Jim Mattis stressed diplomacy to deal with the North Korean crisis

Vastavam web: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stressed diplomacy as the way to deal with the North Korean crisis on Friday during talks with his South Korean counterpart in Hawaii, a day after Seoul’s top diplomat said a military solution would be unacceptable.“Diplomacy should (impose) reason on Kim’s reckless rhetoric and dangerous provocations,” Mattis said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has said all options are on the table when it comes to North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States.But Mattis has consistently stressed non-military actions, including international sanctions. He renewed that message as he met South Korean Minister of Defence Song Young-moo at the U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii.“We both understand each other well and that as an alliance, we always go together,” he said, speaking through a translator.

The exchange came a day after South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program must be resolved diplomatically, and added that she was certain Washington would consult her government first if a military option were to be considered.After their first formal talks in more than two years this month, officials from the two Koreas have been visiting each other to facilitate the North’s participation in the Olympics, to be held in the South’s alpine resort town of Pyeongchang.North Korea has waged a publicity campaign around its attendance, calling on Thursday for “all Koreans at home and abroad” to promote inter-Korean cooperation.