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  • 27-Jun-2008 Hankyoreh
    Opposition parties launch campaigns to nullify beef announcement

    South Korea’s opposition parties declared the official announcement to resume imports of US beef null and void and launched a series of campaigns to have it withdrawn. Opposition party members have also proposed plans to hold a national referendum on the beef agreement and plan to seek other forms of legal action against it.

  • 27-Jun-2008 Reuters
    New protests as South Korea checks US beef for import

    Militant protesters blocked trucks from leaving warehouses for a second day on Friday as South Korea resumed quarantine checks on US beef imports, moving to bring the product to market for the first time in nine months.

  • 26-Jun-2008 OhMyNews
    ’Loophole’ revealed in US ban on downer cattle

    On June 25, the Humane Society released a new investigative report showing extremely sick dairy cows being dragged and shocked in order to move them into an auction ring in the United States

  • 26-Jun-2008 Hankyoreh
    Gov’t announces publication of sanitary conditions for US beef

    Protests erupt across South Korea with 100 arrests made, potential for clashes at cold storage warehouses increases

  • 25-Jun-2008 Economic Times
    S Korea set to resume US beef imports, more protests called

    South Korea will resume US beef imports from Thursday after securing extra safeguards, officials said, prompting calls for fresh anti-mad cow rallies which have brought thousands on to the streets.

  • 24-Jun-2008 Chosun Ilbo
    US senators say additional beef talks violate April deal

    US Senator Max Baucus says there’s no scientific proof for Korea’s claim that beef from older cattle pose a health risk. Other senators echoed his words adding that the latest moves could bring difficulties to passing the bilateral free trade deal.

  • 23-Jun-2008 Chosun Ilbo
    Trade minister recounts beef talks with US

    "Whenever the negotiations went against us or whenever the US side cited ’science’ (to emphasize that US beef is scientifically safe), we pointed to the photo [of the June 10 candlelight vigil in downtown Seoul, with the largest number of protesters] and said, ’Look at this. Do you think this can be explained with science?’ "

  • 23-Jun-2008 Hankyoreh
    New beef agreement still leaves room for mad cow fears

    While the Korean government claims it has made a “better-than-expected achievement” through additional negotiations between South Korean Trade Minister Kim Jong-hoon and US Trade Representative Susan Schwab over import terms for US beef, it hasn’t been enough to defuse public fears over the safety of the American meat.

  • 23-Jun-2008 Yonhap
    Seoul to implement new US beef import conditions this week: officials

    The South Korean government will put new U.S. beef import terms into effect as early as this week, officials said on Monday, signaling a full resumption of imports, which have been suspended for nearly five years.

  • 21-Jun-2008 Workers World
    Strikes, protests besiege South Korean regime

    South Korea has been seeing nightly mass demonstrations for over a month, a candlelight march of 1 million people on June 10 and a strike wave of key industrial unions. All are connected to a trade agreement between Washington and the current government of President Lee Myung-bak that would allow US beef into the country.

  • 17-Jun-2008 Hankyoreh
    KCTU to launch general strike on July 2

    Labor movement will lead candlelight protests for renegotiation of US beef agreement, KCTU says

  • 17-Jun-2008 KCTU
    One million South Korean people and workers protested against the Unfair US beef import agreement and the neoliberal government policies!

    On June 10th, around one million people and workers gathered to demand renegotiation of US beef import agreement across the country. In case of Seoul, around 500,000 people participated in the candlelight vigil and march.

  • 17-Jun-2008 AFP
    SKorea unions may strike over beef imports, more talks set

    South Korean unions on Tuesday threatened a general strike in protest of a US beef import deal, as negotiators in Washington tried to find a way out of the crisis shaking the Seoul government.

  • 16-Jun-2008 Xinhua
    US-South Korean beef talks fail to reach agreement

    Talks between the United States and South Korea over the resumption of American beef imports ended Sunday without any agreement, US Trade Representative spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel said.

  • 16-Jun-2008 Romandie News
    Crise du boeuf en Corée du Sud: échec des négociations à Washington

    Des pourparlers à Washington entre les Etats-Unis et la Corée du Sud sur la reprise controversée des importations de boeuf américain ont pris fin sans accord, a annoncé lundi le ministère des Affaires étrangères coréen.

  • 16-Jun-2008 Financial Express
    Ranbaxy deal may help India’s entry into Japan

    The Daiichi Sankyo-Ranbaxy Laboratories deal has come as a shot in the arm for India’s Comprehensive Economic Co-operation Agreement (CECA) negotiations with Japan. Indian pharma companies have been unable to break into Japan, the world’s second largest drug market, due to the country’s stringent sanitary and phytosanitary standards, technical barriers to trade (TBT) and environmental norms.

  • 15-Jun-2008 OhMyNews
    Beef imports to Korea: An open letter to President Bush

    Korean middle school student Chae-song Kim asks that the trade agreement be reconsidered

  • 14-Jun-2008 FPIF
    South Korea’s beef with America

    To the rest of the world, South Korean protests over the safety of US beef are portrayed as an expression of simmering anti-Americanism. Without a doubt, anti-American sentiments have historical roots. But Koreans also have a legitimate claim to fear the safety of US beef.

  • 12-Jun-2008
    Korea, US to forge additional understandings on beef deal

    US Ambassador Alexander Vershbow said Thursday the United States and South Korea will come up with a solution to the ongoing controversy over Seoul’s decision to resume imports of American beef thorough "additional understandings"’ to their deal signed in April. Vershbow, however, ruled out renegotiating the deal, saying it could damage the national interests of the two countries ― including the possible failure to ratify the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

  • 11-Jun-2008 The Hankyoreh
    Massive candlelight protests draw one million nationwide

    Up to a million Korean citizens from all walks of life participated in candlelight protests held on the 21st anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising, with a total of 118 candlelight protests held across the country on June 10.

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