Press Statement on North Korean Talks

Office of the Spokesperson, October 5, 2019 Press Statement on North Korean Talks The early comments from the DPRK delegation do not reflect the content or the spirit of today’s 8 1/2 hour discussion. The U.S. brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its DPRK counterparts. In the course of the discussions, the U.S. …

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Ambassador’s Welcome Remarks for 40th Anniversary Reception and Photo Exhibit

Ambassador’s Welcome Remarks for 40th Anniversary Reception and Photo Exhibit 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2019 (Atrium) Good evening, everyone! Thank you for joining us tonight. We are here to recognize the importance of people-to-people exchanges over the past 40 years of U.S.-China diplomatic relations. Since my early days as governor, I have always believed …

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Remarks by President Trump to the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 24, 2019 10:12 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, distinguished delegates, ambassadors, and world leaders: Seven decades of history have passed through this hall, in all of their richness and drama.  Where I stand, the world has heard from presidents and …

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Joint Statement on Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace

Information technology is transforming modern life, driving innovation and productivity, facilitating the sharing of ideas, of cultures, and promoting free expression. Its benefits have brought the global community closer together than ever before in history.  Even as we recognize the myriad benefits that cyberspace has brought to our citizens and strive to ensure that humanity …

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Advancing Religious Freedom Around the World

ADVANCING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD: President Donald J. Trump is putting religious freedom on center stage at the United Nations. President Trump is hosting the Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom event, calling on the international community and business leaders to work to protect religious freedom. The President is calling on all nations to …

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Special Representative Biegun Remarks at the University of Michigan

Remarks by Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun at the University of Michigan’s Weiser Diplomacy Center STEPHEN BIEGUN, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NORTH KOREA THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN GERALD R. FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 In June of 2018, the decision of President Trump to meet at a summit in Singapore with Chairman Kim Jung Un of North …

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Sanctioning of Vast IRGC-QF Petroleum Shipping Network

Today, the United States designated 16 entities and 10 individuals and identified 11 vessels that are part of a large shipping network enabling the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, to sell illicit oil for the benefit of the brutal Assad regime, Hizballah, and other terrorist actors.

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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Venezuelan Regional Crisis

PRESS STATEMENT, MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Venezuelan Regional Crisis Deputy Secretary John Sullivan and United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green announced September 4 in Cúcuta, Colombia more than $120 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to address the largest external …

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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo Participates in Media Interviews in Indiana

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. August 27, 2019 [Excerpts of interviews conducted August 27, 2019] Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Rafael Sanchez of ABC WRTV *             *             *             * SECRETARY POMPEO:  So any time there’s difficulty, anybody – any time there’s a job loss or someone’s got a …

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Women’s Equality Day, 2019

Women’s Equality Day, 2019 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation On Women’s Equality Day, we commemorate the 99th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment as part of the United States Constitution, which secured for women the right to vote.  This historic event was the culmination of the decades-long …

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USTR Statement on Section 301 Tariff Action Regarding China

Washington, DC – Today, China announced it will impose unjustified tariffs targeting U.S. products.  In response to China’s decision, and in order to achieve the objectives of the China Section 301 investigation, President Trump has instructed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to increase by 5% the tariffs on approximately $550 billion worth of Chinese …

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International Commitment to Protect Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Today we mark the first International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. This day serves as a reminder of the need to promote and protect the unalienable right of religious freedom, and the consequences when countries fail to do so. Promoting freedom of religion or belief is a …

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Pacific Islands Forum – U.S. Engagement in the Pacific Islands

The United States has long been committed to Pacific friends and neighbors in promoting a peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific region.  The United States is committed to the Pacific Islands’ future security and prosperity. On the occasion of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum, the United States is increasing contributions to the partnerships with the Pacific Islands …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on the U.S. in Asia: Economic Engagement for Good

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SIAM SOCIETY BANGKOK, THAILAND AUGUST 2, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  Peter, thank you for the kind introduction.  I also want to thank the Siam Society and your president for hosting me.  I know too we have many prominent businesspeople here in the room with us today. I …

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USTR Announces Next Steps on Proposed 10 Percent Tariff on Imports from China

Washington, DC – The United States Trade Representative (USTR) today announced the next steps in the process of imposing an additional tariff of 10 percent on approximately $300 billion of Chinese imports. On May 17, 2019, USTR published a list of products imported from China that would be potentially subject to an additional 10 percent …

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Treasury Designates China as a Currency Manipulator

Washington – The Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to analyze the exchange rate policies of other countries. Under Section 3004 of the Act, the Secretary must “consider whether countries manipulate the rate of exchange between their currency and the United States dollar for purposes of preventing effective balance …

