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Mattis vows 'immediate, specific' actions to intercept N.K. missile

All Headlines 03:09 August 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (Yonhap) -- The United States would take immediate and specific actions to take down a North Korean missile should it be fired toward any of its allies, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday.

Mattis made the remark during a press conference following a so-called "2+2" meeting involving the foreign and defense ministers of the U.S. and ally Japan.

"We would take immediate, specific actions to take it down," he said in response to a question about what the U.S. would do if North Korea launched ballistic missiles toward the territory of its allies.

The ministers said they discussed their response to North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats.


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