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US Can't Accept Nuclear N Korea But 'Diplomacy is the Only Way to Deal with It'

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 16:36

James Mattis, US Defense Secretary, has stated that Washington considered a diplomatic resolution to the North Korean nuclear crisis to be "the preferred way" during a stopover in Seoul amid his week-long trip to Asia.

"I cannot imagine a condition under which the United States would accept North Korea as a nuclear power," US Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Saturday in Seoul during a meeting with his counterpart, South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo, Sputnik reports.

Still, Mattis warned Pyongyang that its military "was no match for the decades-old US-South Korean alliance," in terms of "firepower and cohesiveness" and that "any attack on the US or its allies will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response that is effective and overwhelming."

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