U.S. Vice President Mike Pence talks with members of the American Chamber of Commerce at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Said Abe, "It goes without saying that it is a matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well peaceable settlements of the issue".
Pence reiterated that after years of North Korea testing the USA and its neighbors in East Asia with its nuclear ambitions, the US "era of strategic patience is over".
The missiles would enhance its ability to strike North Korea's key military equipment and facilities, the country's arms procurement agency, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) was quoted as stating by Yonhap Tuesday. He says the Trump administration's plans to simplify the US tax code and cut the corporate tax rate will "benefit every business represented here today".
The U.S. announced the first stage of the deployment in early March, with officials estimating it could take several months before the system is fully operational.
Pence's broader message was directed not just at North Korea, but at any other "enemies of our freedom".
"America has played a certain role in Asia since 1945. that role has in the end of the day been a stabilizer", Delury said.
According to reports, South Korea would be able to hit North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile sites within half an hour.
Pence is on a 10-day Asia trip that will see him also visit Indonesia and Australia. We're hopeful that they'll use the extraordinary levers that they have and relationship they have with North Korea to achieve that objective.
His statement was likely aimed at preventing the economic dialogue from leading to bilateral negotiations in which Japan will be forced to open its markets more widely than was agreed under the TPP.
"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.
Amid rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, Vice President Mike Pence visited South Korea in a symbolic show of resolve, declaring that the United States would not negotiate with the rogue nation "at this time" and assuring thousands of USA sailors and regional military partners during a visit to the USS Ronald Reagan in Yokosuka, Japan, that "the sword stands ready".
South Korea has completed development of new tactical ship-to-ground guided missiles and will start mass production with two types of launch systems next year. "We are with you 100 percent".
His plane touched down Tuesday at the USA military's Atsugi base outside Tokyo.
As the White House works to "maximize pressure" on North Korea, one of the ways it is hoping to turn up the heat is by deploying a high-powered anti-missile defense system to the region.