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Mattis underscores diplomacy in North Korea crisis


NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (L) talks with US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis (C) and Britain’s Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson (R) as they pose for a family photo during a NATO defence ministers’ meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 8, 2017. NATO defence ministers are meeting over two days at the alliance’s Brussels headquarters as the US president arrived in Beijing to press key player China to do more to get Pyongyang to curb its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes.<br />/ AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that the US supports solving the North Korean nuclear crisis diplomatically, after President Donald Trump warned that “time is quickly running out”.

“This is a diplomatically led and certainly an economic sanctions reinforced effort to either isolate them and reduce their economic situation or they can come to the negotiating table,” Mattis told reporters at a NATO summit.

“Everything we do is inside that diplomatic framework.”


On a trip to Beijing on Thursday, Trump prodded Chinese leader Xi Jinping to work fast to help resolve the North Korea crisis.

“We must act fast. And hopefully China will act faster and more effectively on this problem than anyone,” Trump said.

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