U.S. VP Mike Pence Pledges U.S. Support For Japan and South Korea On His Asia Trip

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan on Tuesday  and pledged that the U.S. would stand in solidarity with Japan concerning the issue of North Korea.

Pence also launched a joint economic dialogue with Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso aimed at deepening the economic ties between the two countries to promote jobs, prosperity, and growth on both sides of the Pacific.

On Monday U.S. Vice President Pence spoke to South Korean and U.S. troops in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and later responded to questions about North Korea.

Asked about his earlier remarks about “all options on the table” concerning the U.S. response to North Korea’s weapons program and whether a preemptive strike was still included on the table as an option, Vice President Pence explained that all options are still on the table for the U.S. to achieve their objectives and ensure the security of South Korea and the stability of the region.

Describing the alliance between South Korea and the U.S. as “ironclad,” Vice President Pence explained that the U.S. would stand strong to achieve their shared objective across the region and across the world of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Pence said that U.S. President Donald Trump is hopeful that China will take actions to bring about policy changes in North Korea that includes an abandonment of its nuclear program.

“I know the President is hopeful that China will use its influence here on the Korean Peninsula with North Korea to achieve that objective.  And we are heartened by some initial steps that China has taken in this regard, but we look for them to do more” Pence said.

Pence pointed out that President Trump has already said the U.S. and its allies will deal with the North Korea problem if China is unable to do so.

“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.  We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons.  And also its continual use of and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable” Pence said.

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