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Mattis criticizes NKorea ahead of talks with Japan, SKorea

  • A mock North Korea's Scud-B missile, center left, and South Korean missiles are displayed at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. In his first public remarks abroad as U.S. defense secretary, Jim Mattis is criticizing North Korea for provocative acts that require new consultations with Japan and South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    A mock North Korea's Scud-B missile, center left, and South Korean missiles are displayed at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. In his first public remarks abroad as U.S. defense secretary, Jim Mattis is criticizing North Korea for provocative acts that require new consultations with Japan and South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks with South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, right, during their meeting at the Government Complex in Seoul, South Korea. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.  In his first public remarks abroad as U.S. defense secretary, Mattis is criticizing North Korea for provocative acts that require new consultations with Japan and South Korea. (Song Kyung-seol/Pool Photo via AP)

    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks with South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, right, during their meeting at the Government Complex in Seoul, South Korea. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. In his first public remarks abroad as U.S. defense secretary, Mattis is criticizing North Korea for provocative acts that require new consultations with Japan and South Korea. (Song Kyung-seol/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during their meeting at the Government Complex in Seoul, South Korea. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.  In his first public remarks abroad as U.S. defense secretary, Mattis is criticizing North Korea for provocative acts that require new consultations with Japan and South Korea. (Song Kyung-seol/Pool Photo via AP)

    South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during their meeting at the Government Complex in Seoul, South Korea. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. In his first public remarks abroad as U.S. defense secretary, Mattis is criticizing North Korea for provocative acts that require new consultations with Japan and South Korea. (Song Kyung-seol/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

In his first public remarks abroad as U.S. defense secretary, Jim Mattis is criticizing North Korea for provocative acts that require new consultations with Japan and South Korea.

Mattis spoke to reporters aboard his military plane Thursday en route to Seoul from Washington.

Mattis says he needs to speak with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts during this trip about what new defensive steps might be needed to deal with North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

The new Pentagon chief says his Seoul meetings will include discussion of deploying the U.S. missile defense system known as THAAD.