“Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday sought to downplay President Trump’s earlier assertion that seemed to rule out a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s ongoing missile tests,” The Hill reports.
“‘The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!’ Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.”
“Mattis broke from that view, telling reporters asking about the tweet at the Pentagon, ‘We’re never out of diplomatic solutions.'”
“Mattis’s comments on how to respond to North Korea echo those of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said Sunday that the U.S. would continue its ‘peaceful pressure’ campaign on Pyongyang.”