U.S. carrier heading toward Korean Peninsula

In comments reported by the national broadcaster NHK on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said he believed the TPP trade talks would offer greater advantages to Japan than bilateral negotiations with the U.S.

Trump's Indonesian business partner, billionaire Hary Tanoe, is an aspiring politician with ambitions to run for president in 2019. Indonesia is one of 16 countries under review for having a trade surplus with the United States.

Pence told the ship's captain that he had spoken to President Donald Trump, and Trump "wishes he were here". Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that US plans to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.

Ahead of the talks, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross met in Tokyo, where they "made good progress" on continuing dialogue for economic cooperation, according to the Ross.

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an intelligence matter, said the missile was a Scud variant that the US calls a KN-17.

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters he hopes "there will be no unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria and that the USA will follow the line that President Trump repeatedly voiced during the election campaign".

Trump's withdrawal from the deal was a setback for leaders of other TPP countries who invested political capital in fighting to get it ratified, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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Pence's first engagement was morning tea at the presidential palace with Jokowi.

The message and images sought to address questions in the Muslim world about Trump after his push for travel bans that would temporarily suspend visas from six predominantly-Muslim countries and halt the USA refugee program.

Aso said the U.S. -Japan alliance involved both military and economic aspects.

"We are with you 100 per cent", Mr Pence declared, adding that the USA always seeks peace.

Japan agreed with the United States on Tuesday to discuss a bilateral framework for trade and investment rules, as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence raised the prospect of a free trade agreement.

Tensions have risen in the region of late, as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has conducted multiple missile tests and two nuclear tests in the past 18 months, with the United States' recent deployment of an aircraft carrier unit to the region after holding large-scale "war games" near the peninsula also stoking concerns. STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP Pence arrived in Jakarta late on Wednesday from Japan where he reassured Tokyo of a US commitment to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions. With no USA trade representative yet in office and other key positions still unfilled, such nitty-gritty discussions will have to come later.

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