>> US Defesce Secretary James Mattis on Sunday said America and its allies will hold fast on North Korea until Pyongyang begins dismantling its nuclear weapons program.>> We must remain vigilant. And we will continue to implement all UN Securtity Council resolutions on North Korea. North Korea will receive relief only when it demonstrates verifiable and irreversible steps to denuclearization.
>> Mattis is in Singapore holding trilateral meetings with the defense ministers of Japan and South Korea. All three military chiefs agreed that they would maintain pressure on Pyongyang ahead of a possible summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. Trump on Friday received an envoy from North Korea bearing a large envelope and message from Kim.
After they met, the President told reporters he was planning to sit down with the North Korean leader very soon.>> We'll be meeting on June 12th in Singapore. It went very well. It's really a get to know you kind of a situation.>> The decision comes a days after he backed out of a possible meeting, blaming what he called Pyongyang's hostility.
Mattis in Singapore sought to reassure Tokyo and Seoul that the US would take their security concerns seriously in any discussions with North Korea. He said differences between Washington and Pyongyang may not be resolved too quickly.>> We can anticipated at best a bumpy road to the negotiation.>> Japan and South Korea are among America's closest allies and may be the most vulnerable in the event of a military confrontation between the US and Pyongyang.