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Pence avoids direct answer on North Korea sabotage

Pence avoids direct answer on North Korea sabotage

"We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan, but as you know and the United States knows, peace comes through strength and we will stand strongly with Japan and strongly with our allies for a peace and security in this region", Pence added.

"Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response", Pence said.

The Japanese side started its agenda-setting moves following the February meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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".

"My hope is that they'll continue to get the message not just from the United States, here in Japan, and in South Korea, but on an increasing basis from China and countries all over the world committing to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", he said.

Speaking inside the ship's ceremonial room, the vice president spoke to CNN after addressing about 2,500 troops on the ship's deck - something he said he's never done before.

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But economic policy advisers traveling with Pence reportedly said the trip is also aimed at reassuring Washington's allies that the current administration wants to boost trade in the Asia Pacific region particularly after the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. "As President Trump has made clear to the world the era of strategic patience is over".

Sin Hong-choi, North Korea's deputy foreign minister, made some explosive comments in an interview, when he stated: "The time of dictating orders by brandishing the U.S. military might has gone".

"The days of broken promises and the days of running out the clock on agreements with the wider world are over", he said.

Tensions between North Korea and its adversaries have flared recently ahead of a key holiday and amid analyst reports of a potential sixth nuclear test. 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. Pence would not confirm or deny to CNN whether the United States used cybercapabilities to thwart it.

"I really can't comment on the electronic or technological capabilities of our military", Pence told Bash.

It is the first reaction by North Korea though Uriminzokkiri is not its state media.

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Trump's new strategy involves engaging with North Korea's neighbors to bring an end to their pursuit of nuclear weapons, Pence said.

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday hailed Japanese companies for contributing to USA economic prosperity, moving to ease fears over the protectionist agenda of President Donald Trump. AP reporter Jonathan Lemire reported from NY.

"I think the path of negotiations with North Korea has been a colossal failure now for more than 25 years", Pence told me.

The US administration has come under criticism following revelations that the strike group led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was actually heading in the opposite direction despite an earlier announcement that it would be heading to waters off the Korean Peninsula.

South Korean government officials said Pence's statement does not necessarily mean a complete overhaul of the agreement.

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