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Assistant Secretary Royce Remarks at the EdUSA Forum

Assistant Secretary Royce Remarks at the EdUSA Forum July 30, 2019 Marie Royce Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs EducationUSA Forum, Washington, DC Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Remarks as prepared The United States Welcomes Chinese Students   International students are welcome in the United States. We want future students and …

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2018 Report on International Religious Freedom: China

2018 Report on International Religious Freedom: China (Includes Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Macau) JUNE 21, 2019 Reports on Hong Kong, Macau, and Tibet are appended at the end of this report.  Given the scope and severity of reported religious freedom violations specific to Xinjiang this year, a separate section on the region is also …

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The U.S. To Impose Sanctions on Chinese Firm for Purchasing Oil From Iran

The United States To Impose Sanctions on Chinese Firm Zhuhai Zhenrong Company Limited for Purchasing Oil From Iran PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 22, 2019 Today, the United States is taking further action as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime by imposing sanctions on the Chinese …

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Chinese Coercion on Oil and Gas Activity in the South China Sea

Chinese Coercion on Oil and Gas Activity in the South China Sea PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 20, 2019 The United States is concerned by reports of China’s interference with oil and gas activities in the South China Sea (SCS), including Vietnam’s long-standing exploration and production activities.  China’s repeated provocative actions aimed at …

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Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2019

Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2019 July 20, 2019 On Space Exploration Day, we marvel at our country’s accomplishments in space, commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, and pledge to launch a new era of discovery and exploration of our universe. For more than a half century, the United States has …

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Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, 16-18 July 2019

Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, 16-18 July 2019 Secretary Pompeo will host the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington on July 16-18. The Ministerial will reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom for all and focus on concrete outcomes that produce durable, positive change. A broad range of stakeholders, including senior government representatives, …

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America’s Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom

America’s Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom By U.S. Ambassador to China, Terry Branstad Every year on the fourth of July, families around the United States gather to celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the United States of America’s birthday.  This year America turns 243 years old. Independence Day is also a time for us to remember …

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Excerpts: Remarks by President Trump in G20 Press Conference

So, with that, I just want to say that these meetings have been great.  The one that I guess most people are interested in is China.  We had a great meeting.  President Xi.  And we’ve known each for as long as I’m President.  And many of you were at the event in China a year …

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Condemning Vice Governor of Xinjiang’s Human Rights Council Address

U.S. MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN GENEVA STATEMENT For Immediate Release June 25, 2019 Condemning Vice Governor of Xinjiang’s Human Rights Council Address On Tuesday, June 25, the Vice Governor of China’s Xinjiang Province Aierken Tuniyazi addressed the UN Human Rights Council and attempted to justify the Chinese government’s widespread …

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Excerpts: Special Briefing by Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback

PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 21, 2019 The fight against religious freedom is mounting. There was a report that 80 percent of people live in places where religious freedom is under attack, yet most of the world organizes their life around a set of religious beliefs. They must be free to do so. The …

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Statement on the Imposition of Financial Countermeasures on Iran

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 21, 2019 Today, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) responded to Iran’s willful failure to address its systemic money laundering and terrorist financing deficiencies by requiring increased supervision of Iran-based financial institutions. The Islamic Republic of Iran regularly seeks to use deception and subterfuge to fund …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

AMBASSADOR RICHMOND: Good morning and welcome to the Department of State. My name’s John Richmond, and I am delighted that you all are here for the rollout of this year’s  Trafficking in Persons Report  and to honor these eight TIP heroes. Let me give you a quick word about this morning’s program. Secretary Pompeo will begin by giving the …

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan spoke by phone today with United Nations Secretary-General Guterres

Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan spoke by phone today with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to convey deep concerns regarding Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov’s planned travel to Xinjiang, China. The Deputy Secretary expressed that such a visit is highly inappropriate in view of the unprecedented repression campaign underway in Xinjiang …

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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo, Remarks to Press, Washington, DC, June 13, 2019

It is the assessment of the United States Government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today. This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact …

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Opening Remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Before the Senate Caucus

SECRETARY POMPEO: Great. Thank you. Thank you, Senator Cornyn. Thank you, Senator Feinstein. Thanks for the opportunity to be here. I’m really happy to be here. This is an important issue. When you think of the State Department, it is not the first thing that comes to top of one’s mind often, but know that inside …

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On the 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 3, 2019 WASHINGTON, DC On June 4, we honor the heroic protest movement of the Chinese people that ended on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese Communist Party leadership sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to violently repress peaceful demonstrations calling for democracy, human rights, and an end to rampant corruption. The hundreds …

