‘US Conspiracy Theory Has No Beef in It’

REPUBLIC OF KOREA - Korean government officials were caught off guard on Thursday by a conspiracy theory vented by a senior U.S. government official that some bone fragments were planted in shipments of U.S. beef sent here.
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``The U.S. beef industry is suspicious where the fragments came from,’’ Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported, quoting U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Chuck Lambert.

Brownfield, a U.S. agricultural news service based in Missouri, also reported Lambert’s remarks. In reaction, Seoul officials said that Lambert’s remarks didn’t make sense. ``It’s nonsense,’’ said Lee Yang-ho, spokesman of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Saying that Lambert aired this conspiracy theory without substantiating evidence, Lee said, ``It is not very diplomatic and shouldn’t be accepted in government-to-government dealings. It can be understood as an act of infringement on Korea’s sovereignty.’’

Source: The Korea Times
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