Japan says differences with USA on economic talks

Pence, headed to Japan, turns focus to trade with key ally

The statements from the North Korean officials came as the United States president, Donald Trump, told the government in Pyongyang that it has "gotta behave" and his vice-president, Mike Pence, said the "era of strategic patience is over".

"We need to apply pressure on North Korea so they seriously respond to a dialogue" with the worldwide community, he said, urging China and Russian Federation to play more constructive roles on the issue. deforested stretch of North Korea from a lookout post in the hillside.

Mr Pence's comments, delivered in Japan, came a day after he spoke in South Korea where he said the "the era of strategic patience is over", a comment that was widely seen as hinting at U.S. military action.

The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked.

After meeting with Mr Abe, Mr Pence held talks with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on a new US-Japan "economic dialogue" to be led by the two.

The DPRK has never begged for peace but is prepared to take tough countermeasures in order to defend itself with its military might and to move down the pathway it has chosen for itself, Kim said adding that Pyongyang was going to bring the U.S. to account for aftermaths of the Americans' actions. President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the 12-country trade agreement after his inauguration in January.

Pence said Washington would work closely with Japan and its allies for a peaceful resolution of the tensions but threatened Pyongyang with military action.

The remarks came a day after North Korea threatened the USA with "all-out war" and announced that Pyongyang would continue to test missiles on a weekly basis.

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There are some tiresome, timeworn, cliched arguments which constantly come up in any discussion about North Korea, and all need to be refuted. Since it was implemented the USA trade deficit with South Korea has more than doubled. On top of that, a recent report by the U.S. Trade Representative specifically points to South Korea and China as countries that employ unfair trade practices. In part, it is meant to take the place of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the regional trade pact that Trump withdrew from shortly after taking office.

Pointing to the quarter-century since the United States first confronted North Korea over its attempts to build nuclear weapons, the vice president said a period of patience had followed.

Both sides said they do not expect the talks in Tokyo this week to delve into sector-by-sector talks on trade. With no US trade representative yet in office and other key negotiator positions still unfilled, such nitty-gritty discussions will have to come later.

The official said Tuesday that Japan still hopes to bring the US back into a multilateral framework such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

South Korea's trade surplus with the US was $4.4 billion in the first three months of this year, down from $6.6 billion during the same period in 2016, according to Korea customs office data.

"That deployment of such a defence system reflects a strong defence and security alliance between South Korea and the United States and is a direct response to the threat posed by North Korea", she said.

Aso told reporters before the talks began he would discuss a broad framework on two-way economic cooperation with Pence without going into any details in their first round. South Korea is on a list of countries Trump has ordered probed for potential trade abuse, a process he said is aimed at cracking down on "foreign importers that cheat".

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