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Readout of Acting Secretary Shanahan Meeting With Southeast Asian Counterparts

Secretary of Defense Spokesperson LTC Dave Eastburn provided the following readout: Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan met today with ministers and heads of delegation from across Southeast Asia on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore to discuss the United States’ vision and strategy for the Indo-Pacific region and to listen to …

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Excerpts: Remarks by Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada

Remarks by Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada in Joint Press Statements | Ottawa, Canada   Q    And my follow-up question for both of you is on the Canadians detained in China.  Mr. Vice President, can you tell us exactly what the United States is doing to help — assist in securing …

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Excerpts: Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan in Joint Press Conference

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Prime Minister Abe, the First Lady and I are profoundly honored to return to this very beautiful nation as Japan’s first state guests following the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor.  On behalf of the United States, we want to thank the Imperial Family for this gracious invitation and warm welcome.  It was …

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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo Interview with CNBC Squawk Box

  INTERVIEW May 23, 2019 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Andrew Ross Sorkin of CNBC Squawk Box May 23, 2019 New York, New York … SECRETARY POMPEO: There is real risk, and you saw what President Trump has undertaken with respect to China. For too long – this …

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China’s attack on Uighurs isn’t counterterrorism. It’s ugly repression.

ByNathan Salesand Sam Brownback May 22 at 7:48 PM Nathan Sales is the ambassador at large for counterterrorism and Sam Brownback is the ambassador at large for international religious freedom at the State Department. The Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang province is drawing condemnation from civilized nations and civil society because of its …

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Excerpts: Assistant Secretary Breier’s Remarks at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit

Remarks on “A New Era in the Americas” at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier: I believe China is the big strategic question for the hemisphere. The U.S. Administration has taken a closer look at China’s engagement in the Americas given significant U.S. interest. China is and will remain a significant trade …

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Looking North: Sharpening America’s Arctic Focus

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Rovaniemi, Finland May 6, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Ambassador. I know you’re enjoying your time here tremendously, and you are doing an outstanding job. It’s great to look out here and see so many friends, too. Who’d have thought I could come this far north and know this …

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Presidential Message on Ramadan 2019

Presidential Message on Ramadan, 2019 I send my warmest greetings to all Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan commemorates when the sacred Quran was revealed to Muhammad.  At the spotting of the crescent moon, Muslim families and communities will honor this revelation by beginning a month of inward reflection, spiritual renewal, and prayer. …

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World Press Freedom Day

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2019 On World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting safety and freedom for members of the press. A free and independent media is indispensable to a vibrant, functioning democracy. Despite some progress, journalists around the world continue to be persecuted, targeted with …

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Press Releases: On the Occasion of Ramadan

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 5, 2019 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend best wishes to Muslim communities at home and abroad for a blessed Ramadan. For many Muslims, this month is an occasion to focus on spiritual rejuvenation, kindness and resilience, compassion for those …

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Let’s “Reach for Gold” Together

Let’s “Reach for Gold” Together The drive to test limits, the thrill of competition, and the awe of watching ordinary people achieving extraordinary feats have fueled our fascination with sports for thousands of years.  Just this month, 19-year-old Chinese basketball prodigy Han Xu made headlines as the youngest player selected in this year’s U.S. Women’s …

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Press Freedom Day: The Power to Illuminate

Author Ambassador Branstad Images and words in the news capture our attention and shape our understanding of the world.  The photo of a scientist engaged in groundbreaking research.  The sharply-worded headline explaining a breaking news story.  The moment two presidents meet and shake hands, beamed around the world for their citizens to witness.  Like sunlight, …

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Press Releases: Unconscionable Reports of Secret Executions of Minors in Iran

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 1, 2019 The Department of State is appalled by the Iranian regime’s secret execution of two 17-year old males, Mehdi Sohrabifar and Amin Sedaghat, in Adelabad prison in Shiraz, as reported by Amnesty International. According to this report, Iran has resumed its execution of minors, while …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Karim Masimov

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with Kazakhstani Presidential Special Envoy and National Security Committee Chairman Karim Masimov.  The two discussed Kazakhstan’s historic presidential transition and upcoming election in June, as well as bilateral cooperation on counterterrorism.  The Secretary welcomed Kazakhstan’s support for …

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Press Releases: Hong Kong: 2014 Occupy Movement Cases and Fugitive Ordinance Law

The United States is disappointed by the decision of the Hong Kong Government to prosecute and convict several Hong Kong residents for organizing peaceful protests during the Occupy Central movement in 2014. We are concerned that this decision will limit or discourage the people of Hong Kong from exercising the basic freedoms guaranteed them under …

