Lee Myung-bak to Publish Memoir Abroad

Former president Lee Myung-bak is expected to publish a memoir in English around the end of this year, according to his former media adviser Lee Dong-kwan on Wednesday.

The ex-president "plans to publish the memoir overseas," Lee Dong-kwan told the Chosun Ilbo. "He'll focus on unpublished stories of his diplomatic activities and his meetings with foreign leaders" such as former U.S. President George W. Bush and incumbent Barack Obama.

Every Monday morning, Lee Myung-bak reviews old files together with former Cabinet members and senior presidential secretaries.

Controversial domestic issues that blighted Lee's presidency will get more space in a very different Korean version to be published later.

Lee Dong-kwan said the ex-president will "offer his own views" on the corruption-riddled mega-project to improve the country's major waterways and mass protests that paralyzed his administration in the early months. The aim is to be "judged fairly by history and the people," the adviser added.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 16, 2014 10:34 KST