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US defense chief tells China to get tough on Pyongyang

James Mattis warns of nuclear, terrorism threats as Asian security forum

Han Min-koo, left, and Tomomi Inada -- the defense chiefs of South Korea and Japan -- pose for a photo with their U.S. counterpart, James Mattis, in Singapore on June 3. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

SINGAPORE U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis called on China to help stymie North Korea's nuclear ambitions, describing the Kim Jong Un regime as a "clear and present danger" to U.S. national security.

Speaking on June 3 at the 16th Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, Mattis also warned of 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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