US President Donald Trump says he may delay the implementation of a major trade deal recently made with South Korea until Washington reaches an agreement with North Korea over abandoning its nuclear and ballistic missiles program.
Trump described on Thursday the agreement with Seoul as a “very strong card” that could be used as leverage in the upcoming negotiations with North Korea over Pyongyang’s denuclearization.
“I may hold it up until after a deal is made with North Korea,” Trump said during a speech in the US state of Ohio. “Do you know why? Because it’s a very strong card and I want to make sure everybody is treated fairly and we’re moving along very nicely with North Korea.”
Earlier this week, Washington and Seoul announced they had agreed to make changes to their six-year-old free-trade deal, aiming to double the number of cars US automakers were able to export and imposing a 30 percent cut to the amount of steel South Korea…