In the News: South Korea Seeks Revision of U.S. Beef Agreement

By CHOE SANG-HUN

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said Thursday that it will send its top trade negotiator to the United States to try to revise an agreement to resume imports of American beef that has triggered weeks of demonstrations against the government of President Lee Myung-bak.

Trade Minister Kim Jong-hoon, who negotiated a free trade pact with the United States last year, is to go to Washington on Friday to ask the United States to modify the terms of the beef deal, signed on April 18, while not officially asking for a renegotiation.

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