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Mattis: U.S. can't accept nuclear North Korea

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 01:15

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he cannot imagine the United States ever accepting a nuclear North Korea, warning that its rapidly advancing nuclear and missile programs would undermine, not strengthen, its security. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday (October 28) that he could not imagine the United States ever accepting a nuclear North Korea, warning that its rapidly advancing nuclear and missile programs would undermine, not strengthen, its security. Mattis has been at pains during his week-long trip to Asia to stress that diplomacy is America's preferred course, a message he returned to after top-level military talks in Seoul on Saturday and the tense border area with North Korea on Friday (October 27). Still, he warned Pyongyang that its military was no match for the U.S.-South Korean alliance, and that diplomacy was most effective "when backed by credible military force." Tension between North Korea and the United States has been building after a series of nuclear and missile tests by Pyongyang and bellicose verbal exchanges between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.

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Mattis: U.S. can't accept nuclear North Korea

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 01:15