US vice-president arrives in Japan as he begins Asia tour

US vice-president arrives in Japan as he begins Asia tour 

US Vice President Mike Pence (R) and his wife Karen wave upon their arrival at Yokota Air Base in Fussa, Tokyo suburbs, Japan, Nov. 12, 2018. EPA-EFE/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/ NO ARCHIVES

Tokyo, Nov 12 (efe-epa).- The vice-president of the United States arrived Monday in Japan where he is expected to meet with the country’s prime minister to discuss issues related to security and trade.

Mike Pence arrived at the US’ Yokota Air Base west of Tokyo on the first stop of his eight-day Asia tour, during which he will also visit Singapore, Australia and Papua New Guinea, US sources in Japan confirmed on their social network sites.

Pence will meet with Shinzo Abe on Tuesday to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program and a bilateral trade agreement, state news agency NHK reported.

After his Tokyo visit, Pence will attend the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea, according to the White House.

Pence, accompanied by National Security Advisor John Bolton, is also expected to meet with the prime ministers of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong; India, Narendra Modi; Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill; and Australia, Scott Morrison.

The is the US vice-president’s third trip to Asia since he assumed his position.