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US, SKorea warn NKorea against aggression

Feb 13th, 2014 - International News

— Secretary of State John Kerry and his South Korean counterpart are warning North Korea against any possible aggression amid mixed signals from the North over returning to denuclearization talks and strains between South Korea and Japan that threaten coordination on the issue.

Kerry and Korea's foreign minister (Yun Byung-sen) are dismissing demands from the North to halt an upcoming joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise. They say the exercise could not be used as an excuse by North Korea to stay away from talks or to delay attempts to improve relations between the North and South.

Kerry says the United States is firmly committed to South Korea's defense. He says it is vitally important for Japan and South Korea to overcome historical animosities to present a united front.

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