US beef imports in South Korea have been a contentious issue in South Korea-United States relations as the US government has sought to open the market to the product, and the South Korean government has been criticized for allegedly increasing the risk to public health in appeasing the US government. Cheonggyecheon ( Hangul: 청계천 is a nearly 6km long modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul, South Korea. Seoul ( soʊl is the Capital and largest City of South Korea. The Government of South Korea is divided into three branches executive judicial and legislative Sadaejuui (Hangul 사대주의,) is a Korean term derived from Chinese Philosopher, Mencius which literally means " dealing The federal government of the United States is the central United States Governmental body established by the United States Constitution.
The Government of South Korea blocked most imports of US beef in 2003 because of fears over mad cow disease (BSE). The Government of South Korea is divided into three branches executive judicial and legislative Beef is the Culinary name for Meat from Bovines especially domestic Cattle (cows Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy ( BSE) commonly known as Mad-Cow Disease ( MCD) is a fatal Neurodegenerative disease in Cattle  The United States Department of Agriculture had identified two BSE-infected cows, and only one that was born in the USA (one of the animals actually came from Canada).  At the time, South Korea had been the third-largest market for US beef exports at an annual value of $815 million. When Lee Myung-bak was inaugurated on 25 February 2008, he stated his willingness to strengthen South Korea-United States relations; he agreed to relax restrictions on beef imports from the US. Lee Myung-bak (ˈliː ˈmjʊŋˌbæk or Korean) (born December 19, 1941) is the tenth and current President of South Korea According to the World Organization for Animal Health, the United States is currently recognized as a BSE-controlled country. The Office international des épizooties ( OIÉ, French for "International Epizootic Office" now known as the World Organisation for Animal Health ( 
The relaxation restrictions on beef imports from the US which caused public protests starting with candlelight vigils of middle and high school students and eventually including calls for President Lee's impeachment. Seoul ( soʊl is the Capital and largest City of South Korea. Cheonggyecheon ( Hangul: 청계천 is a nearly 6km long modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul, South Korea. A candlelight vigil is an outdoor assembly of people carrying Candles held after Sunset. Impeachment is the first of two stages in a specific process for a legislative body to forcibly remove a Government official Lee had been elected with the biggest margin of victory in decades, but his approval rating dropped below 20 percent during the protests and his entire cabinet offered their resignations. The 17th South Korean presidential election took place on December 19, 2007. In the United States, presidential job approval ratings were introduced by George Gallup in the late 1930s (probably 1937 to gauge public support for the president  More than 40,000 protesters gathered on Sejong Street in central Seoul on 31 May 2008 and police detained more than 200 after violent clashes. Sejongno is a street that cuts through Jongno-gu in downtown Seoul Seoul ( soʊl is the Capital and largest City of South Korea.  More than 10,000 riot police were used to control the protesters; water cannon was used in some instances. Riot control refers to the measures used by police military or other forces to control, disperse and arrest civilians that are involved in a Riot, demonstration A water cannon is a device that shoots a high- Pressure stream of Water.  In response to the protests, the Lee Myung-bak administration delayed announcing the newer relaxed regulations, which would not have discriminated against the import of cattle aged over 30 months. Younger cattle are thought to carry less of a risk of BSE. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy ( BSE) commonly known as Mad-Cow Disease ( MCD) is a fatal Neurodegenerative disease in Cattle
Kim Dae-joong, arguably one of Korea's most respected conservative columnists, (not to be confused with former Korean President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kim Dae-jung) wrote, "it amounts to double-crossing to be really fond of America in all substantive matters, while bad-mouthing America in public protests" in an op-ed piece. The Nobel Peace Prize ( Swedish, Danish and Nobels fredspris is one of five Nobel Prizes Bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Kim Dae-jung (Born December 3, 1925, kim tɛdʑuŋ is a former South Korean president and the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize recipient 
The then-U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns said, "In beef trade issues, we base our decisions upon science. The United States Secretary of Agriculture is the head of the United States Department of Agriculture. Michael Owen Johanns (born June 18, 1950) is an American Republican politician " The comment was considered very inflammatory by Koreans and stoked Anti-American sentiment in Korea. Anti-Americanism in Korea began with the earliest contact between the two nations and continued after the Division of Korea.