Just hours after President Trump tweeted that “talking is not the answer” to solve the problem of North Korea’s missile tests, Secretary of Defense James Mattis directly contradicted him at a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, saying the US was not out of diplomatic options. Justin Mitchell reports.
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES / NORTH KOREA (RESTRICTED POOL, KRT)
President Donald Trump re-igniting his war of words with Kim Jong-Un on Wednesday.
Trump tweeting “talking is not the answer,” in the wake of North Korea’s latest missile test…even as the Pentagon tried to keep the focus on diplomacy.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis meeting with his South Korean counterpart and directly contradicting the president.
REPORTER AND SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES MATTIS
REPORTER: Are we out of diplomatic solutions?
MATTIS: No. / We are never out of diplomatic solutions. We continue to work together, and the minister and I share a responsibility to provide for the protection of our nations, our populations, and our interests.
Tuesday’s launch of a ballistic missile directly over Japan widely seen as a show of defiance by Kim after Trump warned of “fire and fury.”