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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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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Notice

On May 31, 2019, the Department of State updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to request additional information, including social media identifiers, from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide. Applicants should complete the application fully and honestly to avoid any delays in processing. For additional details, please see the “ About Visas C The Basics” FAQ page on our website.
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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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Director Carroll Statement on China’s Class Scheduling of Fentanyl

Director Carroll Statement on China’s Class Scheduling of Fentanyl Washington, D.C. – Today, Director of National Drug Control Policy James Carroll released the following statement regarding China’s announcement that it is following through on its pledge to add fentanyl to the country’s list of controlled substances, effective May 1. “Each year, tens of thousands of ...
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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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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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Speeches: Remarks at the National Association of Attorney’s General Winter Meeting

Remarks Kirsten D. Madison Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Washington, DC March 6, 2019 We are all painfully aware of the devastating impact of the opioids crisis in our country. To put it into perspective: at the peak of the ‘70s heroin crisis and the late ‘80s/early ‘90s crack cocaine crisis, ...
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Economic, Energy, Agricultural and Trade Issues: Remarks for International Women’s Day 2019

Remarks Manisha Singh Acting Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Washington, DC March 7, 2019 As we gather to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, I am honored to be here with so many business leaders and champions of women’s economic empowerment. In line with this year’s ...
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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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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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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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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

Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 24, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: [we] built out a coalition, an enormous global coalition we built out through the United Nations, to put that pressure in place to allow us to begin to have what have been real negotiations over the past now six or seven ...
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Excerpt: Secretary of State Pompeo Interview With Fox Business Network

INTERVIEW Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Maria Bartiromo of Mornings with Maria on Fox Business Network   New York, New York February 21, 2019 QUESTION:  Joining me right now is the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo.  Mr. Secretary, it’s great to have you on the program. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Maria, it’s great to ...
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Achieving Transformational Peace for the United States, Korean Peninsula, and the World

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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Excerpt: Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 2019 Munich Security Conference

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 2019 Munich Security Conference | Munich, Germany So while we’re standing with our allies, strengthening NATO, and standing up to aggression, President Trump’s leadership is also bringing about historic change in the Indo-Pacific.  The United States seeks an Indo-Pacific where independent nations boldly pursue their own interests, respecting ...
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Pompeo and Foreign Minister of Poland: A new solidarity

(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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Statement from the Press Secretary: Delegation to China

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the members of an official United States delegation to China to discuss the trade relationship between the two countries. United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin travel to Beijing for principal-level meetings that will take place from February 14 through February 15, 2019. These ...
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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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Sentencing of Wang Quanzhang

 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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Press Releases: Ensuring Venezuela’s Constitutional Order and Safety of Elected Officials

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC January 12, 2019 We stand with the Venezuelan people, and we praise the fierce commitment to democratic principles of the elected members of the Venezuelan National Assembly. We commend the courage of the National Assembly’s leadership, particularly its president, Juan Guaido, and his decision to invoke the authorities ...
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Press Releases: Appeal Hearing of Reuters Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Burma

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC January 11, 2019 The United States is deeply disappointed that the Yangon High Court upheld the convictions of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo today. A free and independent press should be protected in any democracy. Today’s ruling casts doubt not only on freedom of expression ...
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