Seoul Presses U.S. to Pass Trade Deal

June 15, 2011 at 7:00 am

Seoul warned that if Washington didn’t act soon on a trade-expansion agreement, ratification in South Korea could be put on hold until after its April 2012 elections.

A delegation of South Korean lawmakers arrived Thursday in the U.S., the latest effort by Seoul to meet with lawmakers and Obama administration officials to press for immediate passage of the trade pact. Unless Congress ratifies the agreement this summer, Korean government officials say, it risks getting entangled in Korean politics as lawmakers there start to avoid contentious legislation in the run-up to April parliamentary elections.

“It could already be too late,” said Nam Kyung-pil, chairman of the foreign-affairs committee in Korea’s National Assembly, who is among a half-dozen Korean lawmakers in the delegation seeking meetings with U.S. lawmakers and administration officials. “I’m wondering why it’s not passed the Congress until now, and I want to find out.”  Read more.

E. Williamson and E. Ramstad, The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2011

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