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20 April 2017, 09:30 | Melissa Porter
Richard Drew AP File
Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday declined to say whether the United States had any role in North Korea's failed missile test over the weekend and said that "the patience of the USA and its allies in this region has really run out - and we're beginning to take such measures diplomatically to isolate Pyongyang".
"I think the path of negotiations with North Korea has been a colossal failure now for more than 25 years", Pence told the Washington Post.
He said that under President Donald Trump, the US will stand up to its enemies with its allies.
Vice President Mike Pence avoided a direct answer when asked if the USA used any cyber or electronic technology to sabotage Sunday's North Korean missile test.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence talks with members of the American Chamber of Commerce at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Pence arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday from South Korea and reassured Japan of U.S. commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions in a series of meetings with Japanese leaders, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Asked what North Korea must do, he repeated that "all options are on the table, and there they will remain".
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought to expand Japan's defense role and capability in the face of North Korea's threat and China's increasing assertive maritime activity in the East and South China Seas.
"We are with you 100 per cent", he told the premier.
One of the most common refrains from Trump, Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been "the era of strategic patience is over", referring to what was essentially a wait-and-see tactic to dealing with Pyongyang but is notoriously vague, says Neill.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has once again pledged the Trump administration's commitment to defending its allies in Asia from North Korea and any other threats.
North Korea's aggressions have begun to rattle China, especially since the country threatened a nuclear strike against the United States.
"We're already seeing our allies in South Korea and Japan and the wider world standing behind us, but China is taking unprecedented steps to economically isolate North Korea and given the fact that China represents more than 80% of the exports from North Korea is enormously important", Pence said.
South Korean government officials said Pence's statement did not necessarily mean a complete overhaul of the agreement.
Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network last week he was sending an "armada" to the Korean Peninsula in a show of force, including the USS Carl Vinson.
A senior official with the Trump administration said the mistake was due to miscommunication.
Pence arrived in Japan after visiting South Korea and leaves for Indonesia later on Wednesday. "That's what being undermined here with a president who thrives on unpredictability.it's going to eat away at the fundamental credibility of the U.S. role in Asia".
"Those who would challenge our resolve or our readiness should know we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response", Pence said later in Wednesday's remarks.
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