Training Event Postponed to Encourage North Korea to Return to Negotiations

U.S. Department of Defense November 17, 2019 The U.S. and South Korea are postponing a combined flying training event that was scheduled to start tomorrow in South Korea, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday. “The reason we’re doing that is to give the North Koreans an opportunity to reconsider some of ... Read More»

Senior State Department Official On East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Special Briefing Office of the Spokesperson Press Correspondents Room Washington, D.C. November 15, 2019 […] In Korea, in Seoul, I enjoyed productive discussions with senior ROK leaders. In all of these meetings, I reaffirmed the alliance with the Republic of Korea. It continues to be the lynchpin of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific. As ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy hosts U.S. College Fair for Visual and Performing Arts

EducationUSA, U.S. Embassy Seoul’s official international student advising center, will host a “U.S. College Fair for Visual and Performing Arts” on November 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Grand InterContinental Hotel Parnas in Seoul. The fair will provide students an opportunity to speak directly with representatives of 17 U.S. colleges and universities, ... Read More»

RECRUITMENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Nominations for FY20 Global Undergraduate Program (UGRAD)

RECRUITMENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Nominations for Academic Year 2020-2021 Global Undergraduate Program (UGRAD) U.S. Embassy Seoul U.S. Embassy Seoul is pleased to announce the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. We encourage qualified students to apply for this unique opportunity to study in the United States. What is the Global ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Meets Students from Gyeongnam Foreign Language High School

On November 12, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht shared his life and experiences as a diplomat representing U.S. Missions in several overseas countries to 50 students from Gyeongnam Foreign Language High School and gave them a tour of the U.S. Consulate in Busan. Students showed a great interest in a wide-ranging role of U.S. Consulate in ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Daniel C. Gedacht Represents U.S. Mission Korea at ‘Turn Toward Busan’

On November 11, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht paid tribute to fallen Korean War heroes at the ‘Turn Toward Busan’ Festival, at the only UN Memorial Cemetery in the world.  The more than 1,000 in attendance included Korean War veterans, families of fallen soldiers, and diplomats from 22 countries that sent either combat forces or medical ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Discusses Development with Handong Global University Students

On November 8, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht led a discussion on international development with International Relations students at Handong Global University in Pohang. Sharing views and perspectives on the importance of education and security for supporting a democratic society, students showed a great interest in the U.S. Consulate Busan’s programs and activities to strengthen relations ... Read More»

Secretary Esper Travels to South Korea, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam

November 7, 2019 Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper embarks Wednesday, Nov. 13, to visit South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. In South Korea, Secretary Esper will attend the 51st U.S. – ROK Security Consultative Meeting where he will meet with his counterpart and other senior South Korean officials to discuss the Alliance ... Read More»

(Photo) Under Secretary Krach, Assistant Secretary Stilwell and Ambassador Harris Meet with Foreign Minister Kang

November 6, 2019 – Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy Security, and the Environment Keith Krach, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell, and U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where they had a productive discussion on issues related to the U.S.-ROK Alliance with Foreign Minister ... Read More»

(Photo) CDA Rob Rapson Congratulates HP Printing Korea on Their New Pangyo Office

November 5, 2019 – Chargé d’Affaires Rob Rapson participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony where he praised HP’s pledge of environmental sustainability, dedication to STEM education and talent development. Senior HP Printing executives from Palo Alto, Vice Governor of Gyeonggi Lee Hwa-soon, Seongnam Mayor Eun Soo-mi also attended the ceremony. Read More»

The United States and ASEAN: Expanding the Enduring Partnership

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 3, 2019 U.S. engagement with the ten member states of ASEAN has never been stronger.  The United States welcomed ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific Outlook, and its close complementarity with America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, as well as the regional approaches of our allies and partners.  The United States aims to uphold sovereignty, transparency, ... Read More»

2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum Showcases High-Standard U.S. Investment

