Defense Secretary Mattis Says North Korea Nuke Threat Makes Cooperation With Seoul Urgent

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Speaking in Seoul, South Korea, on October 28, Secretary of Defense James Mattis (shown on left) said that the growing nuclear threat from North Korea has brought “a new urgency” to military and diplomatic cooperation between the United States and South Korea. “The threat from North Korea has grown markedly even since my trip here earlier this year,” Mattis said. “North Korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbors and the world through its illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs,” he added, emphasizing that the United States “does not accept a nuclear North Korea.”

Mattis spoke at a press conference while appearing alongside South Korean Defense Minister Song Young.


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