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Mattis says U.S. not out of diplomatic solutions with North Korea
August 30, 2017 / 2:59 PM / 3 months ago

Mattis says U.S. not out of diplomatic solutions with North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that the United States was not out of diplomatic solutions with North Korea, just hours after President Donald Trump tweeted that “talking is not the answer.”

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis leaves a news conference after a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Vidal/File Photo

When asked by reporters before a meeting with his South Korean counterpart at the Pentagon if the United States was out of diplomatic solutions with North Korea, Mattis replied: “No.”

“We are never out of diplomatic solutions. We continue to work together, and the minister and I share a responsibility to provide for the protection of our nations, our populations, and our interests,” Mattis added.

Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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