The above picture was posted with an August 6 Korea Times article HERE, which talked about the issues discussed by the two presidents. Interestingly, Dokdo was not mentioned as one of them, which suggests that President Bush did not want to discuss the issue.
According to a Korean news article HERE, when asked why the US government agency still listed Dokdo as "Liancourt Rocks," President Lee responded, "I thanked President Bush for the correction [to the status]," and then added, "I think if our government can convince [the US] of our historic legitimacy, then the problem will be corrected."
Gerry writes: Good luck trying to prove "historic legitimacy."
President Lee also said, "Our people are already living on Dokdo, and isn't it under our control?" And then Lee stressed, "If we maintain a firm, consistent stance, we can correct it."
Sometime during the time frame, President Lee also said, "The Dokdo problem is not a problem between Korea and the US; it is a problem between Korea and Japan." He also said, "If our government works hard to be consistent and to maintain the status quo, it will be solved."
Gerry writes: That does not sound very Korean to me, which makes me think that the US has given Korea some good advice on Dokdo.
By the way, the map on the wall looks like it might be of an old map of Korea. The island looks to be Ulleungdo, and it seems that President Lee is claiming that the larger neighboring island just to the "southeast" is Dokdo, rather than Ulleungdo's neighboring island of Jukdo.
I am not sure which map it is, but if we assume that is the best the Korean government can come up with to support their historic claim on Dokdo, then I think people should see why I say that Korea has no old maps of Dokdo (Liancourt Rocks).