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 3, 2019 Over 1,000 business and government leaders from the United States and across the Indo-Pacific region gathered on November 4 in Bangkok for the Indo-Pacific Business Forum to promote the value of high-standard investment, transparency, rule of law, and private-sector-led economic development. The nearly 200 U.S. business ... Read More»

Under Secretary Keith Krach Visits Seoul

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 4, 2019 Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy Security, and the Environment Keith Krach travels to Seoul, the Republic of Korea (ROK), November 5-7. On November 5, Under Secretary Krach arrives in Seoul. On November 6-7, he will lead the U.S. delegation to both the fourth ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Stilwell’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Deputy Foreign Minister Yoon Soon-gu

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 2, 2019 On November 2, Assistant Secretary Stilwell met with Republic of Korea Deputy Foreign Minister Yoon Soon-gu on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit. They pledged to maintain close coordination to ensure the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and reaffirmed ... Read More»

U.S. & ROK Issue a Joint Factsheet on their Regional Cooperation Efforts

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson November 2, 2019 The text of the following fact sheet was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea following bilateral consultations on the margins of the East Asia Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. Begin Text: Fact Sheet The Republic of Korea and ... Read More»

Speech on “The U.S.-ROK Alliance” at Hanyang University Townhall Lecture

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Hanyang University November 1, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Dr. Min, for that kind introduction. It’s a real pleasure to be here at Hanyang University to speak with the next generation of Korean leaders. A Town Hall involves some give and take, so I plan ... Read More»

President Donald Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individual to a Key Administration Post

October 31, 2019 Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration: Stephen E. Biegun of Michigan, to be Deputy Secretary of State. Stephen E. Biegun is the United States Special Representative for North Korea at the Department of State, where he directs all ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Presides Over Model Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference with ROK Navy Midshipmen

On October 30, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht presided over a Model Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference at the ROK Naval Academy in Jinhae.  40 midshipmen served as representatives from 12 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Korea, where they debated nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues. President Lee Seo-Hang of the Korea Institute for ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Talks about Startup Culture on Sunday Morning Talk Show

On October 27, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht appeared on KNN TV’s Sunday morning talk show “Power Talk” with executives from Busan-based job matching company SmartSocial, which won the consulate-sponsored Korea-Japan English Language Startup Pitch Contest held last month in Fukuoka.  Speaking exclusively in Korean, Gedacht introduced the Pitch Contest as a way to strengthen people ... Read More»

Statement from the President on the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

October 27, 2019 Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.  He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization in the World.  The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years.  Capturing or killing Baghdadi ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Stilwell Travels to Japan, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, and China

Media note Office of the Spokesperson October 24, 2019 Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell will visit Tokyo, Rangoon, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Seoul, and Beijing, October 24 to November 7. […] On November 5, the Assistant Secretary will travel to Seoul to meet with government officials to discuss the strength of the U.S.-ROK alliance and cooperation ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Discusses Diplomacy with Busan Foreign School’s Model United Nation (MUN) Class

On October 18, Busan Consul Daniel Gedacht spoke on the role of diplomats to the Model United Nation (MUN) class at the Busan Foreign School where students were role-playing as delegates to the United Nations and simulating UN committees. Sharing his experiences as a U.S. diplomat representing U.S. Missions in several overseas countries, Gedacht fielded questions from ... Read More»

Korea Special Measures Agreement Negotiations October 22-24

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson October 18, 2019 The United States will host the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Honolulu, Hawaii October 22-24 for consultations on the Special Measures Agreement (SMA).  The SMA, a type of burden-sharing agreement, is the mechanism by which the Republic of Korea shares the costs of U.S. forces to ... Read More»

Congratulatory Remarks to KICPA at a Dinner Hosted by KUSAF and KDVA

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Plaza Hotel, Seoul October 17, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thanks, Mr. Cho Dong-hyun, for that generous introduction. I was in Tennessee and Washington last week, and I just landed at Incheon about an hour ago. I came straight here from the airport to meet with you ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Busan Consul Speaks at “Knowledge Up” Seminar in Ulsan

