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South Korea-US trade deal will be reviewed, reformed - VP Pence

South Korea-US trade deal will be reviewed, reformed - VP Pence

"The enemies of our freedom and this alliance would do well not to test the resolve of this president or the capabilities of the armed forces of the United States of America and our allies", Pence said. "But the fact is that they have the overwhelming leverage over the North Korea regime", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters Tuesday in Canberra, Australia's capital.

"When President Trump agreed to this dialogue, he envisioned this as a mechanism for enhancing bilateral commercial relations between the US and Japan and achieving results in the near future", Pence said before meeting his counterpart, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso.

"America has played a certain role in Asia since 1945. that role has in the end of the day been a stabilizer", Delury said. President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the 12-country trade agreement after his inauguration in January.

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

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso are kicking off a new U.S. -Japan economic dialogue that was launched during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's meeting with President Donald Trump in the U.S.in February.

South Korean government officials said Pence's statement does not necessarily mean a complete overhaul of the agreement.

Pence said Trump sees the talks as a way to improve business ties with Japan and is hoping for quick results.

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Pence said, "We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan".

Pence said, "We seek peace always ... but as you know and the United States knows peace comes through strength".

During his trip to South Korea Monday, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that the USA will continue with its plans to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea, despite persisting objections from China. Pence told business leaders before leaving Seoul that the Trump.

Taking into account the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, Aso put forth an idea of promoting free and fair trade rules in the Asia-Pacific region with the initiative taken by Japan and the United States.

Pence is in the Asia-Pacific region to visit top officials in Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Sydney for discussions on economic engagement and evolving security challenges.

The new missile will reportedly be incorporated into the South's Kill Chain pre-emptive strike system, which allows South Korea to strike North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile facilities within half an hour, in the event of a military contingency.

White House officials say the meetings in Tokyo are meant to forge a framework for future discussions after the USA withdrew from a Pacific Rim trade pact.


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