President Donald Trump's bid to leverage the new USA trade deal with South Korea to influence nuclear talks with North Korea is unlikely to have any useful effect other than reminding Seoul that backing Washington pays no dividends, former Assistant Secretary of State Chas Freeman told Sputnik on Friday.
A statement by U.S.
Koh Yu-hwan, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University, told The Times Trump is "twisting South Korea's arms" so the upcoming summit with North Korea will not fail.
It has been subjected to multiple rounds of sanctions by the United Nations (UN) Security Council, US, South Korea, and others as a result, and tensions in the region have soared, with Kim and Trump engaging in a fiery war of words past year.
The deal with South Korea is seen by Trump and his negotiators as a template for negotiating other existing free trade agreements with the European Union as well as Canada and Mexico with respect to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), analysts have said.
In that regard, experts speculate that North Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong-ho plans to visit Moscow next month to talk about a possible summit between North Korea and Russian Federation.
South Korea settled disputes with the Trump administration over steel tariffs and the revision of a free-trade agreement this week.
Around that time, South Korean negotiators started to see a glimmer of hope they could save the trade pact, which has seen the US goods trade deficit with South Korea double since 2012 when it took effect. He called for officials from both countries to do their best to "perfectly secure the historic meeting between the leaders".
The announcement came Thursday after high-level talks between the two sides in Panmunjom.
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Kim Hyun-chong, South Korea's trade minister, holds a press briefing after negotiations conclude on the U.S.
The official and another trade official said almost 30 South Korean negotiators had to move hotels repeatedly in Washington when their trip took longer than expected, at times finding themselves crammed into a hotel room to work on their negotiation strategy for the next day.
The ministry had made a request to the US side, said a senior ministry official who declined to identified due to the sensitivity of the matter.
The statement said the talks represented "important progress in improving Korea-US trade and economic relations, based on their strong and enduring security relationship". "Later on, we got closer and our relations developed to something like a bromance".
North Korea has made it clear it intends to leave all discussions on its national security to negotiations with the United States.
North and South Korea have had exactly two leader summits before this, in 2000 and 2007.
"The steel issue effectively provided an opening. So we've redone it and that's going to level the playing field on steel and cars and truck coming into this country". "This suddenly became a win-win".