SEOUL, South Korea - Hard-charging former businessman Lee Myung-bak took
the oath of office as South Korea's new president Monday, vowing to revitalize the economy, strengthen relations with the U.S. and deal with nuclear-armed North Korea.
The conservative, pro-U.S. Lee, nicknamed "The Bulldozer" for the can-do image he honed as a construction company CEO and later as mayor of Seoul, was sworn into office in a colorful outdoor ceremony at the National Assembly in the presence of tens of thousands of onlookers.
"Economic revivalis our most urgent task," Lee said in his inauguration speech.
NVDL: I may be travelling to Seoul at the end of April for a few days on a writing assignment.