Nine member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations sign a framework agreement in Malaysia on an ASEAN-South Korea free-trade area (FTA). Thai Commerce Minister Somkid Jatusripitak says a dispute over rice currently prevents Thailand from signing. Somkid says he expects the deal to be concluded next year after three to six months of negotiations. Thailand objects to South Korea's insistence on excluding rice from the agreement. Malaysian International Trade and Industry ...

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