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Dec. 1, 2017

Mattis, Japanese Defense Minister Discuss North Korean Missile Launch

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera condemned North Korea’s Nov. 28 intercontinental ballistic missile launch, and reaffirmed the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Nov. 28, 2017

North Korea Launches ICBM

The Defense Department detected and tracked a single North Korea missile launch and initial assessment indicates it was an intercontinental ballistic missile, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Nov. 16, 2017

Pentagon Officials Address Korea, ISIS, Budget in News Conference

During a news conference, the chief Pentagon spokesperson and the director of the Joint Staff discussed North Korea, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the Defense Department budget proposal.

Nov. 7, 2017

Trump Warns North Korean Leader Not to Underestimate U.S.-South Korean Will

In a speech before the South Korean National Assembly, President Donald J. Trump warned North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un not to underestimate the will and power of the United States and urged him to rid his country of nuclear weapons.

Nov. 7, 2017

North Korea Situation Requires Worldwide Action, Trump Says

North Korea constitutes a worldwide threat that requires worldwide action, President Donald J. Trump said in a press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House in Seoul.

Oct. 30, 2017

Dunford Hosts Trilateral Meeting With South Korean, Japanese Military Leaders

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts and regional U.S. military leaders to discuss trilateral cooperation in Northeast Asia in response to increasingly provocative North Korean actions.

Oct. 28, 2017

Mattis: U.S. Will Not Accept Nuclear-Armed North Korea

“I cannot imagine a condition under which the United States would accept North Korea as a nuclear power,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said to reporters following talks with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo in Seoul, South Korea.

Oct. 28, 2017

Dunford Discusses Issues Confronting U.S.-South Korea Alliance

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to reporters after two days of meetings in Seoul, where U.S. and South Korean defense leaders discussed the full range of issues confronting the alliance, including the North Korean threat.

Oct. 27, 2017

U.S. Official Salutes South Korea’s ‘Very Strong’ Military

The South Korean military is among the best in the world, and it is the largest part of the force that will “fight, tonight” if North Korea attacks, a U.S. Forces Korea official said.

Oct. 27, 2017

Secretary Visits DMZ With South Korean Counterpart

During a visit to the Demilitarized Zone, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reaffirmed the United States' commitment to the South Korean people, and said the visit portrays the difference between North Korea and South Korea.

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