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Administration’s Trade Talks with China

Office of the Press Secretary April 23,2019 Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Administration’s Trade Talks with China At President Donald J. Trump’s direction, United States Trade Representative Robert Lightizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will travel to Beijing for continued negotiations on the trade relationship between the United States and China. …

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Secretary’s Remarks: Decision on Imports of Iranian Oil

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 22, 2019 Today we are announcing the United States will not issue any additional Significant Reduction Exceptions to existing importers of Iranian oil. The Trump Administration has taken Iran’s oil exports to historic lows, and we are dramatically accelerating our pressure campaign in a …

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Secretary’s Remarks: Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 21, 2019 The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning. Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we …

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Press Releases: Remarks on U.S. Latin American Policy (Excerpts)

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Casa Piedra Vitacura, Chile April 12, 2019 … The Trump administration believes that our two nations and the rest of the Americas have an incredible opportunity, the chance truly to cement a future of democracy, prosperity for all of the people of all of this hemisphere. It’s not …

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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Republic of Korea President Moon

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 11, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton met with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in today in Washington. The U.S. and ROK sides affirmed their commitment to achieving the final, fully …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen 04/08/2019 02:51 PM EDT Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 8, 2019 ________________________________________ The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen. They discussed our increasing economic, …

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Excerpts: Secretary’s Remarks: Interview With Norah O’Donnell of CBS This Morning

04/05/2019 10:22 AM EDT Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State New York City April 5, 2019 … QUESTION: How are we fighting back against that Chinese threat? Because you’ve described it as a threat to our democracy from the Chinese. SECRETARY POMPEO: It very much is. They very much want to undermine our Western …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. April 4, 2019 READOUT Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in Washington, D.C.  The Secretary and the Foreign Minister …

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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo With Maria Bartiromo of Mornings With Maria on Fox Business Network

INTERVIEW Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Maria Bartiromo of Mornings With Maria on Fox Business Network April 5, 2019 New York, New York *             *             *             * QUESTION:  Thank you so much for joining us.  The IP theft issue is something we’ve spoken about before.  How do you change something that’s really engrained …

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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo at a Press Availability

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. April 4, 2019 REMARKS Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability Dean Acheson Auditorium SECRETARY POMPEO:  So good afternoon, everyone.  Seventy years ago today, 12 courageous nations came together to form an alliance that to this day remains the bedrock guarantor of …

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Excerpts: Remarks by President Trump and Vice Premier Liu He Before Bilateral Meeting

Oval Office 4:31 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to be with the Vice Premier of China, a highly respected man all over the world.  We’ve had tremendous discussions.  We’re getting very close to making a deal.  That doesn’t mean a deal is made, because it’s not, but we’re …

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Participation in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

For Immediate Release  READOUT April 6, 2019 Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Participation in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, joined by Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, concluded two days in Dinard, France, leading the U.S. delegation to the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.  …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Uighur Muslims Impacted by Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON March 27, 2019 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Uighur Muslims Impacted by Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Mihrigul Tursun, a Uighur Muslim who survived horrific conditions and abuse in a Chinese internment …

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U.S.Trade Representative Lighthizer and Secretary Mnuchin will travel to Beijing

Statement from the Press Secretary At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will travel to Beijing, China, for principal-level meetings starting on March 28, 2019, to continue negotiations aimed at improving the trade relationship between the United States and China.  The …

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Speeches: U.S. Africa Strategy Speech at Trade and Investment Luncheon (Excerpts)

Excerpts of Remarks John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Luanda, Angola March 20, 2019 As Ambassador Fite said, I would like to speak today about how the U.S. Africa strategy can unlock the many economic opportunities we’ll discuss at greater length throughout today’s luncheon. I look forward to highlighting the many ways we can …

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Excerpts: Keynote Address and Fireside Chat at the Road to GES Heartland Event

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. Excerpts of Remarks Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Sheraton Overland Park Hotel Overland Park, Kansas March 18, 2019 I know we have a delegation here from the Netherlands in the audience with us. It’s led by Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag.  …. [The United States …

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Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC March 13, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Since America’s founding, the concept of individual rights has been woven into the national fabric. As my friend and scholar Mary Ann Glendon has written, it has given weak members of our society, quote, “an instrument …

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Excerpts: Keynote Address at CERAWeek

.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. March 12, 2019 EXCERPTS OF REMARKS Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Keynote Address at CERAWeek Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel Houston, Texas SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, Dan.  Thank you all for joining me. *             *             *             * Our plentiful oil supplies allow us to help our …

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Excerpts:Ambassador Brownback’s Remarks on Religious Freedom

