Hagel Meets with South Korean National Security Advisor on U.S. Beef
U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) today issued the following statement after meeting with South Korean National Security Advisor Dr. Kim Byung-kook. They discussed the importation of U.S. beef into South Korea, the South Korean Free Trade Agreement, and other issues of mutual importance:
"Today, Dr. Kim provided me with an update on the status of ongoing efforts to resolve issues surrounding the resumption of U.S. beef imports. I stressed to Dr. Kim the importance of resuming the importation of American beef that was agreed to by our countries in April. U.S. beef is the highest quality, safest beef in the world, and it is important for U.S. beef producers to have access to the South Korean market. I am hopeful that this issue will be resolved very soon. It is not in the interest of either country to have this problem go unresolved. I believe U.S. beef will soon be going back into South Korea.
"The relationship between South Korea and the United States is historic, and will continue to be critical as the world faces the challenges of the 21st Century. We must continue to work together on issues of common interest for both of our countries, including passing the South Korean Free Trade Agreement."