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In his fourth trip to Asia in his current post, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took part in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations defense ministers meeting in the Philippines and then attended the Royal Cremation Rites of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Thailand. He concluded his trip with a visit to South Korea to co-chair the 49th annual Security Consultative Meeting.
Defense Secretary, South Korean Defense Minister Hold Joint News Conference
"I cannot imagine a condition under which the United States would accept North Korea as a nuclear power," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said to reporters following talks with South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo in Seoul, South Korea. Story
Standing in the Demilitarized Zone with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the visit portrays in strong terms the difference between North Korea and South Korea. Story
Jim Mattis became the 26th defense secretary Jan. 20, 2017. During more than four decades in uniform, he commanded Marines at all levels, including in combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a joint force commander, he commanded U.S. Joint Forces Command, NATO's Supreme Allied Command for Transformation and U.S. Central Command.