South Korea says after US talks recognizes need to amend trade pact

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - South Korea indicated on Wednesday it was open to amending a free trade pact with the United States after initial differences over how to revise the 2012 agreement, which U.S. President Donald Trump called "a horrible deal."

After a day of talks in Washington, South Korea's trade ministry said in a statement "the two sides recognized the need to amend the FTA to enhance mutual benefits of the KORUS FTA."

The U.S. trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, said the United States looked forward to stepped-up talks "to resolve outstanding implementation issues as well as to engage soon on amendments that will lead to fair, reciprocal trade." (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)