Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon lauded U.S. President Donald Trump's speech at the National Assembly on Wednesday, saying the address portrayed South Korea's modern history in the "most beautiful" way ever.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers an address before South Korea's National Assembly on Nov. 8. (Yonhap)U.S. President Donald Trump delivers an address before South Korea's National Assembly on Nov. 8. (Yonhap)
In the address, Trump heaped praises on the Asian ally for rebuilding itself from the ashes of the 1950-53 Korean War into one of the world's largest economies, saying "something miraculous happened on the southern half of this peninsula" over the next two generations after the war.
Trump also spoke about how South Korea transformed into a democracy after decades of authoritarian rule as well as how the country overcame the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s and how much contribution it is making now to make the world a better place.
"Today's address by President Trump praised South Korea's modern history in the most beautiful and easy language ever among foreign-language writings and expressions," Lee said during a meeting with next-generation leaders of overseas Koreans.
"Perhaps, even a South Korean would not have done such beautiful writing," he said. "President Trump didn't lie. Actually, your homeland, the Republic of Korea, realized such surprising changes over the past 70 years."
Trump's speech marked the first time in 24 years that a U.S. president has addressed the National Assembly. The 35-minute address drew 22 interruptions for applause, and lawmakers and other members of the audience gave him a standing ovation after the speech.(Yonhap News)