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Pence to visit mosque in Indonesian capital

20 April 2017

Pence pointed to reports of China turning away coal exports from North Korea as an example of the new U.S. strategy bearing fruit.

"America has played a certain role in Asia since 1945. that role has in the end of the day been a stabilizer", Delury said.

Speaking to US and Japanese troops on board the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier Wednesday, he called North Korea the most urgent and risky threat to the peace and security of the Asia-Pacific region.

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


The U.S. military said on April 10 that the aircraft carrier strike group Trump was referring to had been ordered to "sail north and report on station in the Western Pacific" after departing Singapore.

"We are definitely not seeking conflict or regime change", she said. With no US trade representative yet in office and other key positions still unfilled, such nitty-gritty discussions will have to come later.

The White House said it based its statements on guidance from the Defense Department.

"The days of broken promises and the days of running out the clock on agreements with the wider world are over", Pence said.

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

Pence said he had spoken with Trump and by 2020 some 60 percent of the US naval fleet would be in the region and Japan's role would grow.

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

Some economists have criticized the Trump administration's focus on trade deficits as a way of viewing US economic ties with the rest of the world. "But we are committed to defending our people and our allies should it be necessary". And our hope is that we'll be able - working with China, working with our partners here in South Korea, working with Japan and other allies across the region - to achieve this objective through peaceable means.

North Korea has conducted a series of ballistic missile launches in recent months in defiance of United Nations sanctions and concerns have been growing that the reclusive state could soon conduct a sixth nuclear test.

In the latest of a series of warnings to Pyongyang that the United States will keep "everything on the table" to force it to give up its nuclear weapons programme, Mike Pence claimed North Korea was getting the message that it needed to walk away from "reckless activity".

North Korea has repeatedly ignored China's calls for denuclearization and other steps to calm tensions on the peninsula, and relations between the two are believed to have sunk to their lowest level in years.

Pence said the US would work with allies and others in the region to apply diplomatic and economic pressure on the regime in Pyongyang until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Pence to visit mosque in Indonesian capital