Lee Tae-sik

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Lee Tae-sik
Lee Tae-sik, 2005.jpg
Lee in November 2005
South Korean Ambassador to the United States
In office
November 10, 2005 – March 2009
President Roh Moo-hyun
Lee Myung-bak
Preceded by Hong Seok-hyun
Succeeded by Han Duck-soo
South Korean Ambassador to Israel
In office
July 2000 – February 2002
President Kim Dae-jung
Personal details
Born (1945-10-26) October 26, 1945 (age 71)
Seorabeol, Southern Korea
(now Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea)
Nationality South Korean
Alma mater Seoul National University (1970)
Occupation Diplomat
Korean name
Hangul 이태식
Revised Romanization Yi Taesik
McCune–Reischauer Yi T'aesik

Lee Tae-sik (born 26 October 1945) is a South Korean diplomat.

Early life and education[edit]

Lee was born in North Gyeongsang Province and graduated from Seoul National University's Department of International Relations in 1970.


U.S. President George W. Bush welcomes Lee to the Oval Office at the White House after his appointment as ambassador.

Lee then joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and was employed as first secretary in the South Korean embassy in Washington, D.C. from 1981 to 1984. He later went on to pursue a higher degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, graduating in 1988. His first ambassadorial-rank posting was to Israel, from July 2000 to February 2002. He returned to South Korea to serve as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs until the following year when he became ambassador to the United Kingdom. In 2005 he had a brief stint back in Seoul as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, before being named as South Korea's ambassador to the U.S. in October 2005.[1] He served in that position until March 2009, when he was replaced by Han Duck-soo.[2]


  1. ^ "South Korean ambassador to the United States Tae-sik Lee to give 2008 Graduate Commencement address". Virginia Tech News. 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Diplomatic Representation for South Korea". Washington, D.C.: Office of the Chief of Protocol. 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 

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