VP Pence meets Indonesian president on Asia tour


"It is our belief by bringing together the family of nations with diplomatic and economic pressure we have a chance of achieving a freeze on the Korean Peninsula", said Pence.

Pence's first engagement in Indonesia was morning tea with Jokowi at the presidential palace.

Indonesia is the latest stop on an Asian tour by Pence that is reinforcing traditional US alliances at a time when Donald Trump's presidency has raised questions about the strength of the USA commitment to the region.

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In 2005, those talks produced an agreement that might have led to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. That two-week window overlaps with North Korea's military foundation day on April 25.

The US played its own part in the tensions with surprise bombing action in Syria and Afghanistan, which Pence held up Wednesday as proof of US resolve. Pence was joined by American softball star Monica Abbott and Japanese player Akinori Iwamura. Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that USA plans to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China. It's trying to revive the TPP without the U.S. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, walks in the garden of Merdeka Palace with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 20, 2017. But the vice president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

The American vice president is on a 10-day trip to Asia that has been dominated by the North Korea issue.

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Later, he met with the Japanese finance minister when the two nations formally launched the U.S. -Japan economic dialogue, which is the first step towards negotiating a bilateral trade agreement.

Kim said Washington is likely to demand South Korea buy more USA products, but in order to increase exports, the United States would need to create products that South Korean customers would want.

"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. Beijing claims most of the South China Sea, but has overlapping claims with a number of Southeast Asian countries. "And the approach President Trump has taken is not engagement with North Korea but renewed and more vigorous engagement with North Korea's principle economic partner [China]".

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