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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Defense Secretary Mattis Weighs In On Iran Threat, North Korea Joint Summit

Defense Secretary James Mattis recently testified before a Senate Appropriations Committee, where he offered his thoughts on the growing Iranian nuclear threat and the upcoming summit with North Korea.
In a statement Wednesday, Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment in deterring Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
His comments come a day after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from nuclear accord.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, speaks with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, as they arrive to a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the FY19 budget, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Mattis went on to say the U.S. troop presence in South Korea would not be discussed amid beginning negotiations.
“That would be one thing between two allies, not a matter of the negotiation with DPRK for example,” he said. “That is a sovereign decision of the people and the government of ROK (Republic of Korea) and the people and the government of the United States.”
There are currently nearly 29,000 American troops stationed on the peninsula in an effort to enhance peace and stability worldwide.
Mattis went on to suggest he is optimistic for the upcoming meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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