Thursday, 27 April, 2017

North Korean official says will continue missile tests

War Cries Drown Out 'America First' Donald Trump May Not Actually Know Who's Running North Korea
Edmund Wade | 21 April, 2017, 00:13

He said that US exporters should face a level playing field and the relationship should be "win-win".

A senior North Korean official then accused the United States of bringing the countries to the brink of thermonuclear war. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is undergoing scheduled maintenance at its home port.

Pence told the ship's captain that he had spoken to President Donald Trump, and Trump "wishes he were here".

The vice president is on a 10-day tour of Asia.

The vice president earlier visited a military installation near the DMZ, Camp Bonifas, for a briefing with military leaders at the joint U.S. The trip so far has been dominated by US and allies' concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile development efforts.

Pence thanked Abe for his backing of the US stance on Syria, according to the official.

Trump assailed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal during his 2016 campaign and announced shortly after his inauguration that the US would withdraw from the Pacific Rim-based TPP, which now includes 11 countries from Chile to New Zealand. South Korea hosts 28,500 USA troops to counter the threat from the North.

Washington had billed Pence's visit to Jakarta as a booster for a strategic partnership between the world's second- and third-largest democracies, but a raft of bilateral disputes with US companies could sap the goodwill from his trip.

Pence, his wife Karen and two daughters walked inside the main hall of colorful Senso-ji temple Tuesday as incense burned.

The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe ongoing large-scale USA and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion.

On top of that, a recent report by the U.S. Trade Representative specifically points to South Korea and China as countries that employ unfair trade practices.

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. Likewise, in scheduled "listening sessions" with business leaders from each country - and, in particular, by formally opening the U.S.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will meet with Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday, kicking off talks in Tokyo that the White House hopes will open doors in Japan for U.S. -made products and attract Japanese investment for infrastructure projects in the United States.

Pence said at a joint news conference with Jokowi that the US wants to strengthen its strategic partnership with Indonesia.

ECONOMY Planned fiscal stimulus from Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress could pose an "upside risk" to the USA economy, Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George says, adding she is not yet forecasting it will materialize.

Ross has said he hopes to soon begin talks on a free trade agreement with Japan.

"President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change".

Trump's withdrawal from the deal was a setback for leaders of other TPP countries who invested political capital in fighting to get it ratified, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"We are with you 100 percent", he said, adding that the U.S.

Susan Thornton, acting US assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and China's top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, agreed in a phone call on Sunday on the need for strict enforcement of United Nations resolutions and for global action to press Pyongyang "to cease provocative actions and recommit to peaceful denuclearisation".

Abe and Pence agreed to hold another "two-plus-two" ministerial-level security dialogue in the near future, the officials said.

His plane touched down Tuesday at the USA military's Atsugi base outside Tokyo. His meetings in Indonesia and Australia from April 20-23, by contrast, will focus on clarifying Washington's positions on regional trade and South China Sea security, while smoothing over earlier bumps in relations (in Australia's case) and offering increased defense support both for maritime and counterterrorism activities (in Indonesia's case).

Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-1953 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

Pence's comments have again raised alarm bells in Seoul.

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