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U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

Mattis urges China to act on North Korea threat

US defense secretary calls for defeat of extremists in Iraq, Syria, Southeast Asia

MAYUKO TANI, Nikkei staff writer | China

SINGAPORE -- James Mattis, the U.S. defense secretary, urged China to act against North Korea's nuclear program, describing the Kim Jong Un regime as a "clear and present danger" to U.S. national security.

Mattis also spoke to the threat of terrorism in Asia. "We must defeat extremist organizations wherever they attempt to establish roots -- not just in Iraq and Syria, but also here in Southeast Asia", he said.

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