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21 April 2017, 03:04 | Erica Roy
"Being aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, seeing these extraordinary soldiers, sailors, and Marines gives me great confidence that the United States' presence in the region is strong and under President Trump's leadership will be stronger still", Pence said.
KORUS, which was signed five years ago, provides duty-free access for 95 percent of consumer and industrial goods. "If that was a lie, then during Trump's term, South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says". "Our businesses continue to face too many barriers to entry, which tilts the playing field against American workers and American growth", he told local business leaders.
In light of the failure of military and economic measures, diplomatic engagement looks like the only option left, but Pence has made the US's stance on this clear: "Not at this time".
The four most important words Pence has said on his Asia trip so far were in response to a key question: Will the USA talk to North Korea?
After the announcement, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said it was a "prudent" decision to send the ships to waters off the Korean Peninsula to deter the North. U.S. President Donald Trump also said he's sending an "armada" to Korea. "We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told BBC. He called the regime "the most unsafe and urgent threat to peace and security" in the region.
"While all our options are on the table, President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China to achieve a peaceful resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
"It can be interpreted as an overall review [of the USA government of its trade negotiations] in regard to the trade barrier report that is expected to be released at the end of June", Yoo Il-ho, who is also finance minister, said Wednesday.
Japan and the USA have outlined a path forward for economic talks between the countries.
Pence spoke on board the USS Ronald Reagan, docked in Japan.
Indonesia is officially secular and most of its 220 million Muslims practise a moderate form of Islam, although the country has some vocal Islamist groups and has suffered in the past from attacks by militants. The discussions are to focus on economic and structural policy and trade and investment strategies aimed at strengthening both countries' economies.
"America has played a certain role in Asia since 1945. that role has in the end of the day been a stabilizer", Delury said.
US Vice President Mike Pence doubled down on the US commitment to Asia Pacific with a stern warning for North Korea, which he called the "most risky and urgent threat" to the region.
North Korea's aggressions have begun to rattle China, especially since the country threatened a nuclear strike against the United States. The sector is lobbying the administration to cut a free trade deal with Japan.
"But at the same time", the prime minister said, "dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure on North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue".
The White House foreign policy advisor said that Pence will also praise Widodo's "leadership on counter-terrorism".
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