Mattis discusses US-North Korea summit with S. Korean, Japanese counterparts

US Defense Secretary James Mattis late on Thursday spoke with South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to discuss the results of the US-North Korea summit, the Pentagon announced.

Mattis and Song “discussed their mutual support to ongoing diplomatic efforts, to include how we are working together” to fulfill President Donald Trump’s guidance on US-South Korean combined military exercises.

Mattis reaffirmed ironclad US-ROK (Republic of Korea) alliance, the announcement said. “Both pledged to continue working closely together toward regional peace and stability.” In a separate phone call with Onodera, Mattis reaffirmed the United States’ “ironclad defense commitments to Japan and its determination to maintain the readiness of its forces in the region,” the statement said, as both pledged to continue working toward regional peace and stability.

Source: Kuwait News Agency