"We want to send an unambiguous message especially to north Korea that any attempt to use weapons of any kind against our allies in this region or American forces overseas will be defeated and will be met with overwhelming force", Pence said.
North Korea on Thursday accused the USA of escalating tension in the Korean peninsula by sending Vice President Mike Pence to Seoul, where he warned Pyongyang not to test the resolve of President Donald Trump's government.
"The enemies of our freedom and this alliance would do well not to test the resolve of this president or the capabilities of the armed forces of the United States of America and our allies", he said to cheers and applause from the assembled personnel.
Pence on Monday had traveled to the tense zone dividing the two Koreas, where he warned North Korea's leaders that after years of testing the US and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over".
North Korea, on some level, must know this.
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"Pence insisted that the U.S.is finished with the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement".
Indonesia is on President Donald Trump's trade hit list, and a USA company that operates the world's largest copper mine in the Indonesian province of Papua is in a protracted dispute with the Indonesian government.
"The U.S. seeks stronger and more balanced bilateral trade agreements with every country, including Japan", he said.
Yesterday China expressed "serious concern" at North Korea's nuclear development. "We're trying to make it very clear to people in this part of the world that we are going to achieve the end of a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula - one way or the other".
The Japan-U.S. "economic dialogue" - the idea for which emerged after the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump - is aimed at discussing trade policies and economic cooperation between the world's largest and third-largest economies.
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Pence repeated the phrase in South Korea, the first stop on his tour, and again during his speech aboard the Ronald Reagan.
"I think the path of negotiations with North Korea has been a colossal failure now for more than 25 years", Pence told me.
Sporting a green flight jacket, Pence addressed a crowd of hundreds of American and Japanese troops aboard the carrier Ronald Reagan, now undergoing maintenance in port in Yokosuka Japan.
"North Korea is the most risky and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", he said. "But the fact is that they have the overwhelming leverage over the North Korea regime", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters Tuesday in Canberra, Australia's capital.
Vice President Mike Pence with United States service members in Tokyo on April 19.
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North Korean soldiers at a military training in March 2013. Surprise strikes - both on a Syrian airfield in the wake of a chemical attack, and on an ISIS target in Afghanistan - have demonstrated the Trump administration's apparent preparedness to launch military action.