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Pence: US won't rest until N. Korea gives up nuclear weapons

20 April 2017

The official said Tuesday that Japan still hopes to bring the USA back into a multilateral framework such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trump, who opted against labeling China a currency manipulator last week, said his recent conversations with Chinese President Xi Jinping convinced him to abandon his hard-line approach on trade, at least for now.

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 U.S. pressure to open up highly-protected areas like agriculture.

"But I will leave that to the future".

It's Tokyo's oldest temple, and a highly popular tourist site that attracts crowds from around the world.

The Trump administration has said military action remains an option for dealing with North Korea.

An official, who only gave his surname as Gu, said: "From my understanding, we haven't had any business with the North Korean market since a year ago; North Korea has never been a major focus of ours".

Chinese sanctions alone will not immediately force North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, and Washington also must provide a security guarantee, the editorial said. Japan wants to avoid opening talks on a bilateral trade deal for fear of being pressured into opening up highly protected areas of its economy, such as agriculture.

The leaders are expected on Tuesday to agree on principles and a process for further detailed discussions between Japanese officials and the U.S. Commerce, Treasury, State and Agriculture Departments, as well as the U.S. Trade Representative, the adviser said.

Park Chan-ki, an official at the Trade Ministry, said the U.S. hasn't made any official request to start talks about reforming the U.S. -Korea trade agreement.

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Pence said Trump sees the talks as a way to improve business ties with Japan and is hoping for quick results.

In the aftermath of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the Korean demilitarized zone, North Korea's deputy representative at the United Nations gave a stern warning to the world body.

In Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: "Needless to say, diplomatic effort is important to maintain peace".

US Vice President Mike Pence kicked off talks with Japan that Washington hopes will open doors for US goods and attract infrastructure investment. "We are with you 100 percent", the visiting vice president said.

"But at the same time", the prime minister said, "dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure on North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue".

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

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence leaves the main shrine of Sensoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Later, Mr Pence said in a joint statement, alongside South Korean acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, that the United States' commitment to its ally is "iron-clad and immutable". He said his country "is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S".

The parade to mark the 105th birth anniversary of founder president Kim Il-sung, North Korea displayed six Pukkuksong submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) for the first time, towed behind trucks painted in North Korean navy camouflage, photographs showed.

Pence: US won't rest until N. Korea gives up nuclear weapons