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Defense treaty covers Diaoyutai: Vice President Pence

21 April 2017

"If the United States is unwilling to negotiate with North Korea, and the regime is unwilling to abandon its nuclear and missile programs based on pressure alone, the prospect of the United States using military action to prevent North Korea from developing the capability to strike the continental United States becomes more likely".

US Vice President Mike Pence, center, visits the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border between North and South Korea on April 17, 2017.

In a press conference after his meeting with Hwang on Monday, Pence warned Pyongyang not to test the resolve, exhibited by the Trump administration in recent attacks in Syria and Afghanistan, through its continued weapons tests. Trump has also criticized devaluation of the yen, but when the yen has been strong in the past, sales of US vehicles have still been sluggish.

Trump pulled the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which had been negotiated between 12 countries including Japan and the United States, and shifted his focus to bilateral negotiations.

He visited South Korea earlier and will head to Indonesia after his stop in Japan.

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

He said the U.S. would look for changes to make it a mutually beneficial trade deal "as we reform KORUS in the days ahead".

Nasarudin Umar (L) and Muhammad Muzammil Basyuni (R) show the Istiqlal grand mosque to US Vice President Mike Pence.

"The United States will strengthen its presence in the Asia Pacific", he said.

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Pence also spoke to U.S. and South Korea business leaders in Seoul, saying that the Trump administration wants to restructure the South Korea-U.S. trade deal, known as 'Korus.' He says the trade deficit with South Korea has doubled since the deal came into effect.

Pence brought the message from their Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump to the troops - "he's proud of you" - and to thank them for their service.

Over the past six months, Indonesia has wrestled with mining giant Freeport McMoRan, demanding the company divest 51 per cent of its shares in its Papua-based gold and copper mine, and has demanded that Google Inc settle unpaid taxes of more than US$400 million.

"While all our options are on the table, President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China to achieve a peaceful resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"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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"It does very seriously damage the credibility of the pressure the Americans are trying to apply to North Korea", said Hugh White, who was deputy secretary for strategy and intelligence in the Australian Department of Defense from 1995 to 2000.