North Korea a 'clear and present' threat, says US defence secretary

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James Mattis says Washington is encouraged by China’s efforts to restrain Pyongyang but will not accept Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea

The United States is encouraged by China’s efforts to restrain North Korea but Washington will not accept Beijing’s militarisation of islands in the South China Sea, US defence secretary, James Mattis, said on Saturday.

The comments by Mattis, during the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, show how Donald Trump’s administration is looking to balance working with China to restrain North Korea’s advancing missile and nuclear programmes while dealing with Beijing’s activities in the South China Sea.

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