Mattis: Diplomacy Should Impose Reason On North Korea's Kim

Mattis: Diplomacy Should Impose Reason On North Korea's Kim

Mattis: Diplomacy Should Impose Reason On North Korea's Kim

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea, if forced to defend itself or its allies.

He added, diplomacy can only be successful if backed by military options, to ensure diplomats are speaking from a position of strength.

"This is still in the diplomats' hands, as you know", he told reporters en route to Hawaii. At the same time, the report noted that the US Treasury Department had added the owner of one of the ships, the Ul Ji Bong 6, to a list of sanction targets on January 24 after the vessel delivered North Korean coal to Kholmsk on September 5.

The joint drills known as Key Resolve and Foal Eagle are held every year in the spring and always infuriate the North, which considers them a rehearsal for an invasion. "It's an worldwide problem that requires an global solution".

After their first formal talks in more than two years this month, officials from the two Koreas have been visiting each other to facilitate the North's participation in the Olympics, to be held in the South's alpine resort town of Pyeongchang.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who will represent the United States at the Olympics, said on Tuesday he would seek to counter what he described as an effort by North Korea to "hijack" the Games with a propaganda campaign.

The Pentagon rejected that idea, although it didn't give a new start date for the exercises.

The amount of refined oil needed for the inter-Korean event is said to be about ten-thousand liters. "The worldwide pressure campaign must continue". "There's no suspension contemplated".

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"Any efforts to drive a wedge in the U.S. -ROK Alliance would fail", it said.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis says diplomacy must take the lead in the effort to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"It is a realistic guess that a vicious circle of repeated provocations and sanctions could come back soon", he said.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that the notion of using military force to make North Korea stop its nuclear program was "unacceptable".

He thanked USA allies in the region for their support in upholding ongoing sanctions against North Korean products that have been ratcheted up in response to a slew of missile tests in 2017. It test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test previous year.

"Diplomacy should impose reason on Kim's reckless rhetoric and risky provocations", Mattis said, at a press conference immediately before his meeting with South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Yong-moo held at U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii.

Some 28,500 USA servicemembers are based in South Korea, which remains technically at war with the North after their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

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