United States Vice President Mike Pence evades question on North Korea sabotage

Pence heads to Japan for meetings

Defence officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan, who were in Tokyo for trilateral security talks, said in a statement North Korea should give up its weapons development irrevocably.

North Korea did test a missile on Sunday, but by US and South Korean accounts it failed "within seconds". Pence has sought to reassure allies in the region that the U.S.is still committed to trade and economic ties despite Trump's decision on TPP.

"Hopefully Pence's visit indicates a change in attitude, at least that they are moving away from the stance that they don't like Islam much", he added.

During last year's presidential campaign, President Donald Trump said he'd be willing to speak with Kim Jong Un, but when asked Wednesday if there would be any direct negotiations Pence said "not at this time". "We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told BBC. The enemies of our freedom and this alliance would do well not to test the resolve of this President - or the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and our allies.

The Vice President opened up the prospect of a bilateral agreement with Japan, a country that the president accused of unfair trade practices.

Vice President Mike Pence said that the United States' response to any use of weapons by North Korea will be "overwhelming and effective", in a new warning to the reclusive state Wednesday.

Japan, a staunch USA ally that hosts about 50,000 American troops on its turf, has in recent years developed military cooperation with other countries, including Australia, France and Britain.

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Pence, himself, indicated that the administration is looking for a non-military way out of the crisis.

Despite his declaration that the USA has its sword ready, some analysts noted that the USS Ronald Reagan is in the middle of scheduled maintenance that will be completed only next month, with 100 pilots from its air wing yet to undergo training for deployment.

Pence said, "We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan".

Indonesia, where most practice a moderate form of Islam, has always been held up as an example of a successful Muslim democracy where followers of the faith live largely peacefully alongside religious minorities.

Pence delivered President Trump's strong resolve to closely cooperate with South Korea, Japan and China to seek a peaceful solution to the North's nuclear issue. Pence is now on a 10-day trip in A.

North Korea's aggressions have begun to rattle China, especially since the country threatened a nuclear strike against the United States. For more than two decades, from the Agreed Framework of 1994, the Six-Party Talks from year 2003 to '09, to the strategic patience of the recent past, the United States and our allies have worked to tirelessly to peacefully dismantle North Korea's nuclear program and alleviate the suffering of its people.

After talks with Japan's deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, Pence said the US would work with Japan, China and other nations to get Pyongyang to give up its atomic weapons program.

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