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Statements of Condolences by President Roh Moo-hyun of Korea

April 17, 2007

President Roh Moo-hyun of the Republic of Korea expressed his condolences on April 17 and on April 18 in Korean Standard time regarding the tragedies at Virginia Tech.

President Roh said that he was profoundly shocked when he was briefed in Seoul on April 17 of the shooting incident at the university. He also expressed his sympathies for the bereaved families and quick recoveries for the injured. Cheong Wa Dae – the office of the president – issued the following statement of condolence:

“President Roh Moo-hyun was briefed today on the shooting rampage that killed more than 30 people and injured many at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the United States on April 16 (EST). The President said he was shocked by the unimaginable incident and expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and his hope that the injured would recover soon.”

After the identity of the gunman was revealed to be a Korea-born permanent resident in the United States, Cheong Wa Dae issued the following statement of condolence in the morning of April 18:

“Upon being informed later today that the tragic shooting that took place at Virginia Tech on April 16 was perpetrated by a Korean permanent resident in the United States, President Roh Moo-hyun stated for the second time during the day that he was shocked beyond description by the enormity of the incident.

Following up on his earlier conveyance of condolences, he again expressed, on behalf of all Korean people, the most profound sorrow and offered words of comfort to the bereaved families, President George W. Bush and all Americans.

At the same time, President Roh expressed his earnest wish that the enormously saddened Korean American community, along with all American citizens, would be able to wisely cope with the staggering trauma.”

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

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