By Jonathan Thatcher SEOUL, March 30 (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea closed in on a major trade pact on Friday after nearly a year of negotiations amid a chorus of protest from lobby groups on both sides. U.S. President George W. Bush and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun discussed the deal by phone on Thursday, agreeing that what would be the biggest U.S. trade deal for 15 years served the interests of both countries. "The two leaders ... decided to direct their ...
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