The minister says he is very aware that the last few months have been very difficult for beef producers. Since last autumn, there has been a longer and exceptional period of price declines, with continued uncertainty over the outcome of Brexit contributing to this market disruption. Protesters accused Lee of hastily rescinding the ban on U.S. beef imports and making unjustified concessions to the U.S. to ensure Korea was welcomed, including ratification of the proposed free trade agreement. Protesters said Lee had renounced his duty of care to the South Korean people for political gain by ignoring his concerns about the transmission of BSE prions and reducing tariffs on imported beef.   Korea has agreed to lift a 40% tariff on beef imported from the United States for a period of 15 years. However, Korea could impose temporary tariffs if there is an increase in the United States. Imports of beef and veal above the values fixed.  There is a call for the Minister of Agriculture to use all available resources in today`s discussions to resolve the beef dispute. Outside Dawn Meats, near Waterford, some protesters said they would remain on the picket line despite the changing situation. A final step forward is being taken by Minister Michael Creed to reach agreement on the document that was discussed overnight.
It is assumed that the agricultural organizations would verify this. There are a number of rumours circulating about the number of farmers` organisations that have already rejected the proposal. Members of the Beef Plan Movement will refuse to trade tomorrow in protest. After marathons at the Ministry of Agriculture, an agreement was reached to end the beef dispute. Talks between all sides lasted more than 24 hours to end the independent peasant protests. The main reason the government made concessions was Lee`s agreement to sell Hyundai cars as a former vice president of Hyundai Corporation.  “Mr. Lee hoped that his decision to end the five-year-old ban on U.S.
beef would help secure the support of the U.S. Congress for a free trade agreement between the countries. Congressional leaders have warned that they will never ratify the pact if South Korea does not fully open its market to U.S. beef.  The group calls on peasants to show their support for the protest by joining the protest lines and not trading today with cooperatives, marts or factories. . . .