South Korea Backs Away from Renegotiation

SOUTH KOREA - The government of South Korea has rejected US calls to renegotiate the recent beef trade deal and has instead pledged to tighten quarantine procedures and beef labeling rules in a bid to keep BSE out.
calendar icon 7 May 2008
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"It is impossible to renegotiate the agreement because it has been formally signed by both countries' representatives and is already in the process of being put into effect," South Korea's top negotiator Min Dong-seok told the local daily.

According to the People's Daily Online, the South Korean government came under growing pressure from political parties and civic groups to scrap the April 18 agreement to fully open the domestic market to U.S. beef.

Under the agreement, South Korea will import from the United States most cuts from cattle under 30 months old beginning May. Imports of certain cuts from older cattle will be allowed after the United States strengthens control of feed for cattle.

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