U.S. Beef Imports to Resume Fully in S. Korea

After years of diplomatic wrangling, South Korea announced Thursday that it will start inspecting U.S. beef imports. The move will lead to a full resumption of American beef imports for the first time in four years. A case of mad cow disease in Washington state prompted the nation to close its doors to the imports.

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Once upon a time, South Korea was the third largest overseas market for U.S. beef, until a case of mad cow disease in Washington State prompted the Koreans to close their import doors. After years of diplomatic rodeo wrangling, South Korea today announced that it will start inspecting U.S. beef imports. The move will lead to a full resumption of American beef imports for the first time in four years. South Korea's foreign minister made the announcement despite near-daily public protests denouncing the deal.

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