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2008-08-05 09:00:03

U.S. President George Bush arrived in Seoul for talks with his South Korean counterpart on military, economic and diplomatic issues. Discussions between Bush and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak also were expected to touch on the recently resumed U.S. beef imports, as well as North Korea's denuclearization, Yonhap News Agency reported. Bush and Lee are expected to release a joint statement Wednesday that reaffirms their commitment to a forward-looking U.S.-South Korea alliance, South...

2008-06-29 12:01:04

By Matthew Lee Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea -- Beef bested bombs. America's chief diplomat found herself vouching for the purity of U.S. cattle Saturday, wading into a bitter trade dispute that for South Koreans has eclipsed the long-running drama over North Korea's nuclear activity and threatened the government of President Lee Myung-bak. Just one day after the communist North demolished the most visible symbol of its nuclear programs, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice faced a...

2008-06-19 09:00:03

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, June 19 (Yonhap) - President Lee Myung-bak [Ri Myo'ng- pak] said Thursday his administration will secure a firm US Government guarantee to prohibit American private exporters from sending beef from cattle older than 30 months to South Korea in an effort to address public fears over mad cow disease. In a special news conference, Lee offered his second apology to the nation in less than a month, saying he and his government...

2006-07-14 06:01:45

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - The second round of free trade talks between South Korea and the United States hit a snag, leading some working groups to halt discussions a day early, the chief U.S. negotiator said on Friday. Wendy Cutler said talks in the pharmaceuticals working group were suspended as well as those in services and trade remedies, but she thought the gaps could be bridged. "No negotiating groups met today," Cutler told reporters at a briefing in Seoul. The...

2006-07-12 05:28:46

By Ana Yoo SEOUL (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of South Koreans clashed with police firing water cannons on the rain-soaked streets of central Seoul on Wednesday to protest against bilateral free trade talks with the United States. South Korea and the United States kicked off a second round of talks on a free trade pact on Monday in Seoul. Protesters say a pact would hurt the country's farmers and workers. South Korean and U.S. negotiators said it would be a "win-win" deal. An...

2006-07-10 00:20:36

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States, kicked off a second round of talks on a free trade pact on Monday with differences on contentious issues such as agriculture that have sparked mass protests in Seoul. After a weekend of protests, thousands of demonstrators, shouting "down with the FTA," gathered in the rain again and scuffled with riot police outside the venue in the South Korean capital, where teams of negotiators from the two sides were holding...

2006-07-09 21:30:44

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States, kicked off a second round of talks on a free trade pact on Monday with differences on contentious issues such as agriculture that have sparked mass protests in Seoul. After a weekend of protests, rowdy demonstrators began gathering again outside the venue in the South Korean capital where teams of negotiators from the two sides were holding talks, due to continue until Friday. Protesters say they will try get...

2006-06-13 14:29:28

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers pushed on Tuesday for a new trade deal with Vietnam, but a senior Republican said Congress may not vote on trade legislation until after November's congressional election. House of Representatives Majority Leader John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, told a U.S. business group on Wednesday that trade agreements are a difficult vote for many members of Congress, especially in an election year. Last year's vote on...

2006-06-04 08:28:10

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea begin free-trade talks this week that could put relations to the test as negotiators grapple with tough issues ranging from autos and agriculture to relations with North Korea. The pact has been billed as the biggest U.S. free-trade deal since the North American Free Tree Agreement and the most important development in U.S.-South Korean relations since the two countries signed their military alliance in 1953....

2006-05-31 03:22:33

SEOUL (Reuters) - More than 150 South Korean anti-free trade protesters who staged violent rallies in the past have been refused visas to enter the United States next week, an activist said on Wednesday. Only about 50 members of a coalition of unionists, farm activists, and students will take part in rallies in Washington that will start on June 4 to coincide with the first round of free trade talks between South Korea and the United States. South Korean protesters have a reputation...


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