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US, S.Korea to launch trade talks next week
The United States and South Korea will announce the launch of politically sensitive free trade negotiations next week, a source close to the situation told Reuters on Saturday.

"There is going to be a press conference in Washington on Thursday. This is going to be the largest U.S. free trade arrangement since NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement)," the source told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

NAFTA is a 12-year-old pact among the United States, Canada and Mexico.

South Korea is already the seventh largest trading partner of the United States and Washington has been in discussions with Seoul about possible free trade talks since mid-2005.

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman (news, bio, voting record) said he hoped to announce the launch of free trade talks with South Korea "in the immediate future."

A key stumbling block to the talks was removed on Thursday when Seoul said it would reduce quotas protecting the domestic film industry.

But the idea of a free trade deal is controversial in South Korea, where farmers' groups are strongly opposed to liberalisation.

South Korean farmers took a lead in anti-globalisation protests during last month's World Trade Organization ministerial.
MGR Archive 29.1.2006
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