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Defense treaty covers Diaoyutai: Vice President Pence

Defense treaty covers Diaoyutai: Vice President Pence

Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday declined to say whether the United States had any role in North Korea's failed missile test over the weekend and said that "the patience of the USA and its allies in this region has really run out - and we're beginning to take such measures diplomatically to isolate Pyongyang".

Aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, Mike Pence reaffirmed the USA commitment to defend its East Asian allies from North Korea.

Asked if he envisioned direct negotiation between North Korea and the US, Pence said, "Not at this time".

US Vice President Mike Pence has told business leaders in Seoul that the Trump administration will review and reform the five-year-old free trade agreement between the two countries.

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Pence made a surprise visit to the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea Monday where he declared the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea to be over.

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Beijing yesterday said it was seriously concerned by recent comments from Pyongyang. The video depicts America's destruction under a hail of nuclear warheads delivered from space by North Korean missiles.

The U.S. military said on April 10 that the aircraft carrier strike group Trump was referring to had been ordered to "sail north and report on station in the Western Pacific" after departing Singapore.

The Obama administration's basic policy of "strategic patience" held that the USA government would not engage in dialogue unless North Korea took concrete actions toward denuclearization.

However, a senior Japanese Defense Ministry official said, "North Korea considers nuclear development to be a means of deterring USA attacks".

Pence spoke of the 50,000 US troops and 50,000 civilians and family members stationed in Japan and committed America to "continue to deploy more of our most advanced military assets to the region in the years ahead".

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

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Both sides said they do not expect the talks in Tokyo this week to delve into sector-by-sector talks on trade.

The Japanese government has asked the United States to hold prior consultations in the event of military action and is seeking cooperation from the USA military for the evacuation of Japanese nationals in South Korea.

But the meetings could indicate how forcefully the US will pressure Japan to further open its farm and automotive sectors.

"The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready", Pence added.

The official said Tuesday that Japan still hopes to bring the USA back into a multilateral framework such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deficit with Japan was $69 billion previous year.

Pence said the US trade deficit has more than doubled in the five years since the U.S.

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