On October 16, Busan Consul Daniel Gedacht spoke to 200 civil servants from the Ulsan City Government to discuss the U.S. – ROK relationship and the importance of integrity in public service.  Invited by the city’s Department of HR and Education as the featured speaker at this year’s Ulsan Power Knowledge Up Seminar (held annually ... Read More»

Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on EAP and Int’l. Cybersecurity Policy

Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy Remarks David R. Stilwell, Assistant Secretary Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy Washington, DC October 16, 2019 […] North Korea ARIA calls for ... Read More»

Acceptance Speech for Distinguished Public Service Award at 12th Annual PPALM Meeting

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Pan-Pacific American Leaders and Mentors (PPALM) October 13, 2019 AS DELIVERED Let’s give it up one more time for “Ooh-La-La”! Thank you, Tony, for that very generous introduction. Most speakers use the brief moments that they are being introduced as the final opportunity to prepare ... Read More»

Speech on “The U.S.-ROK Alliance” at U.S. Korea Business Council Luncheon

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea U.S. Korea Business Council Joint Plenary Luncheon Washington, DC October 11, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, David for that kind introduction. It’s been a year since I last stood before the U.S. Korea Business Council, and what a year it’s been. As I stand in ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) U.S. Congressional Chiefs of Staff Visit Busan

On October 10, a delegation of eight Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. House of representatives visited Busan for two days as part of Congressional Study Group on Korea which was organized by the Former Members of Congress to facilitate dialogues between Senior Congressional Staff and their counterparts in Korea. Consulate Busan assisted discussions and ... Read More»

U.S. Special Representative’s Meetings with ROK Special Representative and Japanese Director General

Readout of Special Representative Biegun’s Meetings with ROK Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Ambassador Lee Do-hoon and Japanese Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Shigeki Takizaki Media Note Office of The Spokesperson October 8, 2019 Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun met with his Republic of Korea and Japanese counterparts, ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Joins the German Flag-Raising Ceremony at the UNMCK

On October 8, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht took part in the raising of the German flag at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK).  The Korean government recently included Germany in the list of countries that provided medical support during the Korean War, and the UNMCK Commission added the German Flag to the Symbolic ... Read More»

Warsaw Process Working Group Statement

Media Note Office of The Spokesperson October 8, 2019 The United States, Poland, and the Republic of Korea convened the Warsaw Process cybersecurity working group in Seoul October 7 to 8.  Nearly 50 delegations from around the world participated in the working group.  Delegations discussed the importance of strengthening cooperation to promote stability in cyberspace, ... Read More»

North Korea Talks

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson October 5, 2019 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. delegation reviewed events since ... Read More»

The United States and South Korea Sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Development Cooperation

October 1, 2019 Office of Press Relations On September 30, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant to the Administrator Chris Maloney signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Director-General for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of Korea, Oh Hyunjoo, to strengthen the global partnership in development ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

InterContinental New York Barclay New York, New York September 23, 2019 5:29 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  We’re pleased to be with President Moon of South Korea.  We have a long-term friendship, and we are making a lot of progress.  We are working on tremendous trade deals.  We — as you ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) U.S. Consulate Busan Supports Korea-Japan English Language Startup Pitch Contest

U.S. Consulate Busan co-sponsored the Korea-Japan English Language Startup Pitch Contest, which was held for the first time at Fukuoka American Center in Japan on September 20th. While Korea-Japan relations have been frozen over the trade restrictions against each other, university-based startups from Busan and Fukuoka gathered to exchange their business ideas. Working with U.S. ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Celebrates Opening of Korea’s First Ronald McDonald House

On September 17, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht delivered a congratulatory speech and cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Republic of Korea’s first Ronald McDonald House with 100 dignitaries at Pusan National University’s Yangsan Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House provides housing to families of seriously ill or injured children facing long-term hospitalization.  President ... Read More»

