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Mattis: North Korea nukes will be met with a massive response

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo during a welcome honor guard ceremony at the Defense Ministry in Seoul. Photo: Lee Jin-man / AP

"Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said [today in South Korea that] the threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating," AP's Bob Burns reports from Seoul:

  • With "South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo at his side, ... Mattis said North Korea engages in 'outlaw' behavior and that the U.S. will never accept a nuclear North."
  • Mattis: "North Korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbors and the world ... I cannot imagine a condition under which the United States would accept North Korea as a nuclear power."
  • More Mattis: "[A]ny use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response that is effective and overwhelming."
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