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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Defense Secretary Mattis Assures South Korea Of U.S. Commitment To Alliance

Defense Secretary James Mattis is spending time in South Korea to assure leaders the United States is committed to their alliance. The defense secretary met with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul Thursday.
He addressed concerns that the two nations will no longer be ready if attacked after suspending ‘war games’ earlier this month.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, shakes hands with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo before their meeting in Seoul, South Korea Thursday, June 28, 2018. (Chung Sung-jun/Pool Photo via AP)
Mattis’ trip is meant to comfort Japan and South Korea as talks with North Korea continue.
“The recent decision to suspend the Freedom Guardian exercise creates increased opportunity for our diplomats to negotiate, increasing prospects for a peaceful solution on the (Korean) peninsula,” he stated. “U.S. commitment to the Republic of Korea (South Korea) remains ironclad and the U.S. will continue to use the full range of diplomatic and military capabilities to uphold this commitment.”
Mattis went on to say, current troop levels on the peninsula will remain the same despite suspending the joint drills.

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