Senior Congress lawmakers urge keeping South Korea trade deal


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. Republicans and Democrats on congressional committees overseeing trade policy on Tuesday said that while improvements were needed in South Korea’s compliance with a U.S.-Korean free trade deal, the United States “must not withdraw from the agreement.”

The chairmen and senior Democrats on the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee issued the statement, also noting that North Korea’s latest nuclear weapons test “underscores the vital importance of the strong alliance between the United States and South Korea.”

The statement comes after President Donald Trump on Saturday said he was weighing the fate of the five-year-old trade deal.

Reporting By Richard Cowan

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