Samuel D. Brownback Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Foreign Correspondents Club Hong Kong, China March 8, 2019 Introduction I would like to begin by expressing my profound respect for the Chinese people. My youngest daughter is Chinese and now attends school at Baylor University. *** During this speech, I will express a number of …

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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 13, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The Secretary extended his condolences on the tragic loss of life of United Nations affiliated personnel on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. The Secretary …

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Press Releases: Interim President Juan Guaido’s Return to Venezuela

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC March 4, 2019 The United States applauds the people of Venezuela for their actions to create a peaceful democratic transition, and congratulates Interim President Juan Guaido on his successful diplomatic efforts in the region and safe return to Venezuela. The United States and freedom-loving nations …

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Excerpt: Remarks for Hearings on State Corruption and the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

Remarks Michael G. Kozak Senior Bureau Official, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor The Organization of American States Washington, DC March 1, 2019 Here in the Hall of the Americas, our objective is peace. And peace is our objective in Venezuela. But this past Saturday Nicolas Maduro ordered armed criminals to attack his own people …

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Secretary Pompeo Remarks to the Iowa Farm Bureau

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Des Moines, Iowa March 4, 2019 AMBASSADOR BRANSTAD: Good afternoon. It is my honor to be back in Iowa today to introduce Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. As U.S. ambassador, I have the great privilege of representing the American people in China. (Applause.) The …

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Excerpt: Remarks With Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr.

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Department of Foreign Affairs Manila, Philippines March 1, 2019 As an island nation, the Philippines depends on free and unobstructed access to the seas. China’s island-building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your sovereignty, security, and therefore economic livelihood, as well as that of the …

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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Yang Jiechi

Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 1, 2019 The following is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Member of the Political Bureau of the …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s Travel to Des Moines, Iowa

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson March 1, 2019  STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s Travel to Des Moines, Iowa Secretary Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Des Moines, Iowa March 3-4, 2019 to discuss how the American agriculture industry’s embrace of free enterprise and innovation helps …

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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks With Traveling Press

Chairman Kim reiterated on his trip he is fully prepared to denuclearize.  He recommitted that they will not conduct missile tests, that he will not conduct nuclear tests.  Those are good things.  Those remain as a pillar, as a foundation.   You heard the President say that he is committed still not to conduct the major …

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Excerpts of Remarks by President Trump in Press Conference

The White House Office of the Press Secretary February 28, 2019 EXCERPTS OF REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP IN PRESS CONFERENCE JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam 2:15 P.M. ICT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  I want to begin by thanking the Prime Minister and President of Vietnam.  We’re in Hanoi.  It’s an incredible …

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Hanoi Summit

February 28, 2019 “President Donald J. Trump of the United States and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had very good and constructive meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27-28, 2019. The two leaders discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts. No …

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Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un in a 1:1 Conversation

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CHAIRMAN KIM JONG UN OF THE STATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA IN A 1:1 CONVERSATION Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam February 27, 2019 6:33 P.M. ICT CHAIRMAN KIM:  (As interpreted.)  So it’s exactly 261 days since we met last time in Singapore, in June, …

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Remarks by President Trump at 2019 Governors’ Ball

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AT 2019 GOVERNORS’ BALL February 24, 2019 We’ll be leaving for Hanoi, Vietnam, and we’ll be meeting with Kim Jong Un.  It’s a very interesting thing to say, but I’ve developed a very, very good relationship.  We’ll see what that means. … I’m not pushing for speed, but we’re not removing …

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Press Release Secretary Pompeo’s Phone Call With Japanese Foreign Minister Kono  

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 22, 2019 Robert Palladino: ‎On February 21, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Japanese Foreign Minister Kono to discuss next steps on D.P.R.K. engagement. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kono reaffirmed their shared commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the D.P.R.K. and to maintaining our …

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Excerpt: Interview With Jake Tapper of CNN State of the Union

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As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula. A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY: President Donald J. Trump is committed to achieving a bright and secure future for all people on the Korean Peninsula and across the world. On February 27 and 28, 2019, President Donald J. Trump will …

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(CNN)Solidarity is once again popular in Poland — though not in the way you might think. The concept that gave a name to the anti-communist movement in the 1980s now characterizes the strong partnership between Poland and the United States. And solidarity is what we seek from all countries this week in Warsaw, as we …

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Remarks Stephen Biegun Special Representative for North Korea  Palo Alto, CA, United States January 31, 2019 MR BIEGUN: Good afternoon. Thank you, Dr. Shin, and thank you to Stanford University and to the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center for inviting me here today. I want to add particular thanks to a few representatives of the university community who …

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We hope you and your families have a happy new year and Happy Year of the Pig.

