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Vice President Mike Pence started of his 10-day Asia tour with events in Seoul and Tokyo this week.
Vice President Mike Pence started of his 10-day Asia tour with events in Seoul and Tokyo this week.
For the trip, Pence’s main objective was “to reassure our allies, given the comments made by (President Donald) Trump during the campaign, ” according to Bruce Klinger, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a former deputy division chief for the CIA.
Pressing issues such as trade and North Korea were discussed during talks with Korea’s acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, in Seoul and with both Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso.
“North Korea is going to overshadow his first two stops; he will be wanting to explain to both our allies the perimeters of the recently completed trump policy on North Korea. And also seek their views on how best to address the North Korea threat, ” Klinger told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump has suggested he neglected to label China a currency manipulator because Beijing is assisting in “the North Korean problem, ” but Sean King, senior vice president of Park Strategies suggested otherwise: “I want to know what help China is giving us on North Korea because as far as I see it, they’re not doing anything.”
King told CNBC on Tuesday that, instead, Japan will certainly support the U. S. against North Korea.
” [Japan] is probably telling Pence, hey listen, we’re behind you — security alliance and all that.

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