Lee Myung-bak, South
Korean President Addresses US Congress
October 13, 2011
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has addressed a joint meeting of
the U.S. Congress, highlighting the two country's strong economic and
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak
During his speech to lawmakers Thursday, Mr. Lee thanked Congress for
passing a major trade agreement with South Korea,
Earlier, Mr. Lee and President Obama hailed the U.S.-South Korea free
trade agreement, saying it will support jobs and increase trade between
the two allies. The deal was passed by Congress on Wednesday in a rare
display of bipartisanship by the often-divided political parties. It is
expected to be worth billions of dollars to both countries' economies.
Mr. Lee received a standing ovation from Congress when he thanked U.S.
servicemen for helping to protect South Korea in the past and present.
The North Korean nuclear dispute has been at the center of talks between
the two leaders since Mr. Lee's visit began Wednesday. Both presidents
agreed that they remain united in their approach to Communist North
Mr. Lee is the guest of honor at a White House state dinner Thursday
evening. Friday, he will accompany President Obama on a visit to a
General Motors car plant in Detroit. Mr. Obama has said he would like to
see Koreans driving U.S.-built cars the way many Americans drive Korean