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Worried US warns North Korea, boosts troops to South

Published on Jan 8, 2014 6:20 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said on Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014, it would send another 800 troops to South Korea as the allies warned North Korea against any provocation, amid deepening worries over the regime's stability.

Amid concern after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed his uncle, Secretary of State John Kerry met in Washington with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se and said there was "not a sliver of daylight" between the two countries.

"We will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state," Mr Kerry said at a joint press appearance with Mr Yun, rejecting a top demand of the communist dynasty.

"We remain fully committed to the defence of the Republic of Korea, including through extended deterrence and putting the full range of US military capabilities in place," Mr Kerry said, referring to the South by its formal name.

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