South Korea renegotiates its beef import deal with the United States following widespread protests at the original deal due to concerns over mad cow disease.
- South Korean retailers cease selling beef from the United States after a case of mad cow disease is reported.
- Police in South Korea use water cannons to disperse thousands of people protesting in Seoul about the resumption of beef imports from the United States.
- Lee Myung-bak, the President of South Korea, apologises to South Koreans over an unpopular decision to resume importing beef from the United States.
- Kim Jong-hoon, the South Korean Minister for Trade, heads to the United States to push for additional safeguards against mad cow disease in talks with Susan Schwab, the United States Trade Representative as protests continue in South Korea over the decision to resume importing beef from the United States.
- South Korea says that it will halt military drills with the United States to help with Korean denuclearization talks.