Mr. Lee Tae-sik is a South Korean diplomat. He graduated from Seoul National University’s Department of International Relations in 1970. He 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 earn a higher degree at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, graduating in 1988. His first ambassadorial-rank posting was to Israel (2000 to 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. He served in that position until March, 2009.