Top South Korean and U.S. defense officials meet in Hawaii

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Song Young-moo and James Mattis also agreed to beef up a strong, effective, and reliable response posture to provide military support for diplomatic efforts toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Mattis said Song is always welcome at the Pacific Command headquarters in Honolulu.

ROK-US Defense Ministerial Meeting U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo met at Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 26, 2018.

Mattis reiterated that military options remain at the ready to make sure diplomats have leverage in pressuring Pyongyang to denuclearize.

Washington agreed to delay them until after the Olympics, which will be held on February 9-25 in the South Korean alpine town of Pyeongchang.

North Korea and the United State's relationship has been strained in recent months with Kim Jong-un continually threatening to attack the U.S. with his nuclear programme.

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A joint Korean women's hockey team have practised together for the first team on Sunday, after North and South Korea chose to join forces for the first time ever at an Olympic competition. "It's an worldwide problem that requires an global solution".

In December, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution against North Korea, which caps imports of refined oil products, including diesel and kerosene, at 500-thousand barrels a year. "And at the same time, [they remain] steadfast that the global economic pressure campaign can denuclearize the Korean Peninsula".

The Defense Secretary reportedly said diplomacy would impose reason on the reckless rhetoric and risky provocations of North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un.

The acting USA ambassador in Seoul on Sunday condemned North Korea's plan to hold a massive military parade in Pyongyang on the eve of the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang. "I want to praise your nation's steadfast action, upholding the United Nations sanctions at sea", he told Song. Song also said that he and his American counterpart would exchange opinions on South Korean President Moon Jae-in's recent statement that the inter-Korea dialogue is ultimately meant to draw the North into talks with the United States.

"We're deconflicting during the period of the Olympics, and exercises will continue immediately after the Olympics", joint staff director Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said Thursday during a press briefing in Washington.

But Mattis pointed out that South Korean officials have promised to limit the talks to Olympics-related topics. During the meeting, Song also shared information on preparations for the handover of wartime operational control of the South Korean military and progress in national defense reforms, the ministry said.

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