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Mattis: We want no war, seeks denuclearization of Korea

All Headlines 12:59 October 27, 2017

PANMUNJOM, Korea, Oct. 27 (Yonhap) -- As North Korean soldiers looked on, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday his administration does not want war but hopes for the complete denuclearization of Korea.

Standing several meters away from North Korea, he urged the Kim Jong-un regime to halt provocations that threaten others "with catastrophe."

"As Secretary of State Tillerson has made clear, our goal is not war, but rather the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," the Pentagon chief said in a brief statement at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo was standing next to him in a show of their robust alliance.

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