Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Pence says US set on ensuring nuclear-free Korea

Pence says US set on ensuring nuclear-free Korea

Pence told reporters Monday that Trump was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons program. Pence is visiting Indonesia as part of his Asia tour.

The last time Wu visited Pyongyang, in early February past year, his job was to urge restraint after North Korea announced a plan to put a satellite into orbit with a long-range rocket. But the vice president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

A Japanese official says a difference in approach remains with the US despite an agreement on a framework for new bilateral economic talks.

He has also raised the matter with the Chinese leadership since taking office.

The new forum for trade talks was launched by Trump and Abe during the Japanese leader's visit to the February.

Both sides said they do not expect the talks in Tokyo this week to delve into sector-by-sector talks on trade.

Pence said after the meeting that Trump believes it is in America's interest to negotiate economic deals on a bilateral basis. It also plans to keep tabs on the US trade deficit and monitor Washington's reviews of its other trade agreements.

Pence, his wife Karen and two daughters walked inside the main hall of colorful Senso-ji temple Tuesday as incense burned.

North Korean state media last week warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression, but the White House said there was no evidence it possessed that capability.

North Korea could react to a potential United States strike by targeting South Korea or Japan, and officials in both countries have been ill at ease with the more bellicose language deployed by President Donald Trump's administration. He hinted at conditioning the reversal on added Beijing pressure on Pyongyang, tweeting, "Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?" Likewise, in scheduled "listening sessions" with business leaders from each country - and, in particular, by formally opening the U.S.

After meeting with Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, he says Indonesia and the US are both democracies and share the same values.

But a new factor has been introduced into the situation: President Donald Trump, whose inexperience and unpredictability have cast the situation on the peninsula in uncertainty.

White House officials said the economic meetings in Tokyo, with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and other officials, are meant to forge a framework for future discussions after the USA withdrew from a Pacific Rim trade pact.

Ross has said he hopes to soon begin talks on a free trade agreement with Japan.

Pence said on Monday the world had witnessed Trump's resolve in the past two weeks, which saw a USA missile attack on a Syrian airfield and the dropping of a powerful non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan.

"We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan", Pence said.

Ms Bishop supported the United States change of strategy and said all options were on the table, including military action.

Abe and Pence agreed to hold another "two-plus-two" ministerial-level security dialogue in the near future, the officials said.

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