 Are you already back to you hometown or still on your way? In this video, Ambassador Branstad and Mrs. Branstad, along with a few of the embassy colleagues who were born in the Year of the Pig, made dumplings and wrote the character “Fu”. From the Ambassador and all of us at the Embassy, …

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 STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON January 29, 2019 Sentencing of Wang Quanzhang The United States is deeply concerned by the sentencing of human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang in Tianjin, China on January 28 to four-and-a-half years in prison on charges of “subverting state power.”  Wang was among the first individuals detained during the Chinese …

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Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Organization of American States Washington, DC January 24, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much. The United States is a friend of Venezuela and of the Venezuelan people. We have watched Venezuelans suffer for far too long. We know what they know, that the tyranny of the now defunct …

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As you all know, we face many new threats, some of them not so new. They range from North Korea’s nuclear program, to Iran’s foreign adventurism, to China’s state-centered economic model, its belligerence toward its neighbors, and its embraces of a totalitarian state at home. Radical Islamic terrorism remains a persistent threat that we will …

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It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018. President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation’s greatest virtues: an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to public service. Our country …

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Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 23, 2018 Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually. Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence. The Unites States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against …

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Pacific Explorer Marquee Theatre Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 12:25 P.M. PGT Thank you, Scott.  And thank you all for that warm welcome.  Prime Minister O’Neill, Chairman Taureka, representatives from across the region, leaders of the business community, and to all our distinguished guests, it’s my honor to join you here at the “premier economic …

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REMARKS Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi, And Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe At a Press Availability Ben Franklin Room Washington, D.C. November 9, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Secretary Mattis and I are pleased to welcome Director Yang …

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#What X means to me# – Combating the opioids epidemic

 #What X means to me# – combating the opioids epidemic. Do you know that more Americans died due to opioid overdoses than car crashes in 2016? In this video, Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee talks about how serious the opioids crisis in the U.S. and the importance of controlling fentanyl (a form of opiates that is …

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10/31/2018 12:38 PM EDT Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Via Teleconference October 31, 2018 QUESTION: Today is an important day in U.S.-Iranian relations. Tell us why. SECRETARY POMPEO: So we are now just a handful of days from all of the sanctions that the previous administration had relieved against Iran snapping back, coming …

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INTERVIEW Via Teleconference October 26, 2018 QUESTION:  Welcoming back now the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  Mr. Secretary, good morning to you. Mr. Secretary, in the past two weeks I’ve had on Vice President Pence and National Security Advisor John Bolton and now you.  They both indicated a clear turning in our strategic posture vis-a-vis …

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International Religious Freedom Day Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC October 26, 2018 Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act) into law. The IRF Act expanded U.S. foreign policy capabilities to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. It …

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Readout:Secretary of Defense Mattis’ bilateral engagement with Chinese Minister of National Defense

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-301-18 Oct. 23, 2018 Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ bilateral engagement with Chinese Minister of National Defense GEN Wei Fenghe at the 2018 ADMM-Plus Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Minister of National Defense GEN Wei Fenghe …

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Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC October 23, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. I want to start off by offering a somber commemoration. Thirty-five years ago today, a Hizballah terrorist, trained by the Iranian regime, drove a truck packed with explosives into the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, …

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A/S Mitchell: Thank you, Damon, for that warm introduction, and I’d like to thank Atlantic Council for having me here to speak today at a very important conference. I appreciate the work that Atlantic Council does, both here and in Europe, and I have to say the title of today’s event I think is very …

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10/19/2018 04:42 PM EDT Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Sheraton Hotel Mexico City, Mexico October 19, 2018 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, nice to see you, sir. SECRETARY POMPEO: Greta, it’s great to be with you. QUESTION: This is your second trip to Mexico, but why are you here now in Mexico? SECRETARY POMPEO: So …

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So America wants good things for the people of Panama and for the region, and so we want to make sure when there are countries that invest, China included, that they’re done in a way that is consistent with international law and they’re good for the Panamanian people. And we’ve seen times when that was …

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The White House statement on the Universal Postal Union (UPU)

Statement from the Press Secretary President Donald J. Trump received a report from the Department of State pursuant to the August 23, 2018, Presidential Memorandum on “Modernizing the Monetary Reimbursement Model for the Delivery of Goods Through the International Postal System and Enhancing the Security and Safety of International Mail.”  The report noted that sufficient …

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Speeches: Remarks on Navigating Challenges and Prospects in the Indian Ocean Region

