The Latest: Pence, Turnbull urge China to pressure N. Korea
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SYDNEY, Australia — The Latest on U.S.
Turnbull said at a joint news conference with Pence in Sydney on Saturday that China has the opportunity and "responsibility" to use its economic leverage to force China into compliance.
He said the "eyes of the world are on Beijing."
Pence added that "all options" remain on the table but the U.S. is "quietly confident" that China will pressure North Korea on its weapons program.
Pence told reporters on Saturday that he had reassured Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that the U.S. will
In January, Trump and Turnbull got into a spat over the agreement that strained ties between the countries. Under the deal, the U.S. would take up to 1,250 refugees that Australia houses in detention camps on the Pacific island nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
Pence is in Australia to reassure Turnbull about the state of the U.S.-Australia alliance.
Pence made the remarks ahead of a meeting on Saturday with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other Australian officials in Sydney.
Turnbull and Pence both spoke of the two countries' long history of military
Pence's trip to Australia comes during a period of unusual tension in the Australian-American alliance. In January, Trump and Turnbull got into a spat over a refugee resettlement deal that strained ties between the countries.
Pence was greeted in Sydney on Saturday by Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove. Cosgrove says the relationship is "as strong today" as it was since "the first time we saw each other on the battlefield in 1919."
Cosgrove says the alliance that started during World War I "started an unbreakable relationship." He also says: "We've been with you every step of the way."
Pence landed in Australia on Friday night, his latest stop on a 10-day tour through Asia.
He's expected to meet with Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, opposition leader Bill Shorten and others. Pence and his family are also scheduled to tour the Sydney Opera House and other landmarks.
The visit follows Pence's stops in South Korea, Japan and Indonesia for events focused on national security, trade and economic development.