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Report: US, South Korea Agree on Free-Trade Pact

Friday, 03 Dec 2010 02:33 PM

South Korea has agreed to give the United States five years to phase out a 2.5 percent tariff on Korean-built cars rather than cut the tariff immediately, clearing the way for a deal on a stalled bilateral trade pact, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

An article on the newspaper's website quoted people familiar with the negotiations as saying the phase-out was intended to encourage union support when the agreement moves to Congress, where a political battle is likely.

The United States and South Korea had been edging closer to a deal to revive prospects for the agreement, which is subject to review by President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

South Korea is the United States' seventh-largest trading partner and eighth-largest export market. Last year, the United States exported $28.6 billion worth of goods to South Korea and imported $39.2 billion of products from that country, for a U.S. deficit of $10.6 billion.

Details of the revised pact, which must still be ratified by both nations' legislatures, are expected to be released later Friday, barring any last-minute snag, the Wall Street Journal reported.

It said negotiators discussed a possible four-year phase-out of the U.S. auto tariff but opted for a longer agreement to better attract union support.

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