Trenching Program to begin for High Grade Copper Target

May 26, 2008

West Vancouver, British Columbia - May 26, 2008 - International Bethlehem Mining Corp. (the “Company”) reports that it is awaiting authorization for its “Notice of Work” permit so that it can proceed with its planned surface trenching program on its copper-gold property located on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia (the “Steele Skarn Property”).

The trenching program will commence upon receipt of the permit and will consist of opening up 1.5 km of old logging road followed by six, 100 metre excavator trenches. The trenches are designed to test the width and continuity of the high grade copper mineralization discovered and mapped in August 2007 by Brent Hemmingway, Geologist and vendor of the Property. The newly discovered mineralized skarn zone was mapped and measured to be approximately 11 metres wide and consists of massive chalcopyrite pods within a garnet-actinolite skarn. Three selected grab samples of the mineralization at the showing were assayed at Acme Laboratories of Vancouver (“Acme”) and returned values of 23.69% Cu, 6.89% Cu and 16.68% Cu. Acme’s analytical technique consisted of pulverizing and digesting a one gram sample in an aqua regia acid solution. The resulting solution was analysed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometry (“ICP”). Samples running greater than the maximum value for standard ICP analysis were re-analysed by diluting the sample so that the ICP was capable of giving a more accurate reading.

The trenching program is intended to evaluate the continuity of this new copper discovery. This work will be followed by detailed geophysics, geological mapping and, upon success, core drilling.

John Kowalchuk, P.Geo., has reviewed this release and is the Qualified Person for the Company’s Steele Skarn Property.

The Company is in the business of the exploration and development of natural resource properties. For further information, contact Mr. Clive Shallow, investor communications, at 604-922-2030 or visit the Company’s website at

International Bethlehem Mining Corp.

“Ronald A. Coombes”
Ronald A. Coombes, President & CEO

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