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  Mattis warns North Korea of 'overwhelming' response to nuclear use  South Korea: The US Defence Secretary has said any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an 'effective and overwhelming' response US defence chief Mattis visiting South Korea and Japan
  North Korea threat: Mattis warns of 'massive military response' Map of Pentagon USA


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Sep.3
  Washington: Pentagon chief James Mattis says any threat to the US or its allies by North Korea will be met with a 'massive military response'
Feb.2
Feb.1
  US defence secretary James Mattis is in South Korea on the first foreign trip by a senior official in the Trump administration



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May.12
  Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol has been executed, South Korea's spy agency has told parliament, according to media reports


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Oct.9 North Korea replaces hard-line military chief  State media has confirmed that the hard-line military chief Kim Kyok Sik was replaced only a few months after his appointment by Ri Yong Gil May.12 North Korea replaces hardline defense chief  North Korea has replaced it hardline defense chief Kim Kyok Sik with a little-known army general Jang Jong Nam

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Jul.17   North Korea's Kim named marshal
  North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been given the title of marshal, state media has announced, followed a high-level military reshuffle Jul.16 North Korea names new army chief  North Korea has appointed Hyon Yong-Chol as the head of its army, according to the official KCNA news agency Jul.15 North Korea military head removed
  North Korean military chief Ri Yong-ho has been removed from all official posts, according to state media


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Dec.30   Kim Jong-un named army commander
  North Korea: North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un, has been formally named supreme commander of the country's armed forces, state media said Dec.24   Kim hailed NK 'supreme commander'  North Korea: New North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been hailed by state media as "supreme commander" of the country's powerful armed forces Jan.11   Gates: N. Korea may pose 'direct threat'
  Beijing: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates during a visit to China said that North Korea is becoming a direct threat to the United States

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Dec.13 South Korea's army chief resigns  The head of South Korea's army, Gen Hwang Eui-don had faced criticism over capital gains he made through a property deal Nov.25 S Korea names new defence chief
  South Korea: South Korea has named Lee Hee-Won, a presidential security aide, as defence minister in the wake of a North Korean assault South Korean defense minister resigns
  Kim Tae-young resigned Thursday, according to the South Korean presidency, two days after North Korea shelling left four South Koreans dead
Jul.20   Clinton and Gates visit Korea DMZ   South Korea: The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and Defence Secretary Robert Gates have visited the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South

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Apr.26   Kim's son joins N. Korea military board  North Korea: Kim Jong-il tapped his son Kim Jong-un to join the National Defense Commission, a move analysts say makes the latter the heir apparent


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1. 2017-02-02 Mattis warns North Korea of 'overwhelming' response to nuclear use South Korea
2. 2017-02-01 US defence chief Mattis visiting South Korea and Japan South Korea
2015-05-12 North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol 'executed' North Korea
E. 2013-10-09 North Korea replaces hard-line military chief North Korea
F. 2013-05-12 North Korea replaces hardline defense chief North Korea
G. 2012-07-17 North Korea's Kim named marshal North Korea
H. 2012-07-16 North Korea names new army chief North Korea
I. 2012-07-15 North Korea military head removed North Korea


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