韩国通过韩美自由贸易协议 South Korea Passes Trade Agreement With The US

22 November, 2011

韩国国会批准与美国的自由贸易协定。在这场有争议的投票过程中,议会大厅爆发暴力事件。这个法案星期二在议会特别会议上以151票比7票获得通过。占少数的反对派议员对强行推动表决感到愤怒,高呼抗议口号,在会议厅内打开一个催泪瓦斯罐。

一个月前,美国国会批准了这一协议。总统奥巴马随后签字,使之成为法律。这份《韩美自由贸易协议》是近四年半前签署的。它是美国自1994年与加拿大和墨西哥签订《北美自由贸易协定》后最重要的贸易协定。

South Korea's parliament has ratified a free trade agreement with the United States, in a contentious vote that erupted in violence in the parliament chamber.The bill passed on a vote of 151 to seven during a special parliamentary session Tuesday. Outnumbered opposition lawmakers reacted angrily to the move to force a vote, shouting protests and setting off a teargas cannister in the chamber.

The vote comes one month after the U.S. Congress approved the deal and President Barack Obama signed it into law.The pact, known as the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, was signed nearly four-and-a-half years ago. It is the most significant trade pact for the United States since the 1994 North America Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.