1. U.S Secretary of Defence James Mattis and South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo arriving
2. Wide of news conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Mattis, US Secretary of Defence:
"I cannot imagine in light of Kim's (Jong Un) expanded outlaw activities that all the world has experienced, observed, over this last year or two, I can't imagine a condition under which the United States will accept North Korea as a nuclear power."
4. Mattis and Song at news conference
5. SOUNDBITE (English) James Mattis, US Secretary of Defence:
"We must recognize the reality that this a regime, a Kim regime, north of the DMZ that threatens peace and stability and certainly directly against the people of the ROK (Republic of Korea). So our combined effort is to deter that sort of threat or to have military options, many different military options, that would realistically reduce that threat as low as possible. And yes, we do have those options."
6. Pan from Mattis to Song
7. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Song Young-moo, South Korean Defence Minister:
"I have been asked several times by the parliament and press regarding (bringing back) tactical nuclear weapon (to South Korea). I have already answered these questions, and if I have to reaffirm that it is better not to deploy, taking our country's benefit into consideration. Also, if I am asked whether we can respond to North Korea's nuclear provocation, I can say that we have enough countermeasures."
US and South Korean defence leaders on Saturday stressed that they have military options and enough countermeasures to respond to threats by North Korea.
In a press conference following the annual Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) where South Korea and US discuss pending issues of their alliance, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Washington and Seoul have "many different military options" that would "realistically reduce" threats by Pyongyang.
Mattis asserted that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his regime threaten peace and stability. He also denied the possibility that the US would accept North Korea as a nuclear power.
At the same press conference, South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo said the alliance has "enough countermeasures" against North Korea's provocations.
However, Song denied a possibility of bringing back a US tactical nuclear weapon to South Korea.
The Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) is an annual defence meeting between Seoul and Washington led by the top defence decision making bodies of the two countries.
In this year's meeting, the allies discussed the transfer of wartime operational control, rotation of US strategic assets into the Korean Peninsula, measures to enhance deterrence powers, along with military response and measures against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.