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A massive rally against U.S. beef imports

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Thousands of protesters march toward the presidential Blue House during a candle light vigil in Seoul on May 31, demanding the renegotiation of the U.S. beef import deal. Agriculture Minister Chung Woon chun on May 29 announced new quarantine restrictions that effectively open the Korean marke to almost all cuts of U.S. beef. Seoul and Washington agreed to the action on April 18. As public anger reached its boiling point, the government on June 2 decided to postpone the distribution of the government’s newspaper that will make the resumption of U.S. beef imports take effect immediately.

By Ahn Seong sik

미국산 쇠고기 수입조건 재협상을 요구하며 5월31일 서울에서 촛불시위에 참석한 시민 수천 명이 청와대로 행진하고 있다. 정운천 농림수산식품부 장관이 한국 시장을 거의 모든 미국산 쇠고기에 개방하는 새 검역조건을 5월29일 발표했다. 한국과 미국은 4월18일 이 수입조건에 합의했다. 거센 반대여론에 부딪치자 정부는 6월2일 미국산 쇠고기 수입 재개를 발효시키는 관보고시를 연기했다.

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