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President Obama welcomes South Korean President Lee Myung-bak during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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South Korean protesters stage a rally against a free trade agreement between South Korea and the United States in Seoul on Oct. 13, 2011. The letters on the signs read "Opposed FTA between South Korea and the United States." (Associated Press)

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is escorted in the rain to his car at the Pentagon on Oct. 12, 2011, after his meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. (Associated Press)

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says passage of the U.S.-Korea free-trade pact should boost trade between the two countries more than 50 percent by 2015. He spoke at a luncheon Wednesday in Washington. (Associated Press)

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and first lady Kim Yoon-ok took off Tuesday for their five-day visit to the United States. (Associated Press)

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South Korean pop singer Rain gives a military salute to his fans before he enters the army to serve in front of an army training center in Uijeongbu, north of of Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

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**FILE** South Korean nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac (second from left) is escorted by officials upon his arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing on Aug. 25, 2011, for talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, on North Korea’s nuclear program. (Associated Press)

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A currency trader works in front of a TV showing U.S. President Barack Obama at the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Asian equity markets were sharply down early Tuesday as investors fearing a possible global economic slowdown continued to flee stocks. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said it looks like a deal will be worked out between President Obama and Capitol Hill Republicans that would allow the three long-stalled trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to pass. "I think [members] are distracted with the debt issues," he said. "I think [the trade deals] are passed after the debt limit." (Associated Press)

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South Korean soldiers remove mud on the street after a landslide caused by heavy rains in Seoul, South Korea, on July 27, 2011. (Associated Press)

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South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, top left, walks by his North Korean counterpart Pak Ui Chun, bottom center, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto, center, prior to the start of ARF Retreat Session in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, July 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 30, 2011, to charge the Obama Administration of political tactics that undermine pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. From left are: Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo.; Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz.; Hatch; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. (Associated Press)

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South Koreans celebrate at a ski-jumping hill in Pyeongchang, South Korea, early on Thursday, July 7, 2011, after the International Olympic Committee announced that the South Korean city will host the 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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South Koreans gather in Chuncehon, South Korea, on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, to await the announcement by the International Olympic Committee of the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Pyeongchang, South Korea, beat out Munich and Annecy, France, for the games. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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North Koreans shout slogans during a massive rally in Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, July 4, 2011, to denounce the conservative government of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak as a "group of unparalleled traitors." (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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Y.E. Yang, of South Korea, reacts to a missed putt on the third hole during the final round of the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Dae Hyun Kim, of South Korea, tees off on the first hole to open the first round of the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Thursday, June 16, 2011. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)

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Dae Hyun Kim, of South Korea, tees off on the first hole to open the first round of the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Thursday, June 16, 2011. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)

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Dae Hyun Kim of South Korea tees off on the first hole to open the first round of the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., on Thursday, June 16, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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"Maryland is a gateway to doing business in the U.S., particularly in the life sciences and high-tech industries,"Gov. Martin O'Malley after his trip to China, South Korea and Vietnam. (Associated Press)