Pence says US stands by ally Japan on North Korea problem

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence looks at the North side from Observation Post Ouellette in the Demilitarized Zone, near the border village of Panmunjom which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War South Korea Monday

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.

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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.

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