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South Korea, U.S. open trade talks

South Korea and the U.S. began their fourth round of talks Monday to forge a free-trade agreement, negotiations that so far have achieved few breakthroughs ahead of a year-end deadline. Washington is seeking more access for U.S. pharmaceuticals, automobiles, farm products and other goods, while Seoul wants South Korean products manufactured in North Korea to be included in the agreement. The U.S. has said it cannot accept that. South Korean rice and beef farmers, in particular, have vehemently opposed a deal, saying cheaper U.S. products would jeopardize their livelihoods. Full Story

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