North Korean official says will continue missile tests, reports BBC

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday told a parliamentary session that diplomatic efforts were "important to maintain peace", but "dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

Kim also said he condemns the "violent act of us invasion" and that he shows "solid support and solidarity" for the Syrian regime.

Pence arrived in Japan after visiting South Korea and leaves for Indonesia later on Wednesday.

(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Pool).

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

The other called for a freeze on US-South Korean military exercises and a freeze on DPRK missile and nuclear tests.

The United States kicked off economic talks with Japan yesterday, with an eye on eventually brokering a bilateral trade pact despite the latter's preference for multilateral deals.

The loss of U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership was a blow to Japan following strenuous negotiations, especially over opening its long-protected farm sector to more imports, especially of dairy and meat products.

Instead, Japan prefers multilateral deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but this was nixed by US President Donald Trump, who called it a "job-killer".

"The loss of US participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership was a blow to Japan following strenuous negotiations, especially over opening its long-protected farm sector to more imports, especially of dairy and meat products".

"But the era of strategic patience is over", Pence declared.

North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador Kim In Ryong said during a news conference that the US was turning the Korean Peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a unsafe distuation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment".

Pence, his wife Karen and two daughters walked inside the main hall of colorful Senso-ji temple Tuesday as incense burned. It is his first trip to Asia as vice president.

Vice President Mike Pence says North Korea is getting the message that it needs to walk away from its "reckless" nuclear activity.

But Trump has also shown he is willing to link trade to other issues, saying he would cut a better trade deal with China if it exerts influence on North Korea to curb its nuclear ambitions.

He did so while talking about past presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and their dealings with North Korea. "And I share that vision and impatience", Pence told Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso at the start of the talks.

It said the dialogue would focus on three areas: trade and investment rules and issues, cooperation in macroeconomic policy and specific industry sectors.

While Japan's trade surplus with the U.S.is much smaller than China's, Trump has decried the imbalance, especially in auto exports.

US Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea today that recent US strikes in Syria, one of Pyongyang's few close allies, and Afghanistan showed that the resolve of President Donald Trump "should not be tested".

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

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

The US is also threatening tougher economic sanctions that could include an oil embargo, a global ban on North Korea's airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks that do business with the country, Reuters news agency reported.

Along with the deployment of the US aircraft carrier and other vessels into waters off the Korean Peninsula, thousands of USA and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry were deployed last month in their biggest joint military exercises.

The program has been in development with Japan and is aimed at shooting down intermediate-range North Korean missiles that pose a threat to the U.S. ally.


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