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Korea, Japan open working-level FTA talksBy 최희석
Published : May 9, 2011 - 18:51
Monday’s meeting was the second to be held by director-general level officials from the two countries since the first round of talks held on Sept. 16 in Tokyo.
At the latest talks, officials from the two countries discussed non-tariff barriers and other trade-related issues, and plans for establishing an environment suitable for reopening the FTA negotiations, Korea’s Trade Ministry said in a press release.
The negotiations over a Korea-Japan FTA first got under way in December 2003, but the talks were halted when the two sides failed to narrow differences concerning the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. The process was resumed in the form of working-level meetings following the summit in April 2008.
The talks were then upgraded to director-general level after the summit meeting between President Lee Myung-bak and Japan’s prime minister at the time, Yukio Hatoyama, on May 29.
By Choi He-suk (email@example.com)
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