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USTR Announces Special Session of the U.S.-Korea FTA Joint Committee

August 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced arrangements for the special session meeting of the Joint Committee under the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement.

The special session will be held in Seoul, South Korea, on August 22, 2017. Ambassador Lighthizer and Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong will open the meeting via videoconference, to be followed by additional senior-level discussions between U.S. and Korean officials in Seoul.

Background: The meeting was requested by Ambassador Lighthizer in a July 12 letter to former Korean Trade Minister Joo.  In the letter, Ambassador Lighthizer requested the meeting to consider matters affecting the operation of the KORUS Agreement, including possible amendments and modifications to resolve several problems regarding market access in Korea for U.S. exports and, most importantly, to address the significant trade imbalance.