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Readout of the President's Call with Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-Bak

THE WHITE HOUSE
 Office of the Press Secretary
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              May 25, 2009
 
Readout of the President's Call with Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak
The President spoke to Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak this evening to consult and coordinate our reaction to the North Korean nuclear test.  The two Presidents agreed that the test was a reckless violation of international law that compels action in response.  They agreed to work closely together to seek and support a strong United Nations Security Council resolution with concrete measures to curtail North Korea's nuclear and missile activities.  President Obama assured President Lee of the unequivocal commitment of the United States to the defense of the Republic of Korea.  President Obama expressed his appreciation to President Lee for the decision by the Republic of Korea to join the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI).
The President expressed his condolences to the people of Korea for the loss of President Roh Moo-hyun.