Japan says differences with US on economic talks

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IMGURSouth Korea guards hold hands to stop being dragged into North Korea
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20 April, 2017

According to a report from South Korea's Yonhap news agency, the US and South Korea have agreed to an early activation of the Alabama-built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD).

A ship bell signaled his arrival Wednesday morning on the USS Ronald Reagan at the U.S. Yokosuka naval base south of Tokyo. The president has signed an executive order for slashing trade deficits, and the White House has indicated its belief that the United States need not be bound by worldwide rules if they undermine America's interests. President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the 12-country trade agreement after his inauguration in January.

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As talks began Tuesday, Aso said the U.S. -Japan alliance has underpinned peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and that trade friction with the U.S. has given way to an "age of cooperation". You said that everything is still on the table.

Japan-U.S. trade has undergone a transformation from an era in which U.S. deficits were conspicuous.

White House officials say the meetings in Tokyo are meant to forge a framework for future discussions after the USA withdrew from a Pacific Rim trade pact.

"The days of broken promises and the days of running out the clock on agreements with the wider world are over", Pence said. Work to shrink trade imbalances with China and Japan is running hand-in-hand with renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, said a Republican insider close to Trump.

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Robert Lighthizer, Trump's pick for USA trade representative, named Japan as "a primary target" for improving access for American farm products. Next, he will head to Japan, Indonesia, and Australia before returning to Hawaii.

Some economists have criticized the Trump administration's focus on trade deficits as a way of viewing US economic ties with the rest of the world.

Pence reiterated that after years of North Korea testing the US and its neighbors in East Asia with its nuclear ambitions, the USA "era of strategic patience is over".

Last week China warned that the two nations "need to stop provoking one another " and that there would be "no winners" if war between the United States and North Korea broke out.

North Korea has repeatedly ignored China's calls for denuclearization and other steps to calm tensions on the peninsula, and relations between the two are believed to have sunk to their lowest level in years.

"The situation on the Korean peninsula right now is particularly tense given all the saber rattling going on in North Korea, as well as their launches, illegal launches of ICBMs and the development of their nuclear weapons program", Dent said. "We want to send an unambiguous message especially to north Korea that any attempt to use weapons of any kind against our allies in this region or American forces overseas will be defeated and will be met with overwhelming force", Pence said. Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that USA plans to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.


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