Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) plans to hold hearings on South Korea's continuing rejection of U.S. beef. Dorgan also plans to push for tariffs on Korean products if Korea "persists in using baseless excuses" to block U.S. beef imports. Dorgan said, "When I talk to ranchers in North Dakota, they ask me why America should continue to accept imports of South Korean automobiles, electronics and other goods if our beef exports are not accepted. I have no good answer for them."
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C., correspondent