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Lee changing focus to national security issues

President Lee Myung-bak will hold fewer meetings focused on the economy and instead aim for more conferences on foreign and security issues as well as his campaign to build a “fair society,” the Blue House said yesterday.

According to presidential spokeswoman Kim Hee-jung, the Blue House has revised the scheduling of presidential meetings to include other agenda items. The number of Lee’s routine meeting with his aides on economic issues will be decreased from four sessions a month to two, Kim said. The time will be devoted to a monthly foreign affairs and security conference and another monthly gathering tied to his fair society campaign.

Kim said Lee will also hold non-regular meetings on labor and education issues.

Lee’s decision to have a routine meeting with his foreign affairs and national security officials comes in the fallout over the Yeonpyeong Island attack. The economy has been Lee’s top priority since 2008 in the aftermath of the global financial meltdown, and the president has vowed to pay more attention to national security after a year marred by violent North Korean provocations.

By Ser Myo-ja [myoja@joongang.co.kr]
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