Shortly after the signing by US President George W. Bush and his South Korean counterpart Roh Moo-hyun, rumors spread about a possible renegotiation of the text, citing possible opposition from US Democrats. Kim Jong-Hoon, South Korea`s chief negotiator for the 10 months of talks that led to the free trade deal, however, denied such rumors, assuring reporters: “The deal has been reached and that`s it. There will be no renegotiation. Kim`s comment came after his U.S. counterpart, Wendy Cutler, the U.S. vice representative for trade for Japan, Korea and apec affairs and chief negotiator of the KORUS-FTA negotiations, hinted that Democrats might be calling for changes in the labor field.  “South Korea has been an intransigent ally of the United States for 70 years. Now North Korea is provoking and China is strengthening its power and playing the muscles,” Choi Seok-young, a Korean business agent who co-wrote Korus, told the Washington Post at the time. We don`t quite understand what Mr. Trump`s main goal is to attack Korea by ending the Korea-United States. [Free Trade Agreement] at this critical time. But the Trump administration thinks it`s because the trade deal is bad for America. So he threatened to tear KORUS apart as soon as he arrived at the White House.
And everyone has taken the lead. Moon has used the U.S.-South Korea trade deal as leverage for these efforts. After Trump agreed to meet with the North Korean dictator again, he and Moon signed the deal. On March 16, 2018, the third round of Korea-U.S. Discussions on the ASP have begun.  The talks ended later on March 27, when an agreement in principle was reached between the Trump administration and the South Korean government. The conditions included an increase in annual exports of U.S. cars from 25,000 vehicles to 50,000 vehicles, needed only to comply with U.S.
safety rules instead of South Korean rules. A cap will also apply to South Korea`s steel exports to the United States, although South Korea remains exempt from the 25% steel tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on most other nations.  On September 24, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed the new agreement at the Lotte Palace Hotel in New York. Finally, and in particular, the agreement lacks the monetary manipulation provisions that the US has sought in other recent trade negotiations. At first, it appeared that the United States insisted that the provisions of the KORUS be similar to those agreed to in a subsidiary letter on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership, negotiated by the United States, but from which it later withdrew.39 The Trump administration was then able to include monetary provisions in the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement. Known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which has not yet been ratified by Congress40 Despite previous discussions on a KORUS41 monetary chapter, the latest renegotiated KORUS says nothing about monetary issues. However, Korea said it would start disclosing its foreign exchange transactions. There is a legal movement to create a special working group to speculate on a possible renegotiation of the agreement.   Korea FTA Text: The full text of the agreement. . .