PressTV-‘US, Seoul firm on North’s disarming despite talks’

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has emphasized that North Korea will not likely be able to use talks with the rival South on the Winter Olympics to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul regarding the denuclearization of the peninsula.

Mattis said he had spoken with his South Korean counterpart Song Young-moo on Friday and was assured that the breakthrough talks next Tuesday between Seoul and Pyongyang would strictly be limited to the Winter Olympics arrangements.

The talks would be “about the Olympics only, that’s the sum total of subjects that are going to be discussed,” he further stated during a press briefing at the Pentagon.

“This is by South Korean leadership telling us this –so, no, we are not concerned,” the US military chief insisted. “There’s nothing where they (North Korea) can drive a wedge at all.”

The remarks came following widespread press reports reflecting Washington’s concerns about potential efforts by Pyongyang…

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