"Terminating KORUS would leave our farmers at a competitive disadvantage to those in other countries that enjoy preferential trade access to Korea", Ernst wrote, adding: "I respectfully urge you not withdraw the USA from KORUS".
Members of Congress from both parties have called on US President Donald Trump not to withdraw from a free trade deal with South Korea in light of the missile threat from Pyongyang. "President Xi would like to do something". We ll see whether or not he can do it. He doesn't want to see what's happening there, either'. "I believe that President Xi agrees with me 100 per cent. We had a very, very frank and very strong phone call".
"Certainly that's not our first choice, but we will see what happens", Trump said as he boarded Marine One at the White House.
In a conversation Tuesday with Britain's Prime Minister, the White House says Trump stressed that "now is not the time to talk to North Korea" and that "all options remain open" to defend the US and its allies.
The US has been continuously urging China to put more pressure on the reclusive nation to limit his controversial missile programme as China is the North's main trading partner.
He says of the 1.3 million metric tons of soybeans that South Korea imports, half of that comes from the United States.
Plans for the Gothic-horror-sounding weapon emerged the day after President Trump agreed "in principle" to scrap a 1,100-pound warhead weight limit on the South's missiles.
Those warnings came after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test.
However, the talks stalled this summer as North Korea launched a series of missile tests and the Trump administration pledged to stand by its ally South Korea.
Lavrov also said Moscow is "willing to consider" a USA draft resolution condemning North Korea's nuclear test submitted to the U.N. Security Council if its stance opposing a military response is taken into account.
Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council could consider banning North Korean textile exports, barring its airline or stopping supplies of oil to the government and military. The U.S. military said the four remaining Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries would be deployed on a golf course in the south of the country on Thursday.