US Defense Secretary James Mattis pledged to maintain and strengthen the US security alliance with Japan amid fears that talks with North Korea.
SEOUL: U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary warned North Korea on Friday of an "effective and overwhelming" response if it chose to use nuclear weapons, as he reassured South Korea of steadfast U.S. support. "Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming," Defense Secretary James Mattis said at South Korea's defense ministry, at the end of a two-day visit. Mattis' remarks come amid concern…
WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will resign on Monday, senior officials told reporters, as the White House faced mounting criticism over its handling of the war against the Islamic State group and the campaign in Afghanistan.