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Jim Mattis vows 'strong defensive stance' despite US-South Korea drill halt

"We maintain a strong collaborative defensive stance, to ensure our diplomats continue to negotiate from a position of unquestioned strength," Mattis said after talks with his Japanese counterpart on the third leg of a regional trip.

June 29, 2018 / 08:17 AM IST
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis pauses as he testifies before the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing on funding for the Department of Defense, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RC12DDE332C0

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis pauses as he testifies before the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing on funding for the Department of Defense, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RC12DDE332C0

Washington will maintain a "strong" defensive stance with its regional allies despite halting military exercises with Seoul as it negotiates with North Korea, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said today.

"We maintain a strong collaborative defensive stance, to ensure our diplomats continue to negotiate from a position of unquestioned strength," Mattis said after talks with his Japanese counterpart on the third leg of a regional trip.
PTI
first published: Jun 29, 2018 08:12 am
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