Pence Says Trade Relationship with South Korea is 'Falling Short'

Pence made the remark during a meeting with representatives of the US Chamber of Commerce here before leaving for Japan, the second stopover in his 10-day Asia-Pacific tour.

NY [U.S.A.], April 19: United States Vice President Mike Pence has said North Korea was getting the message that it needed to walk away from its "reckless" nuclear activity.

Days later, in response to a question about the warships, Trump told the Fox Business Network that the US was "sending an armada, very powerful" to North Korea.

United States Vice-President Mike Pence, warning North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programmes, has promised an "overwhelming and effective" response to any attack on the U.S. or its allies.

"The United States will continue to work with Japan and all of our allies in the region, including South Korea, to confront the most ominous threat posing this region of the world, the regime in North Korea", he said.

South Korea's surplus with the U.S., meanwhile, soared from $15.2 billion to $23.2 billion during the same period, Korea International Trade Association data shows.

But at every step of the way, North Korea answered our overtures with willful deception, with broken promises, and nuclear and missile tests - including a failed missile test they attempted just this past Sunday. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is undergoing scheduled maintenance at its home port.

"In my discussions with Trump administration officials, I get much less of a concern that we're about to do some kind of a military strike, then the view one gets from the public statements", he said.

"For my part, in some odd way, it's encouraging that they're getting the message", Pence said.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is on board an American aircraft carrier stationed in Japan amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.

But Pence foreshadowed some reworking of commercial and economic ties, saying that the USA seeks a free and fair relationship that helps job creation and economic growth for both sides. After Pence visited the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea on Monday and warned that "all options are on the table", a senior North Korean official responded by accusing the United States of bringing the countries to the brink of thermonuclear war.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday his administration wants fairer trade with Indonesia, as Washington reviews a number of countries with which it has trade deficits.

A political solution through United Nations-brokered negotiations is needed to resolve the conflict in Yemen, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says as he makes his first trip in the role to Saudi Arabia.

Trump's executive order does not include Indonesia, but the country is home to almost 14,000 refugees seeking resettlement in third countries and activists have said the ban would affect their ability of entering the U.S.

Both sides said they do not expect the talks in Tokyo this week to delve into sector-by-sector talks on trade.

Widodo said at the joint news conference with Pence the two countries would "increase the strategic partnership. which will focus on cooperation and investments".

"We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan", Pence said after arriving from Seoul for talks with Abe. You protect the Senkakus, we're with you on North Korea. Samsung Electronics said in early April that its first-quarter profit jumped 48 percent.

  • Leroy Wright