"President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China, to achieve a peaceable solution and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", Pence told Abe at the outset of their working lunch. But the vice-president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
During his visit to Japan, Pence also said that the United States will continue to work with China, since the world's most populous (and communist) nation is in a position to exert much influence on North Korea. "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".
He signaled he was out of patience with China on North Korea, saying in a Financial Times interview published April 2 that the US could act on its own to resolve the crisis over North Korea's nuclear program.
Ms Bishop defended US President Donald Trump's blunt "they gotta behave" message to the North Korean leadership after the failed missile test on Sunday. Beijing has retaliated against South Korean businesses, while its military has threatened to take unspecified action in response. It argued that aid is not given directly to the North Korean regime and that the fund could improve relations.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, center, speaks to U.S. servicemen and Japanese Self-Defense Forces personnel on the flight deck of U.S. navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, at the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".
Pence's Asia tour came amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea's deputy in the United Nations on Monday night also refused to confirm whether Pyongyang had ignored China's request to meet, while complaining that nuclear war could break out at any moment.
"Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan", Pence said at the news briefing. But at the same time, McMaster said on "This Week" on ABC that "it's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully".
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In response, the general staff of the North Korean armed forces threatened to launch a strike against U.S. military bases in Japan and South Korea, as well as the presidential residence in Seoul in case of United States aggression. -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill".
The statement was made amid escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula with South Korean and United States military having reported on April 16, that they had registered what they believed to be a failed missile test by Pyongyang.
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 USA ally.
Trump himself appeared to reinforce the stern USA message at the White House, replying "Gotta behave" when a CNN reporter asked what message he had for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
However, Trump has also shown willingness to link trade to other issues, saying he would cut a better trade deal with China if it exerts influence on North Korea. We had a 15-minute scheduled meeting and it lasted for three hours. the same thing happened the next day.
He said the Trump administration's deployment of the Carl Vinson nuclear carrier task group to waters off the Korean Peninsula again "proves the USA reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase of its scenario".
This is not the first time Trump has appeared publicly confused while talking about geopolitics or North Korea.
North Korea said in February that it had successfully tested a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2, propelled by a solid-fuel engine. But then he ordered the unilateral missile strike against Syria, even after dismissing talk of deeper USA involvement in that nation's civil war. Concerns were sparked earlier when, as a candidate, Trump had threatened to pull out of the FTA with South Korea, calling it a (quote) "job killing deal" that doubled America's trade deficit with South Korea and destroyed tens of thousands of jobs.