US VP Mike Pence meets Indonesian president on Asia tour

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Bloomberg reports that Pence told business leaders more directly that KORUS, as the trade deal is.

"As we approach the 100-day mark, the American people are going to be able to look back and see the presidency of Donald Trump and the determination and put in practice all the things that we can", he said.

The US trade deficit with South Korea in 2016 amounted to $27.6 billion.

Pence is speaking in Tokyo to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Pence is now on a 10-day trip in Asia.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is on board an American aircraft carrier stationed in Japan amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is undergoing scheduled maintenance at its home port. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday, April 20, 2017.

During last year's presidential campaign, President Donald Trump said he'd be willing to speak with Kim Jong Un, but when asked Wednesday if there would be any direct negotiations Pence said "not at this time". Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought to expand Japan's defense role and capability in the face of North Korea's threat and China's increasing assertive maritime activity in the East and South China Seas.

The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement Wednesday that the USS Carl Vinson strike group is heading to the western Pacific "as a prudent measure".

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters over the weekend that Japan might push ahead with a revised, 11-nation version of the TPP despite the USA rejection of the trade accord.

After meeting with Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, he says Indonesia and the US are both democracies and share the same values.

Pence told reporters President Donald Trump was confident that economic and diplomatic pressure from the "family of nations" had a chance of compelling North Korea to cooperate.

But the meetings could indicate how forcefully the US will pressure Japan to further open its farm and automotive sectors. In that time span, North Korea has engaged in at least five missile tests, the most recent of which resulted in failure this past weekend.

The vice president is on a 10-day tour of Asia. The trip so far has been dominated by USA and allies' concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile development efforts.

Both sides said they do not expect the talks in Tokyo this week to delve into sector-by-sector talks on trade.

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