International Day of Democracy

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State September 15, 2019 On this International Day of Democracy, we reflect on our nation’s unwavering commitment to the unalienable rights that create the foundation of our democracy.  In the United States, those rights are defined by respect for individual liberty and human dignity.  A vibrant, diverse, and independent ... Read More»

Treasury Sanctions North Korean State-Sponsored Malicious Cyber Groups

September 13, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions targeting three North Korean state-sponsored malicious cyber groups responsible for North Korea’s malicious cyber activity on critical infrastructure.  Today’s actions identify North Korean hacking groups commonly known within the global cyber security private industry as ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting on E-Cigarettes

Oval Office September 11, 2019 […] Q    A follow-up on your decision yesterday with regard to Mr. Bolton.  What led you to decide to part ways? THE PRESIDENT:  So, John is somebody that I actually got along with very well.  He made some very big mistakes.  When he talked about the Libyan model for Kim ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2019

September 5, 2019 During these National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, we come together to honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 men, women, and children who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  The passage of time will never diminish the magnitude of the loss or the courage, compassion, strength, and unity ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Cuts Ribbon At Bokcheon Museum

On September 9th, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht attended the opening ceremony of a special exhibition, ‘The Living History of the People in Bokcheon-Dong, 1600 years Ago’ to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the excavation of ancient tombs in Bokcheon-dong, Busan.  Director Lee Hae-ryeon showed Consul around the special exhibition and explained about the history of ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s This Week

Interview Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, D.C. September 8, 2019 […] QUESTION: Meantime, on North Korea, their nuclear program, the talks have stalled since the Hanoi summit, and North Korea continues to test missiles. U.S. intelligence has concluded that they continue to add to their stockpile of nuclear weapons fuel as well. Are ... Read More»

Remarks by Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun at the University of Michigan

Remarks Stephen Biegun, Special Representative for North Korea The University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Weiser Diplomacy Center 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 Korea was truly momentous. At the conclusion ... Read More»

Promoting prosperity in the Indo-Pacific

By ShareAmerica September 6, 2019 The Trump administration’s strategy for the Indo-Pacific region is based on the belief that nations in that region should be independent, strong, and satellites to none. “Our Indo-Pacific vision is about developing … deep and respectful relationships, based on security, respect for the rule of law, and mutually beneficial economic ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Brandon Peoples and Dave Lewis of KMAN

Interview Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, D.C. September 6, 2019 […] SECRETARY POMPEO:  Well, when we came into office, you’ll recall the previous administration had a very different approach to foreign policy.  They called it “leading from behind.”  They, too often, apologized for America, and our team will never do that.  President Trump ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Alec Gartner of KSNT-TV NBC 27 Topeka

Interview Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Manhattan, Kansas September 6, 2019 […] QUESTION:  Is there a timeframe or a crunch of any sort that you feel or you just want to get it done? SECRETARY POMPEO:  Get it done as quickly – on every mission, whether it’s  North Korea or the work that we’re ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Lily Wu of KAKE-TV ABC 4 Wichita

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Manhattan, Kansas September 6, 2019 […] QUESTION:  So what’s keeping U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo up at night, whether in Eastern Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere, or Middle East right now? SECRETARY POMPEO:  So we’re working lots of opportunities.  We’re trying to convince Chairman Kim to complete the promise that ... Read More»

Working Together for the Future of the Indo Pacific Region

Indian Ocean Region Conference Maldives September 3-4, 2019 As Prepared for Delivery – Ladies and gentlemen, it’s truly an honor to be here with you at the 4th Indian Ocean Conference. Thank you, India Foundation, for organizing such an impressive gathering of stakeholders at this vitally important time, in this amazing place, to address the ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Gives Special Lecture to Kyungsung University Overseas Employment Trainees

On August 30, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht delivered a special lecture at Kyungsung University on corporate culture and life in the U.S. to 40 students who are overseas employment trainees through K-Move, a state-run program to connect young Koreans to quality jobs abroad. He emphasized not to be afraid to take risks and fail as ... Read More»

Special Representative Stephen Biegun’s Travel to Japan and the Republic of Korea

