Pence reaffirms sanctions campaign against N. Korea

United States Vice-President Mike Pence with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the start of their meeting at the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo yesterday.
United States Vice-President Mike Pence with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the start of their meeting at the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo yesterday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

US Vice-President also keeps up pressure on Japan to reduce trade surplus

US Vice-President Mike Pence yesterday reaffirmed the need to work with Japan to maintain the sanctions campaign against North Korea until its denuclearisation, while also keeping up pressure on Tokyo to reduce its trade surplus with the US.

The Vice-President's remarks on North Korea, made in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe beside him, came a day after a report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies think-tank showed that Pyongyang was secretly moving ahead with its ballistic missile programme with 16 hidden bases.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2018, with the headline 'Pence reaffirms sanctions campaign against N. Korea'. Print Edition | Subscribe