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South Korea PM says to boost cooperation with allies on North Korea nuclear threat

South Korean Prime Minister and the acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn releases a statement to the nation at the Goverment Complex in Seoul, South Korea, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will step up cooperation with allies to respond to North Korea’s nuclear threat, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Friday in his first speech after parliament impeached President Park Geun-hye.

South Korea faced grave risks from both within and externally and could not afford to have a vacuum in government, Hwang said in a televised address. He vowed to make his best efforts to manage the country.

Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Robert Birsel