U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, met earlier today Lee Myung-bak, President of the Republic of Korea. Ros-Lehtinen, who is leading a Congressional delegation to Taiwan and South Korea, also met with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ahn Ho-young, Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik, other senior officials, and members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei. Later, Ros-Lehtinen was presented an honorary degree from Hanyang University. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"The North Korean regime is one of the most brutal and dangerous in the world, and I was very pleased to have the opportunity to speak with South Korean President Lee and others about the threats posed to the U.S., to South Korea, to the region, and to the South Korean people by Pyongyang dictatorship. I also expressed my outrage at China sending those who escaped clutches of the regime back across the border to face certain death.
"President Lee understands the sinister and duplicative nature of the regime in Pyongyang. He has rightly spoken out against North Korea's horrific human rights abuses and outlaw regime, and as a result has been targeted personally for verbal attacks.
"You know you are doing what is right if you are being attacked by the enemies of freedom, democracy, and human dignity, and I thank President Lee for his continued leadership in holding North Korea accountable for its serial violations.
"I was also tremendously honored to meet with students from Hanyang Univeristy and receive an honorary degree. The greatest voices are those of our future leaders. I was honored to be able to speak before those who graduated and starting a new journey in their lives, and whose responsibility it will be to make the world a better place."