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Updated trade pact reinforces critical US-South Korea alliance

A United States-South Korea trade deal - Korus for short - that was signed in New York on Monday by Presidents Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in is a modest update to the 2012 agreement struck between the nations.

But it boosts Mr Donald Trump domestically. Vice-President Mike Pence tweeted: "We now have an improved trade deal with South Korea that will make a positive difference for American workers and American businesses. Promises made, promises kept!"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2018, with the headline 'Updated trade pact reinforces critical US-S. Korea alliance'. Print Edition | Subscribe