Senior US lawmakers urge keeping South Korea trade deal

Kremlin Press Service

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that military action is not his "first choice" to address North Korea's ongoing moves to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, hours after he spoke by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"USTR has long pressed the Korean government to address burdensome regulations which often exclude US firms or artificially set prices for American intellectual property", he said, noting that USA service exports have seen virtually no growth in the last four years.

Meanwhile, South Korean Second Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Hyun told a Washington audience that North Korea is rapidly becoming a threat too hard to bear. 'I believe that President Xi agrees with me 100 percent.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has given a very upfront response on whether the world will go to war with North Korea.

This came amid North Korea's continuous nuclear tests, the most recent one being the sixth test, considered the most powerful to date. We ll see whether or not he can do it.

"Moreover, the United States economy - specifically the production agriculture sector-greatly benefits from the South Korea Free Trade Agreement".

Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Congressman Stephanie Murphy, said North Korea's nuclear test are a profoundly risky, defiant, and destabilising event.

"The US will lose significant market share to the EU, Australia, China and others while sending a very risky message that America is not interested in doing business in Asia", wrote Tami Overby, the lobbying group's senior vice president for Asia.

"It was a very good call, very warm discussion, very constructive", he told reporters in Canberra afterwards.

He has asked the United Nations to consider tough new sanctions after North Korea's latest nuclear test. "Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programme is a crude violation of UN Security Council resolutions, undermines the non-proliferation regime and creates a threat to the security of northeastern Asia", Putin said at a joint news conference.

The pair spoke for about 30 minutes about threats to national and worldwide security, with North Korea dominating the conversation.

White's statement said Mattis and Song discussed ways to improve regional defense cooperation.

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