U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has vowed that the United States will not retreat from the world stage due to budget constraints or the complexity of global challenges.
Kerry said he was committed to working for peace but would not shy away from defending the United States, its values, or ideals if they come under threat from extremism, terrorism, or evil.
Kerry was speaking on February 6 after being ceremonially sworn into office by Vice President Joe Biden.
The ceremony was entirely symbolic, because Kerry had already taken the oath in private on February 1 and begun his new job this week.
Based on reporting by AP and AFP