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Mattis says North Korea can't drive wedge between South, US

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US says it's too early to tell if any of the overtures between North and South during are creating a chance for peace on the

But he rejected any suggestion Sunday that even a temporary warming of relations between the could drive a wedge between and

His remarks came after North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister, who is attending the Olympics, invited South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, to visit

Moon has not yet accepted the invitation from Kim Yo Jong, although he has said before he'd be willing to visit if it would help end the North's pursuit of nuclear weapons and its decades of hostility and threats against the South.

said it's unclear "if using in a way to reduce tension if that's going to have any traction once are over. We can't say right now."

Speaking to reporters traveling with him on a weeklong trip to Europe, said the North's decision to hold a recent military parade that highlighted its ballistic missiles confuses any messages of thawing tensions on the peninsula.

"I don't know if it's a sign," Mattis said. "That's a very strange time if, in fact, he's trying to show a warming to the country that he has attacked repeatedly as an American puppet."

He said that when he met South Korea's in January, it was made clear "there is no wedge that can be driven between us by North "

Mattis is scheduled to meet in with about a dozen defense ministers who are involved in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group in and He will then go to a NATO meeting in and a security conference in

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 02:15 IST