ROME (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says it’s too early to tell if any of the overtures between North and South Korea during the Olympic Games are creating a chance for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
But he rejects any suggestion that even a temporary warming of relations between the North and South could drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.
His remarks come after North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister, who is attending the Olympics, invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang.
Mattis says the North’s decision to hold a recent military parade that highlighted its ballistic missiles confuses any messages of thawing tensions on the peninsula.
He spoke in Rome, where he’s scheduled to meet fellow defense ministers.
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