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The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): 12:15 p.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Japan for the second stop of a 10-day Asia tour.

The focus of his trip is expected to shift in Japan to trade.

One of the most common refrains from Trump, Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been "the era of strategic patience is over", referring to what was essentially a wait-and-see tactic to dealing with Pyongyang but is notoriously vague, says Neill.

After talks with Japan's deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, Pence said the US would work with Japan, China and other nations to get Pyongyang to give up its atomic weapons program.

China reiterated on Monday its opposition to the deployment of a sophisticated US anti-missile system in South Korea. U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist speech and behavior can hardly be said to reflect the real situation. Pence told business leaders before leaving Seoul that the Trump. He added that the dialogue "may result in bilateral trade negotiations". "And I share that vision and that impatience".

Trump campaigned on an "America First" pledge, promising to overhaul trade agreements that he said hurt

Aso told a news conference, "We have opened an important page of the Japan-U.S. relationship, turning from friction to cooperation".

Pence said after the meeting that Trump believes it is in America's interest to negotiate economic deals on a bilateral basis. But Pence said forcefully responding to chemical attacks from President Bashar al-Assad's regime was the correct thing to do. He called the trade gap with South Korea a "hard truth", with "too many" barriers to entry for US businesses.

The visit marks the first time he has visited Saudi Arabia as Pentagon chief. Such a toothless response has led to giving tacit approval to North Korea on the improvement of its nuclear and missile technologies.

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The Yomiuri ShimbunA perspective of mutual benefit is called for in formulating a new Japan-U.S. economic framework.

In Wisconsin on Tuesday, Trump said that how much North Korea's leader desires peace will be a deciding factor in easing tensions.

They say it fails to take into account the complex patterns of global trade, pointing out that the US has run big deficits during periods of strong economic growth. Trump said that will be "the end determination".

The trip so far has been dominated by USA and allies' concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile development efforts.

Tension has been building on the peninsula in recent days, amid warnings that the country's nuclear site is "primed and ready" for another test.

China has recently shown "tangible indications" that it is cooperating with the turn up the pressure on Pyongyang, a senior State Department official said Monday. China has opposed the move, which has also drawn mixed reactions in South Korea.

"The Chinese often express frustration with North Korea, and disappointment". While North Korea has nuclear bombs in the technical sense, they are of little use without a method of delivering them to their target, because current the bombs are too large to travel intercontinentally.

Information for this article was contributed by Ken Thomas, Robert Burns, Jonathan Lemire, Gerry Shih and staff members of The Associated Press; by Justin Sink, Kanga Kong, Maiko Takahashi and staff members of Bloomberg News; and by Thomas Gibbons-Neff of The Washington Post.

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