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Mattis, South Korean Counterpart Confer on North Korean Nuke Test

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo spoke yesterday to discuss North Korea's Sept. 2 test of a nuclear device, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis walks with the South Korean defense minister up a flight of stairs.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo walk up the stairs into the Pentagon, Aug. 30, 2017. At their meeting, the two defense leaders discussed the threat posed by North Korea. They spoke again Sept. 5, 2017, to discuss North Korea's latest test of a nuclear device. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis walks with the South Korean defense minister up a flight of stairs. Mattis Meeting
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo walk up the stairs into the Pentagon, Aug. 30, 2017. At their meeting, the two defense leaders discussed the threat posed by North Korea. They spoke again Sept. 5, 2017, to discuss North Korea's latest test of a nuclear device. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr

In a statement summarizing the conversation, White said Mattis assured Song that the United States remains ironclad in its commitment to South Korea's defense.

Emphasizing Threat Response

"He further emphasized that any threat to the United States, its territories or its allies will be met with a massive, effective and overwhelming military response, White said.

Mattis and Song discussed avenues for improving bilateral, trilateral and regional defense cooperation in light of the threat posed by North Korea and to maintain peace and stability in Northeast Asia and the broader Asia-Pacific region, she added.

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Song met with Mattis at the Pentagon on Aug. 30, a day after North Korea shot and intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan.