There has been a lot of speculation about the possibility of South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak requesting to renegotiate the deal between the
"We have national protocols that we have negotiated with the Korean government," Conner says. "We do not intend to renegotiate those protocols."
Massive protests in South Korea wanting more stringent restrictions forced the government to pull back from the agreed upon deal with the U.S. that would have allowed all beef, regardless of age into South Korea. They are working with industry specifically to see if they can get the industry to ship what they see as appropriate products.
There are some companies in the U.S. that have said they would be willing to label shipments of beef to South Korea with the age of the cattle the beef came from. Conner says USDA has no problem with that.
A South Korean delegation is meeting with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week.