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US Military, Intel Officials Cautious About N. Korean Overtures

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to sit down for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un came as no surprise to top U.S. military officials, though they are wary of setting any expectations. The Pentagon said Friday that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was in contact with the White House and involved in the decision to accept the North Korean leader's offer. But military officials also said the decision to talk with North Korea should not be mistaken for any weakening of U.S. resolve. "The [Defense Department] will continue to support the global maximum pressure campaign against North Korea," a Pentagon spokesman said, referring to ramped-up economic sanctions that have been imposed against Pyongyang for its nuclear weapons and missile development programs. "The maximum pressure campaign is clearly having an impact," he added. Drills to continue As part of the agreement to meet, Kim Jong Un agreed that routine U.S.-South...

 

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