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Will work for networked security architecture capable of deterring aggression: Mattis

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US will strengthen alliances in the region for a networked architecture capable of deterring aggression, maintaining stability and ensuring free access to common domains, said today.

A free and open region provides prosperity and for all, said in his testimony before the during a Congressional hearing.

"We will continue to strengthen our alliances and partnerships in the to a networked architecture capable of deterring aggression, maintaining stability and ensuring free access to common domains," he said.

With key countries in the region, the US will bring together bilateral and multilateral security relationships to preserve the free and open international system, he said.

Describing the global situation as sobering, said both and are modernising their military arsenal.

"The global situation is sobering. is modernising its full range of while espousing a theory of nuclear escalation in military conflict. China, too, is modernising and expanding its already considerable nuclear forces, pursuing entirely new capabilities, he said.

"is also modernising its conventional military forces to a degree that will challenge the US military superiority.

"While recent events have given rise to a sense of positive movement, North Korea's nuclear provocations threaten regional and global peace and have garnered universal condemnation by the UN. Iran's nuclear ambitions also remain an unresolved concern. Globally, nuclear terrorism remains a tangible threat," the said.

Mattis said that long-term strategic competitors like Russia, China, and are using increasingly aggressive methods and levels of sophistication to conduct malicious activities.

The challenge facing the (Defence) Department is equally applicable to public and across the US, networks that are already held at risk, he said.

Mattis said nations as different as and have chosen to be strategic competitors as they seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models and pursue veto power over other nations' economic, diplomatic and security decisions.

"Rogue regimes like and persist in taking outlaw actions that undermine and threaten regional and global stability. Additionally and despite our success against ISIS' physical caliphate, violent extremist organisations continue to sow hatred, incite violence and murder innocents," he added.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 22:05 IST