August 16, 2019 U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to Japan from August 19th to 20th and Seoul from August 20th to 22nd to meet with Japanese and Republic of Korea officials to further strengthen coordination on the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK. Read More»

Readout of the Defense Ministerial Meeting Between the Republic of Korea and the United States

August 9, 2019 Department of Defense Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan R. Hoffman provided the following readout: Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo and the U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper held a ROK-U.S. Defense Ministerial meeting August 9, 2019, in Seoul where they discussed the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with ROK Foreign Minister Kang and Japanese Foreign Minister Kono

August 3, 2019 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Bangkok, Thailand on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum. They reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-ROK-Japan relationship, their shared commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK, ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Acting Consul Karl Trunk Visits Gimhae International Airport and Gangdong Hospital in Busan

On August 2, Acting Consul Karl Trunk met with CEO Chung Duck-kyo, Gimhae International Airport, to discuss emergency preparedness and support for passengers with special needs.  Consul Trunk was also given a brief tour of the airport’s Operations Center and the Rescue and Fire Fighting Center.  On the same day, Consul Trunk visited Busan’s Gangdong ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Acting Consul Ronald G. Lay Attends Wreath Laying Ceremony and Delivers Words of Appreciation to Commemorate UN Forces

On July 27, Information Management Officer and the Acting Consul in Busan, Ronald G. Lay represented the U.S. Mission at the solemn wreath laying ceremony held at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) in a Commemoration Ceremony honoring the sacrifices and contributions of nearly 2million U.N. soldiers from 22 countries including the United ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Acting Consul Brian R. Peterson Represents the U.S. Mission Korea at the 2019 Daegu Chimac Festival

On July 17, Political Officer and the Acting Consul Brian R. Peterson represented the U.S. Mission Korea at the 2019 Daegu Chimac Festival.  Consul Peterson, left, and Daegu Mayor Kwon Young Jin, right, toasted to the success of the 2019 Daegu Chimac (chicken + beer) Festival. Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Acting Consul Brian R. Peterson Leads A Toast at the 130th Anniversary of the Busan Chamber of Commerce and Industry

On July 16, Political Officer and the Acting Consul Brian R. Peterson attended a commemorating ceremony of the 130th anniversary of the Busan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI).  Consul Peterson was invited to the stage and delivered a congratulatory toast.  BCCI started in 1889 as the first Chamber of Commerce in Korea to protect ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Acting Consul Chung Joon Lee Speaks U.S. – Korea Alliance at the Late General Whitcomb’s Memorial Service

On July 12, Political Officer and the Acting Consul Chung Joon Lee delivered a speech at the memorial service of the late U.S. General Richard S. Whitcomb at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK).  Consul Lee said the U.S. – Korea Alliance is strengthened by the contributions of people like General Whitcomb, and ... Read More»

FY2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity: U.S. Embassy Seoul PD Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Embassy Seoul PD Annual Program Statement Funding Opportunity Number: PD-SEOUL-FY19-01 Deadline for Applications: April 19, 2019 for the 2019 fiscal year *Please refer to IV. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION for detailed review schedules CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Maximum for Each Award: $75,000 *NOTE: Cost-share may be required for the programs exceeding $50,000 Posted Date: ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

JULY 11, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke by phone yesterday with R.O.K. Foreign Minister Kang. They reaffirmed their commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the D.P.R.K., the importance of U.S.-Japan-R.O.K. trilateral cooperation, and agreed to continue working closely together to address common challenges in ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell Travels to Japan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, and Thailand

JULY 9, 2019 David R. Stilwell will visit Japan, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and Thailand, July 10–21, 2019, in his first trip as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He will visit Tokyo, July 11-14, to meet senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of ... Read More»

Special Representative Biegun’s Travel to Brussels and Berlin

JULY 6, 2019 U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to Brussels July 8-9 and Berlin July 10-11 for meetings with European officials and with Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon to advance our shared efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Ambassador and the U.S. Consulate Busan Celebrate the 243rd Anniversary of U.S. Independence

