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August 5, 2008

Bush to face S Korea protesters

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Bush to face S Korea protesters

US President George W Bush is en route to South Korea where he is expected to get a less than wholehearted welcome.

Thousands of protesters plan to voice their anger over the agreement with the US to restart imports of beef.

Mr Bush is going to Beijing for the opening of the Olympic Games, and will stop off in South Korea to discuss the military alliance with the US.

Talks will also focus on a planned free trade agreement and North Korea’s nuclear weapons’ programme.

But Mr Bush will also be given a taste of the public anger over the recent agreement to resume imports of American beef.

The deal sparked months of street protests because of fears that US cattle may be infected with mad cow disease.

The first shipments began arriving last week, but the demonstration organisers say that a large crowd will leave President Bush in no doubt about what they think of his government’s reassurances that US beef is safe.

In his summit meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, though, it is the situation north of the border that will feature prominently.

The US is planning to remove North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism as a reward for stopping production of weapons grade plutonium.

But the communist state must first agree to allow international nuclear inspectors in, and there are intense efforts underway to try to secure agreement on how those inspections would work.

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