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Obama following tense situation in South Sudan
Obama says efforts to seize power by force in South Sudan will mean cutoff of US support
By JOSH LEDERMAN
Associated Press
2013-12-22 06:01 AM

HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama says any effort in South Sudan to seize power through military force will lead the U.S. and others to cut off support.

The White House says Obama, who's vacationing in Hawaii, spoke with his national security team Saturday about the situation in South Sudan.

Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, briefed the president by phone after leading a meeting with aides in Washington.

Earlier Saturday, gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate Americans in a remote region that's become a battleground between South Sudan's military and renegade troops.

The White House says four wounded U.S. troops are in stable condition.

The White House says Obama told advisers that the conflict can be peacefully resolved only through negotiations.

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