South Korea Considers Joining TPP Only After Negotiations End

By Kristen McCannon

According to Choi Kyonglim, South Korea’s deputy minister for trade, South Korea may enter into TPP after official negotiations conclude. Although South Korea already announced their official interest in 2013 and has participated in consultations with other TPP parties, the minister’s announcement marks the first indication that South Korea is not seeking to participate in the formal negotiations. By postponing its involvement in TPP until after the deal has been finalized, South Korea will avoid a long and drawn-out accession.  Insidetrade has more about these developments in South Korea.