On July 2, Ambassador Harry Harris hosted Consulate Busan’s Mardi Gras-themed Independence Day Reception at Park Hyatt Busan.  He greeted over 240 guests and welcomed not just one, but two metropolitan city mayors—Oh Keo-don of Busan and Song, Cheol-ho of Ulsan.  The Ambassador highlighted the U.S. – ROK Alliance as a cornerstone for regional security, ... Read More»

President Trump and President Moon Reaffirm United States’ and Republic of Korea’s Ironclad Alliance

July 2, 2019 President Donald J. Trump visited the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) June 29–30. During this visit, President Trump and R.O.K. President Moon Jae-in affirmed the unbreakable bond between our two countries and committed to further strengthen our bilateral relationship. Both sides reaffirmed that the strong U.S.-R.O.K. alliance is the linchpin of peace and ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Chairman Kim and President Moon in Greeting at Korean Demilitarized Zone

June 30, 2019 Outside the Inter-Korean House of Freedom Panmunjom 3:47 P.M. KST Q    How do you feel? PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I feel great.  It’s a great honor to be here. Q    Chairman Kim, how do you feel? CHAIRMAN KIM:  (As interpreted.)  President Trump has just walked across the demarcation line.  That made him the first ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and DPRK Chairman Kim Jong Un in 1:1 Meeting

June 30, 2019 3:57 P.M. KST Panmunjom Inter-Korean House of Freedom CHAIRMAN KIM: (In progress.) (As interpreted.) It’s always special and I want to thank you (inaudible) for having me. PRESIDENT TRUMP: I want to thank you. Because (inaudible.) It was great. Look, I mean, the world is watching, and it’s very important for the ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Moon in Greeting with U.S. and ROK Service Members

June 30, 2019 DFAC Flag Pole – Joint Security Area Paju-si, Republic of Korea 3:19 P.M. KST PRESIDENT MOON: (As interpreted.)  I would like to thank you for all your dedication and effort.  You are indeed standing at the forefront of the spark where you are safeguarding peace and freedom of the Republic of Korea. ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the Republic of Korea in Joint Press Conference

June 30, 2019 Blue House Seoul, Republic of Korea 1:09 P.M. KST PRESIDENT MOON:  (As interpreted.)  I extend my warmest welcome to President Trump to the Republic of Korea.  Today, the Korean Peninsula, together with President Trump, has become the land that is most noted on Earth. Since the Declaration of Armistice, in 66 years ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon Before Expanded Working Lunch

June 30, 2019 Blue House Seoul, Republic of Korea 12:22 P.M. KST PRESIDENT MOON: (As interpreted.) President Trump and members of the U.S. delegation to the Republic of Korea, I’d like to extend my warmest welcome to you all, and thank you very much for joining us today. With President Trump and also myself, during ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon Before Restricted Bilateral Meeting

June 30, 2019 Blue House Seoul, Republic of Korea 11:14 A.M. KST PRESIDENT MOON:  (As interpreted.)  Mr. President, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to visit Korea again after the G20 Summit — as well as your summit meetings with various other leaders, including China — in spite of a plethora of ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Encourages Miryang Citizens to Tackle Challenges

On June 22, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht spoke at Miryang Municipal Library to an audience of over 100 people. Highlighting the importance of tackling the unknown, he shared his experiences as a diplomat and tips on how he acquired five languages with the crowd who enthusiastically asked questions during the Q&A session. He also met ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo at the Release of the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Washington, DC June 21, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. I’m proud to be here today to speak about the State Department’s ongoing mission to advance international religious freedom. This mission is not just a Trump administration priority – it’s a deeply personal one. For many years, I was a Sunday school teacher and a ... Read More»

2018년도 연례 국제종교자유보고서 발간에 관한 마이클 R. 폼페이오 국무장관 발언 (전문보기)

발언 마이클 R. 폼페이오 국무장관 프레스 브리핑룸 워싱턴 DC 2019년 6월 21일 폼페이오 장관: 안녕하십니까, 여러분. 저는 오늘 이 자리에서 전 세계를 대상으로 끊임없이 종교적 자유의 신장을 추구하는 국무부의 목표에 관해 말씀드릴 수 있는 기회를 얻게 된 것을 자랑스럽게 생각합니다. 이 목표는 비단 트럼프 행정부의 중점 추진 과제에만 그치는 것이 아닙니다―저 개인적으로도 깊은 의미가 있습니다. ... Read More»

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

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“Thank you KAFS!”

