The US war in Afghanistan will end by late 2014, President Barack Obama vowed, saying that another 34,000 American troops will come home over the next year, AFB reports.
"This drawdown will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over," Obama said in his annual State of the Union address.
Obama also vowed to take "firm action" alongside US allies against the "provocations" of North Korea after the communist state carried out its third nuclear test.
"The regime in North Korea must know that they will only achieve security and prosperity by meeting their international obligations," Obama told Congress.
Obama told Iranian leaders it was time they ended a standoff over the country's nuclear program, just two weeks before fresh talks with world powers.
"The leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations."