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Secretary Mattis used the official visit to reaffirm the new administration's commitment to the longstanding cooperation between the two countries as represented by a defense treaty, despite rhetoric adopted by President Donald Trump during the election campaign suggesting the pact represented a poor deal for the U.S.

North Korea, which frequently vows to destroy both South Korea and the US, conducted more than 20 missile tests in 2016, as well as five nuclear tests over the last decade, defying United Nations sanctions against them. The extended deterrence includes a preemptive strike on the North's nuclear weapons through the Thaad battery, precision strike weapons and other US nuclear assets.

"The U.S. -South Korea pursuit of THAAD deployment can undermine China's national strategy and prosperity, and also undermines regional strategic balance", the spokesman said, according to Yonhap.

"Faced with a current severe security situation, Secretary Mattis' visit to Korea. also communicates the strongest warning to North Korea", Han said.

Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis sent a no-holds-barred threat to the dictator on a visit to neighbouring South Korea.

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James Mattis made the pledge during a meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

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Mattis warned that the USA will not tolerate North Korean aggression while meeting with Defense Minister Han Min Koo, his South Korean counterpart. In response, Mattis said that he meant to make clear during the meeting that Article 5 of the security treaty will be important five years or 10 years from now, just as it was a year ago or five years ago.

He also accused Seoul and Tokyo of not paying their fair share for the 47,000 USA troops stationed in Japan and 28,500 in South Korea.

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It came one day after Mattis reaffirmed the longstanding U.S. adherence to a defence treaty with South Korea, another firm USA ally in Asia, during his meeting with top officials in Seoul.

A view of artillery fire and landing exercises guided by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (not seen) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang February 21, 2015.

Mattis has plenty of pressing issues on the agenda, including the threat from North Korea, a planned US missile-defense system in Korea, and whether the US under Trump will commit to including the disputed Senkaku Islands-which are administered by Japan but claimed by China as the Diaoyu islands-as per the US-Japan Security Treaty as military tensions ratchet up in the region.

"There's only one reason we even have this under discussion right now and that is North Korea's activities", CNN quoted the retired general as saying. He also said he would discuss what other defensive measures the allies can take, although he didn't offer any specifics.

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