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  • President Lee Myung-bak told the BBC in an interview aired Friday from Davos, Switzerland, that a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il "could probably" take place within the year.

    Koreas talk after exchanging gunfire →

  • In his departure speech Tuesday, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who leaves office next week, said the North's increasing isolation and escalating sanctions were drawing it closer to "a dead end."

    North Korea threat triggers global backlash →

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