Pence says US stands by ally Japan on North Korea problem

A USA official said the military was discussing a potential shoot-down ahead of Trump's meeting with Xi on 6 April at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

The comments dash the hopes of Japanese policymakers, who have said they want to avoid use of the economic dialogue as a forum to discuss a bilateral FTA that may put them under USA pressure to open up highly-protected areas like agriculture. "But I leave that for the future".

In Japan, Pence's two main goals are to spur increased USA access to Japanese markets and strengthen Japanese foreign investment.

It's Tokyo's oldest temple, and a highly popular tourist site that attracts crowds from around the world. Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence was immediately briefed about the failed test as he was in Seoul for a previously scheduled trip.

The U.S. and South Korea both have preemptive strike plans for a situation in which a North Korean nuclear attack appears imminent, and while Japan is considering new options, it still relies heavily on U.S. defense.

Pence struck a stern tone as he began talks with Abe and other Japanese leaders after arriving at a USA naval base from South Korea.

The North's freedom to conduct underground tests gives it the chance to significantly improve its weapons by using less fissile material per weapon and producing greater explosive yields, said David Albright, a physicist who oversees the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington.

Japan and the USA have outlined a path forward for economic talks between the countries.

It said the dialogue would focus on three areas: trade and investment rules and issues, cooperation in macroeconomic policy and specific industry sectors.

The unannounced visit at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia was a US show of force that allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.

Pence: US won't rest until N. Korea gives up nuclear weapons
Nevertheless, the US reportedly directed two additional aircraft carrier groups toward the Korean Peninsula this week. Pence is on a 10-day Asia trip that will also take him to Indonesia and Australia.

But what is to prevent Xi from pocketing Trump's concessions and continuing on the strategic course China has long pursued?

U.S. President Donald Trump said he declined to start a trade war with China because the country is taking steps to rein in the nuclear ambitions of North Korea.

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Japan to deliver a message to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"I will continue having constructive talks with Mr Pence so as to deepen the win-win economic relations between Japan and the U.S.", he said. "We are with you 100 percent", the visiting vice president said.

Abe said Japan likewise hopes for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang, "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless".

Pence's Asia tour came amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula.

The spokesman for the USA beef industry pointed out Japan's 38.5 percent tariff on beef is one of the world's highest in major markets.

As the USS Carl Vinson heads towards the peninsula, along with two other carriers, the Pentagon is looking for ways short of war to pressure North Korea into de-nuclearization, particularly if Pyongyang goes forward with an anticipated sixth nuclear test.

GEORGIA CONGRESSIONAL RACE Democrat Jon Ossof leads a field of 18 candidates in Tuesday's election for the Georgia congressional seat vacated by Trump's health secretary, and a win by the political novice in a reliably Republican district could spell trouble for the Republican president.

Related News:

  • Hundreds gather at cenotaph to honour Battle of Vimy Ridge

    The centre of the poppy is formed by a newly-unveiled sculpture of pairs of soldiers' feet by New Zealand artist Helen Pollock. Military boots symbolizing dead soldiers are seen at Canadian National Memorial in Vimy, France on Sunday.

    US VP Pence says to North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

    The White House faces mounting pressure to set conditions and limits for prospective intervention in North Korea. North Korea did test a missile on Sunday, but by US and South Korean accounts it failed "within seconds".
    Russell's HR caps 4-run 9th as Cubs top Brewers 7-4

    Russell's HR caps 4-run 9th as Cubs top Brewers 7-4

    Russell is the youngest Cubs player to hit a walk-off home run since Anthony Rizzo in 2012 according to CSN's Christopher Kamka. After Jon Jay got on with one out, Miguel Montero followed suite with a single to give runners on the corners with one out.
  • Rangers finally win playoff game at MSG, beat Habs to tie series

    Rangers finally win playoff game at MSG, beat Habs to tie series

    Jake Guentzel added a goal and an assist to help the defending Stanley Cup champions take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series . On Tuesday night, the Canadiens were looking to take a stranglehold in their first round series against the Rangers .

    North Korea will regularly test missiles

    In Tokyo , the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said: "Needless to say, diplomatic effort is important to maintain peace". This is all a reaction to a very weird week in relations between the United States and North Korea.
    Emirates Cuts Flights to U.S. Following Drop in Demand

    Emirates Cuts Flights to U.S. Following Drop in Demand

    Although both moves were blocked by USA judges, some passengers have been deterred from travelling. Although both moves were blocked by US judges, some travelers have been deterred.
  • Chechen men are reporting abuse, arrests and torture by government officials

    Chechen men are reporting abuse, arrests and torture by government officials

    The Guardian reports that Thursday saw a protest of up to 15,000 people outside a mosque in Chechnya's capital city, Grozny. "When left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can lead to destabilization and conflict", she said .
    Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination

    Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination

    Dubnyk's second playoff shutout came nearly two years to the day of his first, also against the Blues on April 20, 2015. To Dubnyk's credit, that's exactly what the Wild did in front of its goaltender in Game 4.
    We have to play a ideal  game against Juventus: Iniesta

    We have to play a ideal game against Juventus: Iniesta

    If Messi plays in the same role in El Clasico, Barcelona can kiss any chance they have of retaining La Liga goodbye. I wish them the best until the final, I believe they can win it.
  • Saturn's Moon 'Enceladus' Can Host Alien Life — NASA Announcement

    In 2015, researchers said that there was evidence of a warm ocean under the moon's surface, as NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reported . Sadly, we soon have to say goodbye to Cassini after all the fantastic work it's been doing in studying Saturn and its moons.
    Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, dies at 117

    Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, dies at 117

    Morano was unable to attend as she had been bed-bound for four years at the time, instead receiving visitors at her home. Emma's slumber routine consisted of waking each morning before 6 a.m. and retiring well before 7 p.m. each evening.

    Saudi officers killed in helicopter crash in Yemen

    Saudi Arabia has led a coalition battling Iran-backed Huthi rebels in its impoverished southern neighbour for the past two years. Multiple rounds of U.N-brokered peace talks have failed to bridge the gap between the warring parties in Yemen.


Most liked

Record-breaking debut for newest 'Fast and Furious' flick
Yet, the 100.2 million haul is still the second highest first-weekend domestic gross of the eight films in the series. Its opening figures saw it marginally overtake the $529m (£421.8m) secured by 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Drug Company Files Another Lawsuit Against Arkansas Over Use Of Execution Drugs
The legal issue that halted Monday's executions for Ward and Davis hinged on a separate, broader case pending before the U.S. However, after their lawyers argued they were mentally unfit to face execution, the Supreme Court issued a last-minute stay.

MPs clear way for general election on June 8
Elections are now set for 2020, just a year after the scheduled completion of Brexit talks. The Conservatives are expected to publish their manifesto in the week starting May 8.

NBA fines Grizzlies' Fizdale $30000 for officiating rant
That's more than the entire Memphis team, who were awarded 15 free throws (making 13 of them). You have to get your team going, and you do it whichever way is necessary, I guess.

Pence says US set on ensuring nuclear-free Korea
South Korean government officials said Pence's statement did not necessarily mean a complete overhaul of the agreement. Pence in a small group and hearing the vice president's speech to businesspeople at a Tokyo hotel on Wednesday.

Facebook Announces New Hi-Tech Features At Annual Developers Event
"For those of you watching us roll out cameras (read copying Snapchat) across all our platforms, that was act one". These places include everything from public spaces and parks, to restaurants, stores and other local businesses.

Shorten says axing 457 visa a 'con-job'
The ministry also added that it's in touch with Australia as well regarding the changes in that country's work visa programme. More than 17.5 per cent, or 24,236 were from India followed by Britain, with 20,583 and the Philippines, with 8996.

IPad Air 2 Reportedly Being Offered as Fourth Generation iPad Replacement
This is a great little move from Apple, as it ensures that users get at least something in return rather than nothing at all. With stock of the iPad 4 on the decline, Apple is resorted to providing the more recent iPad Air 2 as replacements units.

Ichiro authors ideal ending to potential final game in Seattle
Haniger extended his hitting streak to 13 games with three hits as the Mariners closed out their only homestand of April 6-3. Again the Mariners answered when Cruz and Seager opened the bottom of the inning with successive doubles for a 4-3 lead.

Fresno murders investigated as a hate crime
He's also suspected in the shooting death of a white security guard last week. "Kori Muhammad is a very calloused individual". County government buildings were placed on lockdown and residents were urged to shelter in place, according to reports.

French candidates boost security ahead of tense vote
The big surprise here would be Le Pen's failure to make it to the run-off, confounding years of opinion polls. Now Fillon polls in third, or arguably fourth place, because of a nepotism scandal involving his wife.

Why UnitedHealth Group Inc(NYSE: UNH) is trading green today
The current share price indicate that stock is -31.32% away from its one year high and is moving 126.29% ahead of its 52-week low. Vetr cut shares of UnitedHealth Group from a "strong-buy" rating to a "buy" rating in a research report on Friday, February 10th.

Caitlyn Jenner wasn't 'comfortable' having sex with Kris Jenner
And the ladies are shocked that Cait didn't tell them first she was undergoing gender-confirmation surgery. Kris has been described as "ballistic", accusing Cait of selling out her family to sell her book.

United Airlines to refund all passengers on infamous flight
Finding none - and no takers for financial compensation - four passengers were selected at random to give up their seats. Monday, United CEO Oscar Munoz sent a letter to employees backing the actions of the crew for following "procedures".

Woods to design course in southwest Missouri
The 18-time major victor was in Missouri for the announcement of the first public course designed by Woods' company TGR Design . For those wondering why Tiger Woods has been rumored to be hanging out in Branson, Missouri, the wait is over.