Rival Camps Jointly Call for Nat'l Interest to be Prioritized in FTA Negotiations

Write : 2017-10-05 14:15:07 Update : 2017-10-05 15:21:23

Rival Camps Jointly Call for Nat'l Interest to be Prioritized in FTA Negotiations

Rival political parties are calling for South Korea's national interest to take top priority in forthcoming talks to revise the South Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement.

The parties were reacting to an agreement reached in Washington between U.S. and South Korean trade representatives this week to launch formal talks aimed at accommodating the Trump administration's demand for a more favorable deal.

The ruling Democratic Party’s spokesperson Kim Hyun issued a statement Thursday calling for the opposition to cooperate in ensuring that both parties put national interest first in the negotiations.

Liberty Korea Party spokesperson Jun Hee-kyung issued a statement criticizing the government for caving to pressure from the U.S. to negotiate, and stressing the need for thorough preparations to protect South Korea’s interest.

Spokesperson for the minor People’s Party Kim Cheol-geun offered agreement, saying the decision to renegotiate came amid confusion, and that now is the time for thorough analysis.
The Bareun Party also called on the government to negotiate to South Korea's advantage.

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