Vice President Mike Pence said bilateral negotiations with North Korea aren't going to happen as he continued his trip to Asia to put pressure on U.S. allies to join in a more aggressive stance toward Kim Jong Un.
"I think, not at this time," Pence said when asked on CNN about the possibility of direct talks between the two nations. He said getting allies on board with emphasizing that the Korean Peninsula must be free of nuclear weapons is the first priority.
"The president's vision for this is very straightforward," Pence said. "And, that is that we are going to make it clear to the regime in Pyongyang that the days of broken promises and the days of running out the clock on agreements with the wider world are over."
Pence, who visited the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea during his trip, said the White House didn't mean to mislead the public when it said the USS Carl Vinson was sailing toward the Korean Peninsula last week when it was not.
The White House told reporters, and President Trump confirmed, that the Vinson was sailing north as a display of force against North Korea. However, the reality was that it sailed south to the South Pacific to take part in a short exercise with the Australian Navy before heading toward North Korea.
Pence said that was an unintentional mistake and the commitment of the U.S. in the region can't be questioned.
"We've got an extraordinary commitment of U.S. forces in this region and the Carl Vinson and that battle group are being deployed to the Sea of Japan and will likely arrive here in the coming weeks," he said.