Mattis: ‘Too early to tell’ if Olympics will lead to North Korea breakthrough

February 12, 2018

Military Times:

ROME – While the Olympics provides a backdrop for the highest level communications between North and South Korea in years, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is warning not to overestimate what may be said.

“Clearly, it’s too early to say if using the Olympics in a way to reduce tensions, if that is going to have any traction once the Olympics are over,” Mattis said Sunday while en route to Europe. “We can’t say right now.”

Asked if he thought the discussions between South Korean president Moon Jae-In and Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, were a good early sign about tensions easing, Mattis reiterated that it was “too early” to make any calls — but pointed to North Korea’s most recent military parade as perhaps a more realistic sign of where things stand…

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