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Mattis warns ‘massive’ response to N. Korea

AFPSEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Saturday warned North Korea of a “massive military response” to any use of nuclear weapons as tensions remain sky-high ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to South Korea.

Mattis, on a trip to Seoul for annual defense talks, maintained that diplomacy remained a “preferred course of action” but stressed, “our diplomats are most effective when backed by credible military force.”

“Make no mistake — any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated,” Mattis said at a joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart Song Young Moo.

“Any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response, effective and overwhelming,” Mattis said, adding Washington “does not accept a nuclear North Korea.”

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