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Killing Won't Alter Plans for Iraq, Seoul Says

South Korea condemned the beheading of a Korean hostage in Iraq as an “inhuman act of terror,” and vowed Wednesday to go ahead with sending 3,000 more troops to Iraq this summer. But officials also braced for planned street protests on Wednesday against the increasingly unpopular troop deployment. “Our government’s basic spirit and position has not changed,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Shin Bong Kil, told reporters on Wednesday morning. “We confirm that again, because our troop deployment is for reconstruction and humanitarian aid support for Iraq.” Shock rolled through the nation on Wednesday as millions of South Koreans started their day watching a televised video of the hostage, Kim Sun Il, a 33-year-old interpreter and evangelical Christian, kneeling passively before his masked Muslim captors.Full Story

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