In 2016, the U.S. goods deficit with South Korea was $27.7 billion. That sounds like a lot, but it`s only a fraction of the U.S. trade deficit with Japan ($69 billion) and China ($579 billion). The United States reported a small surplus in so-called “services” exports, mainly from Korean tourism to the United States and Koreans who paid taxes at U.S. universities. Following discussions at the G20 summit in Seoul in November 2010 and new negotiations in December 2010 in Maryland, Presidents Obama and Lee announced on December 4, 2010, that an agreement had been reached; then signed an updated version of the agreement.      On March 15, 2012, the agreement came into force.  The trade agreement involves approximately 362 million consumers in the United States and the Republic of Korea. [Citation required] The treaty removes 95% of each country`s tariffs on goods in five years and creates new safeguards for multi-state financial services and other businesses.
 For the United States, the treaty was the first free trade agreement with a major Asian economy and the largest trade agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1993. For South Korea, the FREI KORUS agreement is only the free trade agreement signed with the European Union and other free trade agreements signed with Chile, Singapore, the European Free Trade Area and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).  But the biggest factor in trade imbalance is car sales, and that`s what really bothers the Trump administration. In 2016, Americans imported $16 billion worth of Korean cars – about 10 times more than the $1.5 billion spent by South Koreans importing U.S. cars. Auto industry experts say the reason is quite simple: Americans love Hyundai and Kia cars much more than South Koreans like Chevys and Fords. In September 2017, those fears intensified when Trump`s news ordered his advisers to write papers to pull out of the trade deal with Korea. In early January 2018, the two countries held the first round of discussions on possible changes to the auto trade and the continued opening of the Korean agricultural market11. Just one week after Trump announced protective tariffs that would affect Korean washing machines and solar panels.12 During this tense second round.12 During this tense second round.12 During this tense second round.12 During this tense second round.12 During this tense second round.1 2 During this tense second round.12 During this tense second round.12 During this tense second round.12 This tense second round.12 During this tense second round.12 During this tense second round.12 During this tense second round.12 During this tense second round, the United States continued to insist on changes to the sale of cars in Korea. In the meantime, Korea has made detailed proposals to reform the Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism (ISDR) and has expressed concern about protective tariffs on washing machines and solar panels13.13 “South Korea has been a tenacious ally of the United States for 70 years. Today, North Korea and China are strengthening their power and bending to the muscles,” Choi Seok-young, a Korean trade official who co-wrote KORUS, told The Washington Post at the time. “We don`t quite understand the main purpose of the gentleman.