The New York Times is reporting that South Korean and US trade negotiators are close to reaching a revised agreement in which US beef exporters would voluntarily ship only beef from cows younger than 30 months.
Under the probable agreement, the United States would not, strictly speaking, change its trade rules, according to the officials close to the talks. But it would certify the age of the beef being exported.
There was no mention of bone-in versus boneless beef, and according to the story, the actual wording of the original agreement has been left intact. The talks have yielded only a voluntary compliance with the 30-month age restriction. Somehow I don’t think this is going to appease the protest organizers and their most loyal supporters.