".

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Korea-Uzbekistan Summit (May 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Uzbek leader Islam Karimov held a summit in Tashkent on May 11. At the summit, the two leaders issued a 12-point statement and agreed to build a win-win cooperation partnership and enhance energy and economic cooperation, stressing the strategic partnership between the two countries.

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Korea-China-Japan Summit (April 2009)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso held a trilateral summit in Pattaya, Thailand, on Apr. 11. At the summit, the three leaders agreed to send a strong message to North Korea as soon as possible and to find ways to deal with the communist state's recent provocation through the United Nations Security Council.

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Korea-China Summit (April 2009)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held a bilateral summit at the Dusitani Hotel in Thailand, on Apr. 11. At the summit, President Lee welcomed the Chinese Premier’s suggestion to maintain the trade volume between Korea and China at the level of 2008’s. Meanwhile Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to cooperate with Korea in financial cooperation and the surveillance of international financial system, in efforts to recover from the financial crisis.

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Summits in New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia (March 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak visited New Zealand on Mar. 3-4, where he held a summit with Prime Minister John Key. They discussed the start of Korea-New Zealand FTA negotiations, cooperation on recyclable and bio energies, and green industry development. President Lee visited Australia on Mar. 4-6. The bilateral summit he had with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd dealt with a free trade deal, human resources and cultural exchanges, and cooperation in carbon emission reduction and climate change. From Mar. 6 to 8, President Lee visited Indonesia, where he talked with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on cooperation in oil field and other issues, including regional cooperation.

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Korea-Japan Summit (Jan 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Prime Minister Taro Aso held a summit on on Jan. 12 in Seoul. They pledged to build a cooperative bilateral relationship based on a correct understanding of history for a future-oriented, mature partnership They also discussed on ways to promote substantial cooperation in economic affairs, expand cultural and personnel exchanges, and join efforts in issues concerning the Korean Peninsula.