USA defense chief reiterates commitment to defend S.Korea

US Defense Secretary James Mattis and South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo reaffirmed in phone talks on Saturday their commitment to a diplomatic solution ensuring the complete denuclearization of North Korea, the Pentagon said.

In his conversation with Mattis, Song reviewed the Panmunjom Declaration and the efforts to improve North-South relations while achieving the common goal of denuclearization, White said.

White said Mattis also reaffirmed the "ironclad US commitment" to defend its ally South Korea using "the full spectrum of USA capabilities".

On Friday South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong Un met at the Panmunjom "peace village" in the Demilitarized Zone and committed themselves to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and pledged to bring a formal end to the Korean War.

1950 was the year the Korean War started, a war that was de facto ended in 1953 with an armistice but is still technically ongoing as a peace treaty was never signed.

In a press release Sunday, according to the Korean Defense Ministry, Mattis said the inter-Korean summit marked an important step toward the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, and laid a firm groundwork for a successful U.S-North Korean summit.

He added that the U.S. "will build, through confidence-building measures, a degree of trust if it's going to go forward", referring to the dialogue with North Korea on the denuclearisation issue, reports Xinhua news agency. Bilateral relations are often strained over issues such as defense burden sharing, the USA army's harassment of South Korean civilians and Seoul's initiative to take back the war-time command control from Washington, among others.



Latest news

Here's how analysts see Public Storage (NYSE:PSA) after this past week
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board decreased Public Storage ( PSA ) stake by 59% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. The company is expected to report its next earnings results after the market closes on Wednesday, April 25th.

(AMT) Forecasted to Post Q4 2018 Earnings of $1.75 Per Share
With 25,500 avg volume, 2 days are for Limbach Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LMB)'s short sellers to cover LMB's short positions. The ratio improved due to AMT positioning: 47 sold and 280 reduced. 107 funds opened positions while 301 raised stakes.

Reduced its Holding in Baxter International Inc. (BAX)
Gavin III sold 18,750 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 28th. (NYSE: BAX ) on Friday, March 2. Hellman sold 3,760 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction on Monday, April 2nd. (NYSE: BAX)'s stock was 8.62%.

Piers Morgan: 'Harvey Weinstein believes he will be forgiven'
Oscar-winner Weinstein has been accused of rape by actresses including Rose McGowan and Asia Argento. "I can't express the same level of shock as some people in Hollywood".

Is Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) Going to Burn These Institutional Investors?
Nicholas Investment Partners Lp decreased Mindbody Inc stake by 47,147 shares to 212,734 valued at $6.48M in 2017Q4. Moreover, Liberty Mutual Grp Asset Mgmt Inc has 0.03% invested in The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ:WEN) for 61,121 shs.

Other news