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S Korea, Japan set for talks over resuming negotiations for FTA

05-06-2011 15:19 BJT

SEOUL, May 6 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and Japan are scheduled to hold next week working-level talks aimed at restarting negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), the trade ministry here said Friday.

The talks, to be held next Monday in Seoul, will center on issues including conditions for resuming the stalled negotiations and non-tariff barriers, according to the ministry.

The second round of one-day talks follow the first one last September in Tokyo, initiated after leaders of the two Asian powerhouses agreed on the need to resume talks aimed at striking a two-way free trade accord.

Initial negotiations, which began in 2003, unraveled due to differences in manufacturing and agricultural sectors.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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