By  on November 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — A South Korean government official said Friday the country is interested in holding preliminary bilateral talks with the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord, as it explores whether to formally join the negotiatinos.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, responding to South Korean Deputy Prime Minister Hyun Oh-seok's announcement on Friday, said the country "plays an important role in the regional economy, and its interest in the TPP demonstrates the significant importance of this initiative to the region."

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