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Trump mulls S.Korea trade deal future
    2017-September-5  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday that he would discuss the future of the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement with his advisers following a newspaper report that he’s considering terminating the pact.

“I am,” Trump said in response to a question about whether he’s discussing the issue with advisers. “It’s very much on my mind,” he said.

Trump’s administration had begun talks with South Korea to revise a trade deal signed in 2012 by the Obama administration, but they failed to agree on a way forward after joint meetings in August. The dialogue comes amid rising tensions with North Korea over Pyongyang’s missile tests.

“Now is not the time for Washington to pull out of the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement because a rift between the allies is exactly what Pyongyang wants and it’s being served to them on a silver platter,” Duyeon Kim, a visiting senior fellow at the Seoul-based Korean Peninsula Future Forum, said Sunday.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump has ordered his advisers to prepare plans to withdraw from the pact, and that the formal process to leave could start as soon as this week. No final decision has been made and Trump could remain in the agreement to see if changes are still possible, the newspaper reported, citing several people close to the process.

No announcement is expected on the U.S.-South Korea trade deal at this time, an official with the U.S. Trade Representative office said Saturday. There is “no change” in South Korea’s policies on its free trade agreement with the United States, an unidentified official from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy told Yonhap Sunday. (SD-Agencies)

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