But he told the 2,500 sailors: "As all of you know, readiness is the key".
A fresh USA warning to North Korea and the Chinese government's description of the situation in the Korean peninsula as sensitive and fraught with risk show that the explosive situation that has developed there in the last few days continues without abatement.
The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe continuing large-scale US and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion.
Mr Pence met Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso in Tokyo to launch the US-Japan economic dialogue, saying that President Donald Trump prefers to negotiate economic deals on a bilateral basis.
The Bowling Green Republican said Beijing can put even more political and economic pressure on North Korea, after that country recently suffered an embarrassing failed missile launch. US Vice-President Mike Pence, who has been visiting the region, warned the North not to test Washington and said the US "era of strategic patience" with Pyongyang was over.
"I still see this as escalatory and playing with potential fire", Ken Gause, director of the international-affairs group at the think-tank CNA, said.
Speaking aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier at the US Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo Bay, Mr Pence said the Trump administration would continue to "work diligently" with allies like Japan, China and other global powers to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang. "China is unswerving in its commitment to realising the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, maintaining the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula, and continue to solve matters through dialogue and negotiations", said Lu.
N. Korea starts celebrating birthday of country's founder
North Korean school boys sing at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Pyongyang , North Korea. An official from South Korea's Defense Ministry couldn't immediately confirm whether the rocket was a new ICBM.
"We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", Pence continued and reassured Japan's leaders that the United States would continue to support them.
France said on Wednesday it was imperative the United Nations Security Council apply more pressure on North Korea to prevent it jumping another hurdle towards an effective nuclear weapons capacity that could lead to a risky military escalation.
In November past year, the United Nations restricted member states from importing North Korean coal on the basis that the $1 billion annual revenue may contribute to the DPRK's weapons programs.
China is showing signs of cooperation toward a firmer stance against North Korea, such as by halting regular flights between the two countries' capitals.
On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that China welcomes the United States to play a positive role in peacefully resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.
"So far, I think that what we see is that unpredictability can have the effect of at least inducing a temporary pause", Snyder said. They agree it's their first choice.
The loss of USA participation in the TPP was a blow to Japan following strenuous negotiations, especially over opening access wider to its long-protected farm sector. Then, our government would follow its own Constitution and use our military for the only thing it is constitutionally authorized to do - provide for our own defense.
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