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20 April 2017, 06:50 | Erica Roy
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"We have no schedule of a bilateral meeting either with the USA or China", Yoo said.
The country's Vice-Foreign Minister, Han Song-ryol, told the BBC Monday that North Korea would continue to test missiles "on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", and warned an "all-out war" would result if the US took military action.
After meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other world leaders, Pence reiterated President Donald Trump's confidence that significant pressure from the United States and her Asian allies will be enough to keep North Korea at bay.
In the past two weeks, Pence said, the world saw strength and resolve when Trump took decisive actions in Syria and Afghanistan.
And while the tensions with North Korea have dominated Pence's trip, the objective of it is to promote US trade in the region.
Visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday reiterated the commitment to working with Japan and other countries in the region to bring an end to nuclear and missile issues on the Korean Peninsula.
It's Tokyo's oldest temple, and a highly popular tourist site that attracts crowds from around the world. In the field of politics, Indonesia is ready to cooperate with the United States. It is his first trip to Asia as vice president.
Widodo said at the joint news conference with Pence the two countries would "increase the strategic partnership. which will focus on cooperation and investments". The four ministers are also expected to review President Donald Trump's first three months in office, according to a Japanese foreign ministry official who briefed reporters on customary condition of anonymity.
Opening up the Japanese market to USA agricultural exports will likely be one of the most heated topics of debate when and if talks move forward. They will meet again this year to ensure the project achieves "concrete economic results in the near term", Pence said.
Trump has accused both Japan and South Korea of imposing barriers on US automobile exports and keeping their currencies weak, hurting jobs for Americans and fueling trade imbalances. While tensions between North Korea and the United States have reached fever pitch, Pence met with South Korean and Japanese leaders to boost support against the rogue state.
The U.S. bond with Japan is strong and growing stronger every day, he said.
Indonesia is the latest stop on an Asian tour by Pence that is reinforcing traditional US alliances at a time when Donald Trump's presidency has raised questions about the strength of the USA commitment to the region.
"We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan", said Pence.
"You can rest assured, the full range of the United States military capability is dedicated to the protection of Japan," he said.
But asked Wednesday if he envisioned direct negotiation between North Korea and the US, Pence replied, "not at this time".
Washington had billed Pence's visit to Jakarta as a booster for a strategic partnership between the world's second- and third-largest democracies, but a raft of bilateral disputes with USA companies could sap the goodwill from his trip.
But his words aboard the Reagan about an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons by North Korea rang hollow. The Trump administration also wants to slash red tape and introduce a plan to fix America's creaking infrastructure.
White House officials say the meetings in Tokyo are meant to forge a framework for future discussions after the US withdrew from a Pacific Rim trade pact.
On the March Jobs Report
In January, he pledged to create 25 million jobs in 10 years, which would amount to 208,000 jobs added to the economy per month. Despite the weaker than expected job growth, the unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in March from 4.7 percent in February.