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Unformatted text preview: s under the deal. The U.S. Congress is expected to be able to start work on the trade bills as early as July. That means it will be difficult for the House and Senate to vote on them before they recess in August. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 54 Mercury Politics Impact Uniqueness – South Korea Won’t Pass Now (2/2) SKFTA will not be ratified in South Korea – Song Min-soon has political clout and opposes Ramstad, Koran Correspondent Wall Street Journal, 6/21/11 (Evan, “Song’s Change Shows KORUS FTA’s Hurdle”, The Wall Street Journal, , accessed 6/28/11) EK Song Min-soon, a National Assembly member who is one of the most senior and respected lawmakers in the Democratic Party, was minister of foreign affairs and trade in 2007 when South Korea made its free trade agreement with the United States. As the deal nears a ratification vote in the assembly, Mr. Song says he’s now against it. And his explanation for the change shows the difficulty that President Lee Myungbak and the ruling Grand National Party will have winning a consensus from the DP and other parties for ratification. Increasingly, it appears that opposition parties want to force the GNP to unilaterally ratify the FTA, meaning passing it without any support from them. Possibly, the opposition parties will resort to the theatrics of boycotting the vote. That happened when the Korea FTA with the European Union was ratified earlier this year and with several other controversial bills in recent years, such as media-industry reform measures in 2009. Song Min-soon, National Assembly member, former foreign minister Mr. Song says his opposition to the U.S. FTA isn’t rooted in such tactics and that he’s not trying to back the Lee government and the GNP up against the wall. “I’m trying to push them through a very small opening,” he said in an interview at his office Monday afternoon. Mr. Song says he’s upset that South Korea agreed to additional negotiations sought by the U.S. last year to change some of the provisions related to the automobile industry. The problem isn’t the changes themselves, since they’ll do little to affect South Korea’s trade surplus of autos, but the perception that the changes tilted the deal towards the U.S. “We made a deal. The deal should be served,” Mr. Song says. “But this was not served by the U.S. side. Now, we have to make a proportionate change.” “My present view is while the Seoul government accommodated the need of the U.S. administration’s protection of the American automobile industry, the United States should have accommodated South Korea’s not present need but futuristic need for practical leverage to invoke some [capital] safeguards,” Mr. Song says. “There are some people who are traditionally opposed to FTAs. I do not agree with this traditional opposition,” Mr. Song says. “On balance, I’m a supporter of the Korea-U.S....
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