Mattis vows ‘strong defensive stance’ despite US-SKorea drill halt

TOKYO, June 29: Washington will maintain a “strong” defensive stance with its regional allies despite halting military exercises with Seoul as it negotiates with North Korea, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said today.

“We maintain a strong collaborative defensive stance, to ensure our diplomats continue to negotiate from a position of unquestioned strength,” Mattis said after talks with his Japanese counterpart on the third leg of a regional trip. (AGENCIES)