June 8th, 2009
03:57 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama to meet with South Korean president next week

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/08/art.boskprez0608.gi.jpg caption="President Obama previously met South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the recent G-20 summit in London."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak next week, Obama's spokesman announced Monday.

Robert Gibbs told the daily White House briefing that the June 16 meeting would focus on how the United States and South Korea can strengthen cooperation on international and regional issues. He said Obama invited Lee to visit at the G-20 summit in April.

The meeting comes amid rising tension with North Korea, which recently has conducted a nuclear test, fired test rockets and threatened U.S. and South Korean ships near its territorial waters. On Monday, two American journalists arrested in North Korea were convicted of illegal entry to the country and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Updated: 4:13 p.m.

Filed under: North Korea • President Obama
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. tj

    I voted for him, I still respect him, but I need a job....take care of your
    own back yard first.

    June 8, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Lynn

    Good ole Republicans: two policies: nationally: reduce taxes for the rich; internationslly: bomb them!! Everything in black and white; America is always right; regulations is bad; greed and pay backs are good...the list goes on

    Do you not think China, South Korea (who would be invaded first...haven't we been down that road before), Japan and Russia would have a very great say and reaction to all of you wingnuts who haven't learned from the invasion of Iraq.

    How do you fools know what the Obama Administration is doing to get those two journalists back...you will be as wrong on this issue as you were on the pirate issue. You NEVER negotiate in public.

    June 8, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Zero.

    Why! he is Nuts. They are both Nuts.

    They play being Leaders..

    June 8, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Robin

    Marilyn June 8th, 2009 4:20 pm ET

    Evidently, none of your family members were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for stepping on someone else's lawn.
    He's talking to them to get these two women back home.
    Where is your humanity? Sometimes I think half of you have lost your minds over this President.

    They were somewhere they should not have been and crossed the border into a very un-friendly country.

    It's a proven fact that we are the only country in the world that rewards people that enter illegally. I have compassion, but have to ask, what in the world were they thinking? I also would like to know where former Vice-President Gore is, since these women were reporters for his web station.

    June 8, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Leah

    LIP: You really should read the article before you comment. The leader of South Korea will be here in the United States!!

    June 8, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. RealityKing

    I sure hope he falls in love too, maybe if he compares the future distruction of SK to the current demise of Ameircan.., because the scarecrow has nothing else to offer.

    June 8, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    Dear Expat American,

    Why not surrender to an ally? Obama has surrendered to everyone else? Are you racist to think that Obama can't surrender to an Asian?

    And "Victim of Obama Victim", best stay in school. You don't sound like you're ready for the real world.

    June 8, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Abby

    Lol. Some of you need to learn the difference between NORTH and SOUTH Korea. Quick lesson fyi- North Korea, bad- South Korea, good.

    June 8, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    @ Roger, who said "DEPRESSION IS COMING BY 2011. GET READY FOLKS."

    NOTE TO ALL GOPERS: If you did not receive the talking points memo in your email, plrease re-register at the RNC website. The talking point is no longer that the recession will worsen into a depression and that Obama's actions are sending us all on a quick trip to the end of days. The talking point you're supposed to suddenly be parroting everywhere is that the signs of receovery evidenced by the most recent data and expert opinions all having nothing to do with Obama's actions. The economy is MAGIC and can fix itself. GET IT STRAIGHT!

    Thank You,
    Mitch McConnell

    June 8, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    @ Abby, who said "Quick lesson fyi- North Korea, bad- South Korea, good."

    That kind of thinking is what gets us in trouble in the first place. The world is not a black or white, either-or playground full of heroes and bad guys and the dichotomies that define righteousness. That's just a game we play to tell ourselves we're better than other people. Sure, NK is behaving like a miscreant at the moment, but if you'd read more than just the Cliff's Notes in history class, you'd know it's not because they're inherently bad people. What people really need to start trying to wrap their heads around is the FACT that bullying, threatening, sanctioning and instilling fear only results in these countries WANTING NUKES MORE. There is but one solution: make them stop feeling that they need them.

    June 8, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Polly

    I hope they have a plan regarding North Korea.

    June 8, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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