TIME Interview with South Korea's President

Jae-Hyun Kim for TIME

South Korea's President Lee Myung Bak was ready to engage on a wide range of issues when he met TIME's Michael Elliott, Michael Schuman and Jennifer Veale. Here are excerpts from the one-hour interview:

There have been reports that the food situation in North Korea is getting very bad. Can you tell us what you know?
As for how serious it is, I don't think anybody has a 100% accurate assessment. But our basic principle is that the people in North Korea should not go through such dismal conditions because of...

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