SEOUL, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Top trade negotiators from South Korea and the United States will hold a third round of meetings this week to discuss revising parts of a bilateral beef trade deal reached in mid-April, Yonhap News Agency quoted ranking officials at the South Korean embassy in Washington as reporting on Monday.
The South Korean delegation had originally planned to leave Washington to return home without reaching a deal, but abruptly canceled its plan at the request of the U.S. government. The talks will be resumed on Monday, said an embassy official in Washington.
Seoul has been rocked with protests since early May over President Lee Myung-bak's administration's decision to lift ban on American beef, as tens of thousands have taken to the streets over concerns about mad cow disease.
The interruption comes amid reports that the sides were having difficulty agreeing on a policy that would guarantee a voluntarily ban on shipments of beef from cattle over 30 months old from U.S. exporters.
South Korean and U.S. officials have said they are discussing ways to support voluntary efforts "in written or any other forms" by the U.S. beef industry to label beef packages showing the age of slaughtered cattle.
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