Pence visits youth baseball players in Japan

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Aprile 20, 2017

"The only thing we need to hear from North Korea is that they are ending and ultimately dismantling their nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles program", Pence said aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.

The defense treaty between the United States and Japan also covers the disputed Senkaku Islands, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday, using the Japanese name for the islands known in Taiwan as the Diaoyutai (釣魚臺).

"All options are on the table", Pence said. "History will attest the soldier does not bear the sword in vain", he said.

Mr Pence is now on a 10 day tour of Asia and continues talks with Japanese government officials throughout today.

The audience can be seen applauding as a band plays against the backdrop of a big screen showing tanks and missiles being fired.

The missile is probably a single-stage, liquid-fueled anti-ship projectile that was on display during Pyongyang's military parade on Saturday, according to the report. Many analysts expected that to occur during Kim Il Sung celebrations.

North Korea did test a missile on Sunday, but by US and South Korean accounts it failed "within seconds".

"We express the resolve of the people of the United States of America to stand together in the months and years ahead with the people of South Korea to both preserve their freedom and ensure the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", the vice president added.

"That's an alliance decision back, I guess, over a year ago now or about a year ago, and we have been sort of continuing apace in that decision", she said.

"As President Trump has made clear to the world, the era of strategic patience is over". "But the fact is that they have the overwhelming leverage over the North Korea regime", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters Tuesday in Canberra, Australia's capital.

Recent developments, however, have may have confused that message.

Top officials in President Donald Trump's administration, speaking from thousands of miles apart, warned on Tuesday that North Korea's latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation and assured allies in Asia that the United States was ready to work to achieve a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. This comes just hours after information emerged that the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier supposedly heading toward the Korean peninsula, had actually been sailing in the opposite direction.

White House officials, however, have stopped short of flatly saying that military action was being planned.

Addressing more than 2,500 United States and Japanese military personnel, the Donald Trump's vice president indicated war could be imminent by saying "storms gather on the horizon".

"America has played a certain role in Asia since 1945. that role has in the end of the day been a stabilizer", Delury said. And the vice president believes American voters will be able to pinpoint accomplishments as it reflects on the administration's first 100 days.

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