Pence to visit mosque in Indonesian capital

Pence, Wife Pay Easter Visit to South Korea-Based Troops

SENSITIVE SECTORS On the morning of the Aso-Pence meeting, Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross also met in Tokyo to discuss economic cooperation in such areas as cybersecurity and infrastructure. Korea's trade surplus has more than doubled since the deal's entry into force, he said.

SEOUL (Reuters) - A key policy adviser to South Korea's presidential frontrunner said on Wednesday he doesn't expect a renegotiated free trade agreement with the United States to hurt trade between the two major export nations.

The new administration has expressed a desire to peacefully resolve this issue, but the USA will not back down from a fight if the North takes on a more aggressive approach. But Pence said forcefully responding to chemical attacks from President Bashar al-Assad's regime was the correct thing to do.

He added, "Now all options are on the table, and there they will remain".

His remarks also coincided with an embarrassing US admission on Tuesday that an aircraft carrier Trump said 10 days ago was sailing to waters off the Korean Peninsula was in fact heading in the opposite direction.

It was Pence's second stop on the trip, which will later take him to Australia and Indonesia.

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters he hoped "there will be no unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria and that the U.S. will follow the line that President Trump repeatedly voiced during the election campaign" - referring to the president's promise to keep the United States out of foreign conflicts.

"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", he said to cheers and applause from the assembled personnel.

Trump's new strategy involves engaging with North Korea's neighbors to bring an end to their pursuit of nuclear weapons, Pence said. The four ministers are also expected to review President Donald Trump's first three months in office, according to a Japanese foreign ministry official who briefed reporters on customary condition of anonymity.

Vice President Mike Pence issued another strong warning to North Korea Wednesday.

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

"As you, President Widodo have said so often, we're looking for a win-win relationship and we're confident that we can find it on an increasing basis", Pence said.

US Vice President Mike Pence doubled down on the US commitment to Asia Pacific with a stern warning for North Korea, which he called the "most risky and urgent threat" to the region.

Indonesia is officially secular and most of its 220 million Muslims practise a moderate form of Islam, although the country has some vocal Islamist groups and has suffered in the past from attacks by militants.

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. "Most concerning is the fact that the United States trade deficit with South Korea has more than doubled since Korus came into effect".

Yesterday China expressed "serious concern" at North Korea's nuclear development.

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