Pence Highlights US-Japan Ties in Troop Talk Aboard USS Reagan

Apr 20, 2017, 08:56
Pence Highlights US-Japan Ties in Troop Talk Aboard USS Reagan

United States Vice-President Mike Pence, warning North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programmes, has promised an "overwhelming and effective" response to any attack on the U.S. or its allies.

After meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other leaders, Pence told reporters that President Donald Trump was confident that economic and diplomatic pressure has a chance of compelling North Korea to cooperate.

As talks began Tuesday, Aso said the U.S. -Japan alliance has underpinned peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and that trade friction with the U.S. has given way to an "age of cooperation".

Mr. Pence visited a military base near the DMZ, Camp Bonifas, for a briefing with military leaders and to meet with American troops stationed there.

His plane touched down Tuesday at the USA military's Atsugi base outside Tokyo.

Pence's renewed threats against Pyongyang were amplified by open support by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham for a pre-emptive U.S. attack on North Korea even while acknowledging that millions of people would die.

On Monday, Pence traveled to the tense Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, where he warned North Korea's leaders that after years of testing the USA and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over".

Standing on the deck of the aircraft carrier, Pence said that the White House will continue to work with Japan, China and other allies in the region to put pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

Both the United States and acting South Korea president Hwang Kyo-ahn have said they would proceed with the early deployment to South Korea of THAAD despite Chinese objections.

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Mr. McMaster cited Mr. Trump's recent decision to order missile strikes in Syria after a chemical attack blamed on the Assad government as a sign that the President "is clearly comfortable making tough decisions".

In the past two weeks, Pence said, the world saw strength and resolve when Trump took decisive actions in Syria and Afghanistan.

The bottom line, Mr. McMaster has said, is to stop the North's weapons development and make the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free. "The Americans among you are so far away from home because the United States of America and Japan are bound by history, a time-honored treaty and the abiding oath of friendship".

The vice president is on a 10-day tour of Asia.

The U.S. bond with Japan is strong and growing stronger every day, he said.

A senior official with the Trump administration said the mistake was due to miscommunication.

Pence made the remark during a meeting with representatives of the US Chamber of Commerce here before leaving for Japan, the second stopover in his 10-day Asia-Pacific tour. But asked Wednesday if he envisioned direct negotiation between North Korea and the US, Pence replied, "not at this time". The regime released a video clip showing North Korean missiles passing over the Pacific and engulfing an American city in flames. Many have speculated that North Korea is gearing up to conduct a sixth nuclear test; it remains unclear exactly how the Trump administration would respond. A missile launch in the country failed and exploded over the weekend, likely as a result of a concerted USA cyber-hacking campaign. The adviser spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration's initial understanding of the launch.

Mr Trump campaigned on an "America First" pledge, promising to overhaul trade agreements that he said hurt United States jobs.