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Mattis won't talk about situation in North Korea

AFP  |  Muscat 

US said today he would not be speaking about the delicate situation with North Korea, saying the and State Department are leading the negotiations.

"This is a diplomatically led effort," told reporters when asked about a possible meeting between and North Korean leader Un.

"When you get into a position like this, the potential for misunderstanding remains very high... so I want those who are actually engaging in the discussions to be the ones who answer all about it," he added.

"Right now, every word is going to be nuanced and parsed apart across different cultures at different times of the day in different contexts, and right now I want a very straight line from those actually responsible, not from those of us in a supporting or background role," said.

Top South Korean announced Thursday that Kim and Trump will meet by May to secure a deal to remove nuclear weapons from the

Mattis was among the senior officials present in the when Trump accepted the invitation.

Chung said Kim is committed to denuclearisation, and Kim had pledged that would refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests during talks.

Mattis did not comment when asked about Foal Eagle joint drills with South Korea, which are expected to begin in the coming weeks.

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 22:35 IST