US Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday reaffirmed the need to keep sanctions on North Korea to achieve its denuclearization as they showcased their bilateral alliance, while Pence also urged Japan to do more to reduce US trade deficit. Pence and Abe also agreed to deepen cooperation in promoting energy, infrastructure and providing loans to nations in the region.
Pence said the US-Japan alliance is a “cornerstone” of the region’s peace and prosperity and said Japan is not only an ally but a friend, but that Japan needs to do more to reduce the bilateral trade imbalance.
“Japan is an indispensable trade partner for the United States,” he said. “The United States has had a trade imbalance with Japan for too long.” Abe and President Donald Trump agreed in September to start bilateral free trade talks, which are expected to begin early next year.
Pence also said he expected Japan’s increased “investment” in stepping up the…
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