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Defense Secretary Mattis says Trump administration not split over North Korea

NHK reported at noon that concerning Secretary of State Tillerson’s disclosure last month that the United States is talking to North Korea followed by President Trump’s tweet saying that talking to North Korea is “a waste of time,” Secretary of Defense Mattis said on Tuesday: “All we are doing is probing. We’re not talking with them, consistent with the President’s dismay about not talking with them before the time is ripe…. So I do not see the divergence as strongly as some have interpreted it.” The Defense Secretary reportedly said that the United States and North Korea are not at the stage of dialogue on denuclearization and explained that the members of the Trump administration have a unified view on the issue.

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