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"Song said the talks with the North are "about ultimately drawing the North into a dialogue with the United States".

He added, diplomacy can only be successful if backed by military options, to ensure diplomats are speaking from a position of strength. "We could fight tonight, shoulder to shoulder with the South Koreans, if they're attacked", the defense secretary told reporters en route from Vietnam to Hawaii.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that the notion of using military force to make North Korea stop its nuclear program was "unacceptable". "An attack on [South Korea] will be severely rebuffed if it's attempted".

"I think it is skeptical that North Korea would actually use its nuclear weapon against the US and South Korea", the minister said, responding to questions following his keynote speech at the Fullerton Forum hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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In addition to the resignations, Blackmun's email stated an interim board must be in place by February 28 and then in turn replaced within 12 months.

Seoul has offered an olive branch to Pyongyang by inviting the North's athletes to this year's Winter Olympics while representatives from the two countries have held limited talks on some military issues.

Kang said she was positive the United States, her country's main ally in the standoff with North Korea, would obtain South Korea's approval before any military action on the issue.

Washington agreed to delay them until after the Olympics, which will be held on February 9-25 in the South Korean alpine town of Pyeongchang.

If such plans are finalized, it would mark the first direct South Korean flight to the North since former first lady Lee Hee-ho made a rare goodwill visit to Pyongyang in 2015, the official said.

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North Korea has frequently responded to the exercises - and similar drills held by the allies in the fall - with missile tests and a stream of bellicose rhetoric.

The amount of oil needed for the cultural event would amount to roughly 10 thousand liters or 63 barrels of oil.

Secretary Mattis and Minister Song endorsed the continued strengthening of combined U.S. -ROK capabilities to deter and defend against the North Korean threat. "The worldwide pressure campaign [against North Korea] must continue", Mattis declared, adding that "our aim remains a complete and verifiable and irreversible de-nuclearization (CVID) of the Korean Peninsula".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has refused to give up development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States in spite of increasingly severe U.N. sanctions, raising fears of a new war on the Korean peninsula.

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Equally important was a par save on No. 6, where his flop-shot wedge from deep rough stopped four feet from the cup. The importance was not lost on Woods, who has missed just 17 cuts worldwide - 16 on the PGA Tour - in his career.

He thanked USA allies in the region for their support in upholding ongoing sanctions against North Korean products that have been ratcheted up in response to a slew of missile tests in 2017.

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