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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Mattis’ Phone call with Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis spoke with Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo on the results of the inter-Korea summit.

Minister Song reviewed the Panmunjeom Declaration, and the efforts to improve North-South relations while achieving the common goal of denuclearization.  Both Secretary Mattis and Minister Song expressed serious commitment to a diplomatic resolution that achieves complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea, as reflected in multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions.  Secretary Mattis reaffirmed the ironclad U.S. commitment to defend the ROK using the full spectrum of U.S. capabilities.   Both sides pledged continued close coordination to implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions and to support diplomatic efforts to achieve complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization.