US warns North Korea against 'provocative acts' following execution
SEOUL (AFP) - The United States has warned North Korea against any "provocative acts" following the shock execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, as the reclusive state campaigned to rally support behind the young supremo.
Washington also sought to step up talks with its Asian allies, voicing concern over regional stability after Jang Song Thaek - seen as Mr Kim's political regent and the country's unofficial No. 2 - was executed on Thursday following a special military trial.
"Certainly, it's something we're concerned about, and we would urge the North Koreans not to take provocative acts, not to do so going forward, because it's not in the interest of regional stability," US State Department spokesman Marie Harf said on Friday.
The comments came after South Korea's defence chief Kim Kwan Jin pledged to increase military vigilance against any potential provocations, saying the stunning purge indicated Kim Jong Un's firm resolve to tighten his grip on power.