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HONOLULU (AP) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Olympics talks between North and South Korea should not distract from the internationally agreed goal of denuclearizing the North.

Mattis spoke during a photo session with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo at U.S. Pacific Command headquarters on Friday.

Mattis is welcoming the North-South talks but says a campaign of diplomatic pressure will continue unabated.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week that the idea of using military force to stop North Korea’s nuclear program was “unacceptable.”

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