Sunset farewell for Pence at Opera House

President Donald Trump publicly excoriated an agreement struck under the Obama administration to resettle in the USA some asylum seekers held by Australia in offshore camps.

US Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen and daughters Audrey and Charlotte look at a koala during a visit to Taronga Park Zoo.

Turnbull also called on China to show leadership and make a "stronger commitment to ensure North Korea stops this reckless and risky conduct", adding that "the eyes of the world are on Beijing".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has thanked American service members based in American Samoa, citing "challenging times" for the military in the Asia-Pacific.

"The decision to go forward can rightly be seen as a reflection of the enormous importance of the historic alliance between the United States and Australia", Pence said. As they learned more about Sydney's famous landmarks, Mr Pence was expected to discuss potential United States investment opportunities in NSW.

US Vice-President Mike Pence said yesterday the United States would honour a controversial refugee deal with Australia, under which the US would resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers, a deal President Donald Trump had described as "dumb".

Pence's visit Down Under, part of his 10-day, four-country trip to the Pacific Rim, is widely viewed as an effort to smooth over relations with Australia.

"There's no stalling and no game playing and I think that the Vice-President's words will be honoured, as you would expect and we're very grateful for that", he told Insiders.

North Korea was a dominant theme of this tour.

Pence and Turnbull said they had discussed other issues including the South China Sea dispute in which at least five countries of the region are involved.

Speaking in Sydney on Saturday, Pence said the the Trump administration, mindful of its longstanding alliance with Australia, a critical regional partner, would honor the Obama deal, even if it still disagreed with it.

"The eyes of the world are on Beijing", he said.

He also dedicated a sign that will greet visitors at a veterans clinic.

He added that if China was unable to convince Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, the USA and its allies would deal with North Korea instead, and said "all options are on the table".

Last week, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop indicated Australia would consider further sanctions against the hermit state.

  • Leroy Wright