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Mattis says he is optimistic North Korea talk will be 'fruitful'

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis answers a question from the media during a meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (not pictured) at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S. April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that he was optimistic that talks with North Korea would be “fruitful,” days after Pyongyang said it was suspending nuclear and missile tests and scrapping its nuclear test site.

“Right now, I think there is a lot of reasons for optimism that the negotiations will be fruitful and we’ll see,” Mattis said before the start of his meeting with his counterpart from Thailand.

Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Lisa Shumaker