Pence gives stern warning to North Korea

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Speaking to US and Japanese troops on board the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier Wednesday, he called North Korea the most urgent and risky threat to the peace and security of the Asia-Pacific region.

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"We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan, but as you know and the United States knows, peace comes through strength and we will stand strongly with Japan and strongly with our allies for a peace and security in this region", Pence added.

"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.

Pence's meeting in Seoul with business leaders comes before he heads to Tokyo later on Tuesday, where he will meet Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso and kick off talks that Washington hopes will open doors for US -made products.

Aso told a news conference, "We have opened an important page of the Japan-U.S. relationship, turning from friction to cooperation".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will be visiting the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta on Thursday as part of his visit to Indonesia.

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Pence also said the USA would protect freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the sea lanes vital to global shipping where China has been staking claim to disputed territory.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to narrow big trade deficits with nations like China and Japan, saying he would boost U.S. manufacturing jobs.

Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged Wednesday that some of the Trump administration's promises have not yet come to fruition, but he is confident that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will be fruitful. The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe ongoing large-scale USA and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion.

"My hope is that they'll continue to get the message not just from the United States, here in Japan, and in South Korea, but on an increasing basis from China and countries all over the world committing to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", he said.

As of 2016, the United States does not actually believe North Korea has been able to successfully make a nuclear bomb small enough to travel to the U.S.

China has recently shown "tangible indications" that it is cooperating with the turn up the pressure on Pyongyang, a senior State Department official said Monday. While North Korea has nuclear bombs in the technical sense, they are of little use without a method of delivering them to their target, because current the bombs are too large to travel intercontinentally.