Pres. Trump Signs United States-Korea Freed Trade Agreement

Frederick Owens
September 25, 2018

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Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in signed a renegotiated free-trade agreement on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, marking the first time the U.S. president has finalised a major trade deal since entering office.

But experts have warned against a peace declaration for the potential "domino effect" it could have, leading to "prematurely signing a peace treaty, reducing USA deterrence and defense capabilities, and abrogating the mutual defense treaty" between the US and South Korea, according to Bruce Klingner, former Central Intelligence Agency deputy division chief for Korea and now a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation. -South Korea free-trade agreement Monday in NY.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In focused his remarks on denuclearisation talks with North Korea, in which the USA has been involved.

"This agreement will reduce bureaucracy and increase prosperity in both of our countries". "Our teams will be working hard to ensure that the terms of the deal are fully implemented". He says USA automobiles, pharmaceuticals and agricultural products will gain better access to Korean markets. "And I think he wants to see something happen", Trump declared. "It was very limited as to what they could do and what they could send, and now it's an open market", Trump added.

"The relationships are very good with North Korea... I love our farmers". The South Korean leader also said he hopes the revised agreement with the USA will help solidify their cooperation in other areas.

He said: "It's always been surprising to me that more things aren't resolved, because you have all of these countries getting together in one location but it doesn't seem to get there".

The mood though is sharply changed from that at last year's UN General Assembly, when Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea and mocked the North Korean leader as "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission".

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Mr Trump referred to Mr Kim's "tremendous enthusiasm".

But there are others that say it's because of the growing concern about the confusion in world affairs.

"That was a unsafe time".

Bolton, like Pompeo, is part of a far more hawkish national security team than the one that surrounded Trump a year ago.

Trump at the time cited Iran's role as a malign force in the region, particularly its support of terrorist groups, but also its involvement in Syria.

Trump told Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Monday that the fight is "not easy", but his country is "at the forefront".

Trump earlier this year bucked allies and removed the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, citing Iran's malign influence in the region and support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah.

Bolton said the United States was seeking to ramp up pressure on Iran but not to overthrow the regime - an idea he supported before taking his job and reiterated recently by former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is Trump's personal lawyer. "We're not going to talk about the state of the negotiations".

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