Improvements to South Korea-US trade deal may not shrink America's deficit

Cheryl Sanders
May 1, 2017

China and Russian Federation have said repeatedly that THAAD's advanced radar is far more powerful than needed to monitor military actions in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which the U.S. cited as the reason to deploy it in the ROK.

South Korean and USA national security advisers agreed on Thursday that the deployment was moving ahead smoothly, South Korea's presidential office said.

The Korea Tourism Organization revealed that this year, only 360,000 tourists from China entered the country in March, compared to more than 600,000 visitors who arrived in the same month last year.

Trump also told Reuters that a major conflict with North Korea was possible over its nuclear program but that he would prefer a diplomatic solution, and that he wanted South Korea to pay for the US$1 billion (RM4.35 billion) Thaad anti-missile defence system. So far, six trailers carrying the THAAD radar, interceptor launchers, communications, and support equipment have been stationed at the Lotte Skyhill Seongju Country Club in South Korea.

South Korea has said China has discriminated against some South Korean companies in retaliation against the deployment.

The latest missile test flew about 44 miles and failed, falling onto an inlet which is part of North Korea.

THAAD's deployment has severely undermined China's strategic security interests, he said.

General Cai Jun said the anti-missile system would worsen tensions on the Korean Peninsula and "cause regional confrontation or even a comprehensive arms race".

U.S. President Donald Trump is asking South Korea to shell out $1 billion because of a trade deal he said he is not happy with.

Mr Trump has already changed his stance on whether China should help to tackle North Korea.

As Reuters further adds, the Chinese Defense Ministry's statements come as the United States continues to urge Beijing to put pressure on North Korea, as China is the country's main economic lifeline.

The latest addition of the pentagon to the heavy presence of the United States military in South Korea has seen military experts analyze the implication and efficiency in comparison with North Koreas military capabilities.

"Our government will keep monitoring the situation and continue our effort to explain to the United States the mutually reciprocal outcome of South Korea-U.S. FTA, while preparing for countermeasures", the ministry said.

The two countries have been in a security alliance since the 1950-53 Korean War, and more than 28,000 US troops are stationed in the South.

He repeatedly insisted that Mexico would pay the estimated $21 billion for the border wall along the US-Mexican border - a key campaign pledge - but President Enrique Pena Nieto refused and consequently cancelled his first scheduled trip to the White House. "It's a frightful deal, and we are going to renegotiate that deal or terminate it". He said there have been "no pre-talks" with the USA regarding the issue.

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