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VPOTUS pool report 2 - Pence remarks
Andrew Beatty • Agence France-Presse
April 18, 2017: 09:39 AM


After his round table the Vice President held a larger event with around 100 US and Korean business representatives

He made remarks for around 17 minutes, they were open press, but here is the gist.

He praised the decades old US-ROK relationship, saying "we are with you 100 percent, don't doubt it for a second."

He repeated some of the language from yesterday about the threat from North Korea.

He expressed great confidence that China will deal properly with North Korea.

Turning to trade he praised ROK FDI into the United States and the scale of US service exports to South Korea.

But, he said, "we have to be honest about where our trade relationship is falling short," he said mentioning in particular the trade deficit and barriers to market access.

"Our businesses continue to face too many barriers to entry, which tilts the playing field against American workers."

We need to "level that playing field" he added, saying "we will work with you" as we "reform KORUS in the days ahead."

The remarks wrapped and at 9:36 we are rolling to the airport.

Note - in pool report 1 the room was referred to as a ballroom, it was more of a conference room. Sorry.



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