The US Secretary of Commerce says a potential free trade deal with South Korea could eventually benefit Alaska. Secretary Carlos Gutierrez made his remarks during a visit to Fairbanks yesterday with Senator Ted Stevens. Gutierrez says a Free Trade Agreement before Congress could further open the doors with South Korea, Alaska’s third-largest trade partner. But he says Congress can’t tackle that proposal until it works its way through a similar deal with Columbia that’s taking priority. Gutierrez says eventually Alaska could send more goods to Asia.
Libby Casey, KUAC – Fairbanks