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Kerry vows to work for peace, stand up to evil

Published on Feb 7, 2013 7:21 AM
US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks after being sworn in by US Vice-President Joe Biden during a ceremonial event Feb 6, 2013 at US State Department in Washington, DC. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - John Kerry was publicly sworn in as secretary of state Wednesday, vowing to work for peace but pledging to do what is needed to stand up to "extremism, terrorism, chaos and evil."

"I am proud to take on this job because I want to work for peace and because the values and ideals of our nation are really what represents the best of the possibilities of life here on earth," Mr Kerry told the audience.

But he warned that "while my preference is for peaceful resolution to conflict, my journey has also taught me that when remedies are exhausted, we must be prepared to defend our cause and do what is necessary to stand up to extremism, terrorism, chaos and evil."

Mr Kerry was first sworn in as secretary of state at a small, private ceremony on Capitol Hill on Friday, less than two hours after Hillary Clinton stepped down from the job.

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