In South Korea Free Trade Debate, Kaesong Should Be a Non-Issue

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In South Korea Free Trade Debate, Kaesong Should Be a Non-Issue

Apr 21st, 2011 1 min read
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Former Jay Van Andel Senior Policy Analyst in Trade Policy

Bryan served as an advocate for free trade through his research at The Heritage Foundation.

Some critics of the proposed South Korea–U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) have expressed concerns about imports from North Korea, specifically goods originating from the Kaesong Industrial Region. This should be a non-issue.

The chart below compares how imports from North Korea are treated today and how they will be treated if KORUS is approved.

With or without KORUS, the U.S. government will continue to control imports from Kaesong and the rest of North Korea.

This piece originally appeared in The Daily Signal