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Defense Secretary Mattis indicates U.S. has “war plan” for North Korea, but reiterates diplomatic solution should be prioritized

NHK reported at noon that according to U.S. and Japanese diplomatic sources, Secretary of Defense Mattis made remarks during a dinner held on the eve of the Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ Meeting indicating that the U.S. has a “war plan” for North Korea. At the same time, the Secretary reportedly reiterated the position that a peaceful resolution through diplomatic efforts should be prioritized.


The network quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga as saying at a press conference this morning: “I am not aware of the specific details, so I should not make any comment on behalf of the government.” Suga reportedly added: “It was extremely significant that at this meeting the international community united and conveyed the message that North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons is not acceptable and that it will maximize pressure on the North.”

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