Keen to boost S.Korea, US prioritizes trade
WASHINGTON — Eager to bolster South Korea and wary of initiatives on the North, the Obama administration is putting a new priority on ratification of a free trade agreement that has languished for years.
On a weekend visit to Seoul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks about North Korea but barely said a word publicly about it. Instead, she spoke at length on the trade deal, vowing to push it through Congress this year.
Clinton told business leaders Sunday that ratification would be "one of my top priorities" and that it would send "another powerful message that we are working together, of course for our own countries, but also in a strategic relationship that is beneficial to the region and the world."
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