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WASHINGTON (AP) Secretary of State John Kerry is vowing that the Obama administration will spare no expense or effort to protect U.S. diplomats serving overseas.

Speaking to State Department trainees on Monday, Kerry said he was fully committed to implementing and expanding on the recommendations of an independent review board that investigated the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. He said the risks to American officials abroad are not new and noted that most of the 244 diplomats who have been honored for having been killed in the line of duty died long before Benghazi.

Kerry said the risks can never be eliminated, but they can and will be mitigated because America's national security interests demand diplomatic outreach even in the most dangerous places.