North Korea is 'getting the message': US Vice Prez Pence


Park Chan-ki, an official at the Trade Ministry, said the U.S. hasn't made any official request to start talks about reforming the U.S. -Korea trade agreement. His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the USA would rely on its allies as well as Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea. ECONOMY Planned fiscal stimulus from Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress could pose an "upside risk" to the US economy, Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George says, adding she is not yet forecasting it will materialize. US President Donald Trump also said he's sending an "armada" to Korea.

“While issues like [THAAD] remain, the president and I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea, but as President Trump made clear just a few short days ago, if China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States and our allies will, ” the vice president said.

With a U.S. aircraft carrier group steaming to the area in a show of force, fears of a confrontation have been rising.

A ship bell signaled his arrival Wednesday morning on the USS Ronald Reagan at the U.S. Yokosuka naval base south of Tokyo. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is undergoing scheduled maintenance at its home port.

Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged Wednesday that some of the Trump administration's promises have not yet come to fruition, but he is confident that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will be fruitful.

"America has played a certain role in Asia since 1945. that role has in the end of the day been a stabilizer", Delury said.

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North Korea regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States and it showed no let-up in its belligerence after the failed missile test on Sunday, a day after putting on a huge display of missiles at a parade in Pyongyang.

In that time span, North Korea has engaged in at least five missile tests, the most recent of which resulted in failure this past weekend. Soon after Trump took office, he pulled the US out of the TPP - which needed all the signatory nations to ratify the deal. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who met with Japan's trade minister, Hiroshige Seko, earlier Tuesday, said he hopes to soon begin talks on a free trade agreement with Japan.

Pence, his wife Karen and two daughters walked inside the main hall of colorful Senso-ji temple Tuesday as incense burned.

It was Pence's second stop on the trip, which will later take him to Australia and Indonesia. It is his first trip to Asia as vice president.

"I know the president is hopeful that China will use its influence here on the Korean Peninsula with North Korea to achieve that objective", he said.

But the vice president said he was encouraged and believed North Korea was listening to the Trump administration's concerns.

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ITV News' Senior International Correspondent John Irvine said that the United States say all options are on the table, but first and foremost it is a negotiating table at which they will lean on China. Aso informed reporters that he would talks with his USA counterpart abut a broad two-economic deal, and the two sides may agree upon the basic principles of the agreement.

After meeting with Abe, Pence held talks with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on a new US-Japan "economic dialogue" to be led by the two.

"The United States is troubled by China's economic retaliation against South Korea for taking appropriate steps to defend itself", the Vice President said. The discussions are to focus on economic and structural policy and trade and investment strategies aimed at strengthening both countries' economies.

Pence reassured Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that the US considers its alliance with Japan to be a cornerstone of security in the region.

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

"The officials call on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable, and irrevocably manner, to cease its provocative actions that only increase tensions in the region", they said.

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