Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Pence says US-Japan economic talks could lead to trade deal

Pence says US-Japan economic talks could lead to trade deal Pence says US-Japan economic talks could lead to trade deal
Erik Tate | 20 April, 2017, 09:48

"There is no time to lose because all of the money North Korea has is being used for nuclear investment and research which would enable the country to jump another hurdle", he said. North Korean Dictator Kim Jong un is seen waving to the crowd during the festivities. "All options are on the table to achieve the objectives and ensure the stability of the people of this country", said Pence.

"I wouldn't describe relations between North Korea and the Obama administration as an era of strategic patience, because the United States greatly restricted North Korea's ability to develop the industries that could promote the nuclear or energy sectors".

He said that under President Donald Trump, the USA will stand up to its enemies with its allies.

Vice President Pence, visiting Japan on his 10-day tour of Asia, said the US has launched bilateral talks with Tokyo in the hopes of reaching a new trade agreement.

Earlier this month, on Trump's command, the United States military launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians.

But officials have avoided tipping their hand as to how the administration will proceed, instead touting Trump's unpredictability as a deterrent for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to weigh carefully.

Then, less than a week later, the U.S. military dropped a 10,300kg bomb - the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat by the USA - on Isis (Islamic State) forces in eastern Afghanistan.

But any strikes against the North would probably bring the U.S. into a diplomatic crisis with China, the North's main economic lifeline.

OH gasoline prices decrease this week
The cheapest gas in our area right now is $2.04 at the Costco off Cloud Springs Road and the Sam's Club on Lee Highway. The national average has increased 11 cents during the past month and was 29 cents higher than one year ago.

"China firmly opposes any words or actions that would escalate rivalry and tension", Lu said.

Trump has long said North Korea is China's problem to fix, urging Beijing to use its leverage as the main provider of food and energy for the impoverished North to bring the recalcitrant regime under control.

The reports came after Trump said that the North Korean nuclear issue would be "taken care of", while at the same time calling on China to pressure its neighbor into giving up its nuclear program.

While Pence assured both South Korea and Japan of our continued support, in our article on April 11 we posed the following question: "Why should the United States bear the heavy financial cost and risk of involving American servicemen in an Asian war by maintaining a large military presence in Asia, when we could sell (not give, but sell) weapons to our allies so they can defend themselves?"

He said that an "all-out war" would result if the U.S. took military action.

McMaster cited Trump's recent decision to order missile strikes in Syria after a chemical attack blamed on the Assad government, as a sign that the president "is clearly comfortable making tough decisions".

His comments come amid differing reports about the trajectory of a USA strike group in the region. China, which is Pyongyang's only friend, is also against the programme, at least openly, but has not taken any effective step to persuade Pyongyang to stop it. Beijing is also not happy with United States steps, like the THAAD deployment, which it thinks could be used against it. China has imposed a painful economic boycott on South Korean exports and is making life hard for South Korean companies in China.

Reviving TPP even without the US would allow Japan to present itself as a regional leader and an alternative to China, Harris wrote in a research note.

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