Remarks Alice G. Wells Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Indian Ocean Conference Colombo, Sri Lanka October 11, 2018 Ambassador Wells: — I want to thank our hosts for this vitally important Track 1.5 dialogue. It’s a real pleasure to be here. I’d like to focus my remarks on two distinct …

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By Alex M. Azar and Scott Gottlieb October 11 at 8:05 AM Alex M. Azar is the secretary of health and human services. Scott Gottlieb is the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are deeply concerned about the risks that e-cigarettes pose for children, given how quickly …

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Bali – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement at the International Monetary Fund Conference: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to discuss global economic developments at the IMF and World Bank Annual meetings in Bali.  Global growth is stronger than it has been since the financial crisis, and our challenge …

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Remarks by Vice President Pence on the Administration’s Policy Toward China

October 4, 2018 The Hudson Institute Washington, D.C. 11:07 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Ken, for that kind introduction. To the Members of the Board of Trustees, to Dr. Michael Pillsbury, to our distinguished guests, and to all of you who, true to your mission in this place, “think about the future in …

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On the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

On the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Special Briefing John J. Sullivan,  Deputy Secretary of State Robert Palladino,  Deputy Spokesperson Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, N.Y. September 27, 2018 MR PALLADINO: Thank you all for coming. We are privileged today to have with us the Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, who will be speaking …

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On the Ministerial Meeting on Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace

Special Briefing John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Robert L. Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, NY September 28, 2018 MR PALLADINO: Thank you, again – all of you – for coming. Welcome today’s roundtable discussion. We are privileged …

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Remarks at a Meeting on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State With Members of the UN Security Council United Nations New York City September 27, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning. The 8,363rd meeting of the Security Council is called to order. The provisional agenda for this meeting is non-proliferation/Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea. The agenda is adopted. In accordance with Rule …

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Joint Statement on Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers of the US, Japan, and the EU

Joint Statement on Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers of the United States, Japan, and the European Union   Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, and Mrs. Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, met in New York on 25 September 2018. Statement …

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United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:38 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates: One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this grand hall. I addressed the threats facing our world, and I presented a vision to achieve a brighter future for …

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International Efforts To Implement UN Security Council Resolutions on DPRK’s Illicit Shipping Activities

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 22, 2018 The United States welcomes coordination on international efforts to implement UN Security Council Resolutions on North Korea’s illicit shipping activities, which prohibit ship-to-ship transfers of any goods or items to or from North Korean vessels of any goods or items going to or coming …

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Americans expect the United States to assert bold leadership on the world stage that reflects our values.  And under President Trump, we are certainly leading from the front. This was clear from just the first meeting this morning, in which we issued a call for Global Action for the World Drug Problem, the scourge of …

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United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 8:35 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for being here this morning. It is a great honor to address you on an issue that affects every nation across the globe: the world drug problem.  And a big problem it is. The scourge of drug addiction continues to …

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Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC September 20, 2018 I thought I’d take a few moments to give you a sense of the administration’s priorities for this year’s UNGA, and they fall within five overarching themes. First among the priorities is addressing the global threat posed by weapons of mass destruction. That includes …

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Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC September 17, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. The United States anticipates processing up to 310,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Fiscal Year 2019. We propose resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling, as well as processing more than 280,000 asylum seekers. They …

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USTR Finalizes Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Imports in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices

September 17, 2018 Washington, DC – As part of the United States’ continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that will be subject to additional tariffs.  …

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SECRETARY POMPEO: This is my first trip to India as Secretary of State, and it is an honor to travel here for such an important and successful event. Later today, Secretary Mattis and I will meet with Prime Minister Modi. We look forward to discussing how best to advance the U.S.-India relationship, one that is …

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Statement from the U.S. Mission to the UN on North Korea Sanctions Actions at the UN

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 3, 2018 Statement from the U.S. Mission to the UN on North Korea Sanctions Actions at the UN The U.S. Mission to the United Nations submitted a list of designation proposals today to the UN Security Council’s 1718 …

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Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Section 301 Action

Washington, DC – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today released the following statement regarding further action under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974: “On June 18, the President directed me to identify $200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional tariffs at a rate of 10 percent, in response to China’s decision to cause …

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Remarks on “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision”

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Indo-Pacific Business Forum U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC July 30, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s great to be with you. Thank you, Tom, for the kind introduction. Thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for having me here and hosting this important Indo-Pacific Business Forum as …

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Religious persecution in Iran, China must end now

Around the world, adherents from innumerable faith backgrounds suffer similar violations of their most fundamental human rights. Earlier this year, the State Department hosted six United States-based Uighur journalists with Radio Free Asia’s Uighur Service. Their reporting indicates that Chinese authorities are likely detaining, at least, hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in internment camps in Xinjiang.  …

