Highlights: The Trump presidency on April 18 at 1:46 p.m. EDT/1746 GMT

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Posted: Apr 18, 2017 1:51 PM

(Reuters) - Highlights for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday:

NORTH KOREA

Vice President Mike Pence reassures Japan of American commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions, after warning that U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan show the strength of its resolve.

North Korea will continue to test missiles regularly and any military action against it by the United States would prompt "all-out war," a senior North Korean official tells the BBC.

JAPAN

Pence puts Japan on notice that Washington wants results "in the near future" from talks it hopes will open markets to U.S. goods, adding that the dialogue could lead to negotiations on a two-way trade deal.

VISA PROGRAM

Trump on Tuesday will order federal agencies to look at tightening a temporary visa program used to bring high-skilled foreign workers to the United States, as he tries to carry out his campaign pledges to put "America First."

GEORGIA CONGRESSIONAL RACE

Democrat Jon Ossof leads a field of 18 candidates in Tuesday's election for the Georgia congressional seat vacated by Trump's health secretary, and a win by the political novice in a reliably Republican district could spell trouble for the Republican president.

TURKEY

Trump congratulates Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on his referendum campaign in a phone call and vows close cooperation on Syria, Iraq and the fight against Kurdish militants, Turkish presidential sources say.

YEMEN

A political solution through U.N.-brokered negotiations is needed to resolve the conflict in Yemen, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says as he makes his first trip in the role to Saudi Arabia.

U.S. ECONOMY

Planned fiscal stimulus from Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress could pose an "upside risk" to the U.S. economy, Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George says, adding she is not yet forecasting it will materialize.

CLIMATE CHANGE ACCORD

A White House meeting that was to help determine whether the United States should withdraw from the Paris climate accord has been postponed, a White House official says.

ETHICS LAWSUIT

A nonprofit watchdog expands a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the Constitution by letting his hotels and restaurants accept payments from foreign governments.

(Compiled by Jonathan Oatis; Editing by Grant McCool)