South Korean war games will go on after Olympics, Pentagon says

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Mattis also said, "As two peace-loving nations, the Republic of Korea and America welcome the Olympic Games talks between the ROK and DPRK". "Our response to this threat remains diplomacy led, backed up with military options available to ensure that our diplomats are understood to be speaking from a position of strength", Mattis continued, reiterating Washington's position that the military option remains in place at the present stage as a means of backing up a diplomatic solution.

"We could fight tonight, shoulder to shoulder with the Koreans - or South Koreans, if they're attacked", Mattis added.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea, if forced to defend itself or its allies.

The U.S. did not take part in recent talks between North Korea and South Korea that have centered on participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics in February, but U.S. officials insisted that the two sides would not negotiate any details of the north's nuclear program without the U.S. present. At the same time, the report noted that the US Treasury Department had added the owner of one of the ships, the Ul Ji Bong 6, to a list of sanction targets on January 24 after the vessel delivered North Korean coal to Kholmsk on September 5.

A South Korean government official said Sunday that Seoul is now considering the move as "the North's oil supplies aren't in good condition" but there has been criticism "this would go against the flow of global sanctions on Pyongyang".

The talks for the Olympics, Mattis explained, do not address the overarching problems with North Korea. South Korean military officials also have said the drills would resume but it's too soon to disclose the exact date and size. The talks are drawing particular intention for including discussions on the future situation after the Pyeongchang Olympics, which have ushered in inter-Korean dialogue and reduced tensions in the new year.

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North Korea has been under a raft of harsh United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear tests as well as multiple rocket and missile launches.

The amount of refined oil needed for the inter-Korean event is said to be about ten-thousand liters.

Mattis made the comments during a meeting with his South Korean counterpart on Friday at the headquarters of US Pacific Command on Oahu.

"We're deconflicting during the period of the Olympics, and exercises will continue immediately after the Olympics", joint staff director Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said Thursday during a press briefing in Washington.

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.

The North has shown rapid progress toward its goal of developing a nuclear weapon that could reach the US mainland.

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