Pence says U.S. to expand military alliance with Japan

Vice President Mike Pence sent another clear warning to North Korea on Wednesday, telling personnel aboard a Japan-based USA aircraft carrier that "all options are on the table" when dealing with the Stalinist regime.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told business leaders in Seoul on Tuesday the Trump administration would review and reform the five-year-old free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea.

Pence's tour of Asia is a trip to reassure key Asian allies and he is expected to convey President Donald Trump's wish of boosting trade connections in the region.

The U.S.is trying to ratchet up pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Pence arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday from South Korea and reassured Japan of USA commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions in a series of meetings with Japan's leaders, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

And I bring greetings to our soldiers here and to soldiers of South Korea from the President of the United States.

Pence heads for Indonesia later on Wednesday. And the vice president believes American voters will be able to pinpoint accomplishments as it reflects on the administration's first 100 days. He did not comment on what might have caused the missile to fail. The trip so far has been dominated by USA and allies' concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile development efforts. But asked Wednesday if he envisioned direct negotiation between North Korea and the US, Pence replied, "not at this time".




On Sunday, as part of celebrations to mark the birthday of late North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, state television aired a concert which included a video showing the USA engulfed in flames.

US Vice President Mike Pence has issued a fresh warning to North Korea, saying that Washington will counter any potential attack with an "overwhelming and effective" response.

"I really can't comment on the electronic and technical capabilities of our military, but we certainly would recognize that that was a failed missile test, it failed nearly immediately", he said.

We commend them for their vigilance here along this historic frontier of freedom, and we express the resolve of the people of the United States of America to stand together in the months and years ahead with the people of South Korea to both preserve their freedom, and ensure the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. This, they said, is crucial as Beijing has influence over the regime in Pyongyang.

The Yomiuri ShimbunA perspective of mutual benefit is called for in formulating a new Japan-U.S. economic framework. But his response went beyond offering a simple "no comment", as he made it very clear that the United States recognized that the launch failed, and failed nearly immediately.

As the White House works to "maximize pressure" on North Korea, one of the ways it is hoping to turn up the heat is by deploying a high-powered anti-missile defense system to the region.

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