Japan, US must pursue mutual benefits through economic dialogue

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

According to a report from South Korea's Yonhap news agency, the USA and South Korea have agreed to an early activation of the Alabama-built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD).

Pence told reporters President Donald Trump was confident that economic and diplomatic pressure from the "family of nations" had a chance of compelling North Korea to cooperate. He visited South Korea earlier and will head to Indonesia after his stop in Japan.

After talks with Japan's deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, Pence said the USA would work with Japan, China and other nations to get Pyongyang to give up its atomic weapons program.

A presidential by-election is scheduled here for May 9 as former President Park Geun-hye was ousted from office on March 10.

Aso told a news conference, "We have opened an important page of the Japan-U.S. relationship, turning from friction to cooperation".

Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with South Korean acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn.

Asked what North Korea must do, he repeated that "all options are on the table, and there they will remain".

The dialogue was set up by President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the Japanese leader's visit to the U.S.in February.

Pence said, "We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan".

"We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan, but as you know and the United States knows, peace comes through strength and we will stand strongly with Japan and strongly with our allies for a peace and security in this region", Pence added.

According to the U.S. Military's Missile Defense Agency (MDA), THAAD also boasts a flawless record since the test program's inception in 2006, with the only "failed" tests having occurred when the target missile failed to launch.

During his trip to South Korea Monday, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that the USA will continue with its plans to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea, despite persisting objections from China.

Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged Wednesday that some of the Trump administration's promises have not yet come to fruition, but he is confident that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will be fruitful.

As the White House works to "maximize pressure" on North Korea, one of the ways it is hoping to turn up the heat is by deploying a high-powered anti-missile defense system to the region.

SEOUL (Reuters) - A key policy adviser to South Korea's presidential frontrunner said on Wednesday he doesn't expect a renegotiated free trade agreement with the United States to hurt trade between the two major export nations.

White House officials say the meetings in Tokyo are meant to forge a framework for future discussions after the USA withdrew from a Pacific Rim trade pact.

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