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Pence to visit mosque in Indonesian capital

Pence to visit mosque in Indonesian capital

Aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, Mike Pence reaffirmed the USA commitment to defend its East Asian allies from North Korea.

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

North Korea's last two missile tests ended in failure, raising questions whether the USA military could be using cyber methods to disrupt North Korea tests, CNN reported.

North Korea's Rodong Sinmun, the paper of the ruling party, wrote Thursday that the country stands ready to launch a "super-mighty preemptive strike" against US bases and the mainland, promising to "reduce them to ashes".

The Bush administration tried to get them to the negotiating table during the Six Party talks, and the punishing sanctions levied under the Obama administration haven't deterred Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

He'll wrap up his Japan trip with a visit to a Japanese youth baseball and softball clinic before departing for Jakarta, Indonesia. But he told the sailors, "as all of you know, readiness is the key".

Degrading North Korea's missile capability via hacking is a tactic that is actively being pursued by the USA military, according to public statements and congressional testimony by current and former members of the armed forces.

Mexico is looking to diversify its trading options to counter the threat of Mr. Trump ditching the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which underpins the vast bulk of its commerce and binds it with the United States and Canada.

We still don't yet know the exact details of North Korea's nuclear weapons capability, but the Trump administration is showing itself unwilling to engage in "strategic patience" any longer.

He said the United States would look for changes to make it a mutually beneficial trade deal "as we reform KORUS in the days ahead".

"We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan", Pence said after arriving from Seoul for talks with Abe.

He said the Trump administration would work with ASEAN on security issues, trade and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says President Donald Trump will be attending a summit with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, in the Philippines in November.

Pence, joined by his wife and daughters, later went on a tour of Jakarta's Istiqlal mosque, posing for pictures in the massive empty courtyard and walking through the five-storey prayer hall, big enough to hold 200,000 people.

But Pence struck a starkly different tone during his visit to Indonesia, which has often been praised as a successful Muslim democracy where most practise a moderate form of Islam and coexist peacefully with substantial religious minorities.

"The trade between us is an important factor to our success", he said, noting that the countries together account for a third of the world economy.

Pyongyang's pursuit of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons has raised tensions between the regime and Washington, which is determined to resolve the North Korea problem once and for all.


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