1.Mattis poses with troops for group photo, gathers troops around for discussion
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Mattis, US Defense Secretary
"You know when Generals and Secretaries of Defense and Ministers of Defense are done talking, it rides on your young soldiers to make this alliance work. And stand together with one another. Remember, a lot of Koreans, a lot of Americans died together fighting. That's the legacy you carry on. And we're doing everything we can to solve this diplomatically. Everything we can. But ultimately our diplomats have to be backed up by strong soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines."
3. Mattis shakes hands with South Korean soldier
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Mattis, US Defense Secretary
"You know, an awful lot of our strength in the alliance comes because so many American troops have lived here and their families have lived here, and then they go home. And the idea of ROK's (Republic of Korea) unique democracy here, literally, right now, as you know, we're within range of their fire. And yet somehow this democracy has come up to all of this, out of a very bloody, awful war. And so I think that also having their officers and families and their NCOs go to our schools in the states. The more the people to people, peace works."
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis returned to Seoul, South Korea, following his trip to the DMZ. He spoke with a small group of US troops. Mattis told the soldiers and sailors that the U.S. is doing everything it can to resolve the conflict with North Korea diplomatically, but that diplomats need a strong military to back up their words. Mattis also praised South Korea's democracy and said many U.S. military personnel have come to appreciate that democracy by living in the country.
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