FOREIGN POLICY/MIKE PENCE: “Vice President Mike Pence plans to travel to South Korea and Japan later this month amid simmering tensions along the Korean peninsula over North Korea’s attempts to advance its nuclear and missile programs.
The White House said Thursday that Pence would depart April 15 on a 10-day, four-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific region that will also include stops in Indonesia and Australia and a visit with U.S. troops in Hawaii.
Pence’s itinerary will focus on U.S. military and economic alliances in the region and feature sessions with business executives and foreign leaders.
The vice president is expected to meet with acting South Korea Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.”
-Ken Thomas, “Pence says US to hold Russia accountable, stand with NATO,” The Washington Post online, April 6, 2017