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Remarks With Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State UN Headquarters New York City July 20, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. First I want to commend my good friend Ambassador Haley and her excellent team here at the United Nations. Her leadership in advancing American interest on North Korea and many other issues has been evident here …

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Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Section 301 Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            July 10, 2018 Contact: USTR Public & Media Affairs media@ustr.eop.gov Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Section 301 Action Washington, DC – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today released the following statement regarding action under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974: “On Friday, in response to unfair …

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Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC June 28, 2018 MS JOHNSTONE: Hello, and welcome to the Department of State. My name is Kari Johnstone and I’m the acting director for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank you all for joining us today to mark the release …

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As demand and deaths increase, US and China cooperate on opioid addiction treatment

Published June 26, 2018 at 6:09 PM Updated June 26, 2018 at 6:10 PM The U.S. and China are highlighting their efforts to fight the opioid epidemic together, as they mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. “Cooperation on combatting the flow of illicit opioids is one of the true bright spots …

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My first year as US Ambassador

By Terry Branstad Source:Global Times Published: 2018/6/27 23:23:40 It was one year ago today that I began my service as US Ambassador to China. It is also the week before which our nation celebrates its birth. In my first year as US Ambassador to China I have gained a greater appreciation of two things: the …

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U.S. Embassy’s Message Celebrating the LGBTI Pride Month

People around the world celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride this Month.  Here in China, American diplomats celebrate Pride Month with friends and colleagues, taking advantage of the chance to recognize the value society gains from each member of society. It is important that each member of our community—of all communities—feel free …

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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Ambassador Terry Branstad June 26 marks International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, one of the most pressing public health challenges facing the world today is drug use, production and trafficking. And next month will be the 233rd birthday of Commissioner Lin Zexu, who spearheaded Qing Dynasty’s campaign to suppress opium. Fortunately, this is …

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Remarks at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center Oxon Hill, Maryland June 22, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. I’m not going to do all 31 flavors for you as they’re not in my prepared remarks. Frankly, I learned a lot actually from that job working scooping ice cream, things …

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Remarks on America’s Economic Revival

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Detroit Economic Club Detroit, Michigan June 18, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thanks, Gerry, and thanks to the Detroit Economic Club for hosting me. It’s great to be with you. The whole Twitter thing up there makes me really nervous. (Laughter.) And to be – to have my name mentioned …

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Statement from the President Regarding Trade with China

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 18, 2018 Statement from the President Regarding Trade with China On Friday, I announced plans for tariffs on $50 billion worth of imports from China.  These tariffs are being imposed to encourage China to change the unfair practices identified in the Section 301 …

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Statement by the President Regarding Trade with China

  FOREIGN POLICY Issued on: June 15, 2018 My great friendship with President Xi of China and our country’s relationship with China are both very important to me.  Trade between our nations, however, has been very unfair, for a very long time.  This situation is no longer sustainable.  China has, for example, long been engaging in several unfair …

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Statement by Secretary of State Pompeo on the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 14, 2018 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend my best wishes to our Muslim friends and partners celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, charity, compassion, and reflection. Eid al-Fitr reminds all of us …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings with Chinese Officials

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT June 14, 2018 Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings with Chinese Officials including President Xi Jinping, Politburo Member Yang Jiechi, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On his first trip to China as U.S. Secretary of State, …

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese President Xi Jinping Opening Remarks

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release REMARKS June 14, 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo And Chinese President Xi Jinping Opening Remarks June 14, 2018 Beijing, China PRESIDENT XI:  (Via interpreter.)  Secretary Pompeo, it is, indeed, with great pleasure that I welcome you to China on this trip.  I understand that …

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo And Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi June 14, 2018 Beijing, China STATE COUNCILOR YANG:  (Via interpreter)  Welcome to China.  It will be a great pleasure to meet you.  We spoke on the phone on 5th of May, and I was greatly impressed by the constructive approach to the China-U.S. relationship. …

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release REMARKS June 14, 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo And Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi At a Press Availability June 14, 2018 Beijing, China MODERATOR:  (Inaudible.)  We welcome you to (inaudible) press conference, (inaudible). STATE COUNCILOR WANG:  (In Chinese.) MODERATOR:  (In Chinese.) …

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Remarks by Secretary Pompeo and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Before their Meeting

June 14, 2018 STATE COUNCILOR WANG:  (In Chinese.) SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you.  Thank you for being such a gracious host.  It is wonderful to see you again after your visit to Washington where we had a chance to spend some time together.  I’m thrilled to be here for my first time as Secretary of State.  …

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