Japan says differences with US on economic talks
- Author: Adam Floyd Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 9:13
Pence, dressed in a green military jacket, said aboard the hulking USS Ronald Reagan that President Donald Trump's administration would continue to "work diligently" with allies like Japan, China and other global powers to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese leaders began talks Tuesday expected to focus largely on trade with America's anchor ally in the region, though tensions with North Korea loomed large.
I asked, if the United States successfully helped liberate East Germany from the oppression of communism then, couldn't or shouldn't the United States help liberate North Korea now?
Some economists have criticized the Trump administration's focus on trade deficits as a way of viewing USA economic ties with the rest of the world.
Speaking inside the ship's ceremonial room, the vice president spoke to CNN after addressing about 2,500 troops on the ship's deck - something he said he's never done before.
During the first meeting of the Japan-U.S. economic dialogue in Tokyo on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence agreed to set three pillars of discussions: trade and investment rules; macroeconomic and structural policies; and sector-by-sector cooperation. But the era of strategic patience is over.
Pence said after the meeting that Trump believes it is in America's interest to negotiate economic deals on a bilateral basis.
"I think the path of negotiations with North Korea has been a colossal failure now for more than 25 years", Pence told me. Pence would not confirm or deny to CNN whether the USA used cybercapabilities to thwart it.
"We are with you 100 percent", he said, adding that the U.S.More news: Hillary Clinton Apologized to Obama after Election Loss
Pyongyang's repeated missile tests suggest progress is being made to achieve the country's stated goal of developing a ballistic missile armed with a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the United States.
The Trump team has signaled it intends to chart a new path when it comes to dealing with North Korea, though analysts say there aren't too many new options to try.
Pence said the USA trade deficit has more than doubled in the five years since the U.S.
North Korea's latest nuclear missile test fizzled over the weekend, but it conducted two nuclear test explosions and 24 ballistic missile tests in 2016, and experts predict it could have a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the USA mainland within a few years.
"To him, North Korea is a game he has to win to prove might over the Chinese".
The Navy said earlier that the carrier will arrive in the Korean region next week.
The White House said it based its statements on guidance from the Defense Department.
With a USA aircraft carrier group steaming to the area in a show of force, fears of a confrontation have been rising.
However, it has emerged that the USS Carl Vinson and other warships did not sail toward the Korean Peninsula, but went in the opposite direction.