Li3 Praises the Editorial Comments of Chile´s Deputy Minister of Mining, Francisco Orrego

Deputy Minister Orrego Recommends the Redefining of Lithium´s Strategic Status

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SANTIAGO, CHILE, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Li3 Energy, Inc., (OTCBB: LIEG –News) ("Li3", "Li3 Energy" or the "Company"), a US-listed and South America based global exploration company in the lithium and minerals sector, applauds the editorial by Francisco Orrego, Deputy Minister of Mining of Chile, in the February 5th edition of La Tercera, a Santiago-based daily, which states that it is time for Chile, with one of the largest lithium reserves in the world, to redefine the strategic categorization of lithium and to leverage its comparative advantages in lithium production, thus firmly establishing Chile as a global player in the sector.

"The comments of Deputy Minister Orrego are great news for future lithium producers in Chile and particularly for Li3," said Li3's President and CEO, Luis Saenz. "We support and applaud his statements that it is in the best economical interest of the government to move toward a new national policy to exploit lithium," Saenz continued.

"Li3 is well positioned to benefit from the changing of the definition of lithium as a strategic resource and will continue to support any government efforts to bring Chile back into a leadership position in the global lithium markets," Saenz said.

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About Li3 Energy, Inc.

Li3 Energy, Inc. is an exploration stage public company in the lithium mining and energy sector.  Li3 aims to acquire, develop and commercialize a significant portfolio of lithium brine deposits in the Americas.  With its interest in the Maricunga Project, coupled with the completion of the NI 43–101 Compliant Measured Resource Report and the recently acquired Cocina acquisition, Li3's goals are to: a) advance Maricunga to the Feasibility Stage; b) support the global implementation of clean and green energy initiatives; c) meet growing lithium market demand; and d) become a mid-tier, low cost supplier of lithium, potassium nitrate, iodine and other strategic minerals, serving global clients in the energy, fertilizer and specialty chemical industries.  Additional information regarding the Company can be found in our recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") as well as the information maintained on our website

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Julie Silber
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