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In 2002, two girls were killed in a traffic accident with a U.S. military vehicle.

The soldiers involved were exonerated, spawning weeks of anti-American fervor that rang out through election day and helped liberal President Roh Moo-hyun win a come-from-behind victory with a pledge not to “kowtow” to Washington.

Since taking office, Mr. Roh’s liberal government and the conservative Bush administration have frequently hit dissonant notes, even while remaining close allies.