Readout of Secretary of Defense Mattis' Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyungwha

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


Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang Kyungwha to discuss the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.


Minister Kang reviewed the Panmunjeom Declaration, and the efforts to improve North-South relations while achieving the common goal of denuclearization.  Secretary Mattis and Minister Kang shared their hope that the upcoming U.S.-North Korea talks scheduled for June 12 would provide a historic opportunity to reach a diplomatic resolution that achieves complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea. 


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 North Korea-related United Nations Security Council resolutions and to support ongoing diplomatic engagements.