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China Willing to Work With US for Peace in Korean Peninsula

20 April 2017, 06:59 | Erica Roy

China Willing to Work With US for Peace in Korean Peninsula

U.S. President Trump walks to Marine One before departing for Wisconsin from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington

With their meeting, Pence and Aso are to start a series of US-Japan trade talks announced by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February.

Pence visited the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the US and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over".

On Monday, Pence traveled to the tense Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, where he warned North Korea's leaders that after years of testing the USA and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told business leaders in Seoul on Tuesday that the Trump administration will review and reform the five-year-old free trade agreement between the two countries.

Before Pence's arrival, Aso told reporters the talks were meant to provide, "not friction, but cooperation".

Pence arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch.

Their hope is that the White House will focus on pressuring China, Pyongyang's only major ally and biggest trade partner, to redouble its efforts to rein in the regime and prompt North Korea to return to the negotiating table after it abandoned the six-party talks in 2009.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a new appeal Tuesday for calm on the Korean Peninsula.

Abe said Japan hoped for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang, "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue".


Wang told reporters that although US officials have made clear that a military strike remains a possibility, he believes that Washington would still prefer to de-escalate tensions through multi-sided talks.

The North Korean deputy envoy asserted that Pyongyang would hold the United States "wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions".

The vice president's team has said that the main objective of his visit is to increase U.S. access to Japanese markets, as well as to push for more investment in the US.

Pence and Aso said they believed the dialogue could yield opportunities to create new jobs on both sides and to fortify the economic aspects of the alliance.

Pence said on Monday that 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. "If they are used by North Korea for military goal, they must have been modified by the North Korean side", said the sales manager, who would give only his surname, Wang.

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.

In preliminary meetings Tuesday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross sat down with Japan's trade minister, Hiroshige Seko.

As Indiana governor, Pence saw firsthand the impact of Japanese automakers Toyota, Honda and Subaru, whose factories employ thousands of people in his home state.



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