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Japan-Republic of Korea-United States Defense Ministerial Meeting Joint Press Statement

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Shanahan: Partners Must Join U.S. in Investing in Indo-Pacific Region

June 1, 2019 The United States military is partnering with nations from across a wide swath of the Indo-Pacific region, and those nations must follow with their own investments if the partnerships are to grow, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said in a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. At the International Institute ... Read More»

Proclamation on National Ocean Month, 2019

May 31, 2019 The ocean supports millions of American jobs across numerous industries, including commercial fishing, recreation and tourism, international trade, shipping, ports, energy, and other maritime commerce.  During National Ocean Month, we recognize the importance of the ocean to the economy, national security, and environment of the United States, and we renew our commitment ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Delivers Commencement Address at KIS Jeju’s Graduation Ceremony

On May 25, Consul Gedacht delivered remarks at Korea International School Jeju’s high school graduation ceremony. Speaking to the graduating class of 80 students and nearly 400 parents, friends, and family members, Consul Gedacht urged the graduating seniors to take chances, get outside their comfort zones, and tackle the future’s challenges. Read More»

(Photo) Former President Bush at 10th Anniversary of Former President Roh’s Passing

May 23, 2019 – Former President George W. Bush attended the 10th anniversary of former President Roh’s passing and presented a portrait he painted of former President Roh Moo-hyun to first First Lady Kwon Yang-sook. On May 23, Former U.S. President George W. Bush marked the 10th anniversary of the death of the late ROK ... Read More»

Fulbright Program Unveils Updated Brand Identity

Media Note May 22, 2019 Washington, DC View Video: 0’53’’ The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs unveiled an updated Fulbright Program brand identity today at a Fulbright celebration at the U.S. Capitol.  The updated identity, including a new logo and brand narrative, demonstrates the Fulbright ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Gives Special Lectures at Gyeongnam Foreign Language High School

On May 20, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht visited Gyeongnam Foreign Language High School for a special lecture about his life as a diplomat. Students welcomed the Consul with loud applause and enthusiastically asked him questions during the Q&A session after the lecture. They also showcased their self-written plays about American culture such as movies, school, ... Read More»

Busan Global Gathering 2019

On May 19, Consulate Busan opened a booth at Global Gathering 2019, one of the biggest international events in Busan, where locals and expatriates gather together to share world cultures including food, traditional clothing, performances and more. Under the theme of tourism and education, Consulate Busan handed out brochures and booklets about traveling and studying ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Meets Students from University of Pittsburgh

On May 16, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht delivered a special lecture to a group of students from University of Pittsburgh that visited Consulate Busan and shared his experiences as a diplomat in foreign countries. Consul also talked about ROK’s relations with the U.S., Japan and DPRK and after the lecture, students were given a tour ... Read More»

Statement from Press Secretary Regarding President Trump’s Upcoming Travel to the Republic of Korea

May 15, 2019 President Donald J. Trump will visit the Republic of Korea to meet with President Moon Jae-in, in conjunction with his travel to the region to attend the G20 Summit in late June. President Trump and President Moon will continue their close coordination on efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of ... Read More»

U.S.-ROK Environmental Affairs Council and Environmental Cooperation Commission

Media Note May 14, 2019 On May 13-14, the United States and the Republic of Korea held the third meetings of the Environmental Affairs Council (EAC) under the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the Environmental Cooperation Commission (ECC) under the United States-Korea Environmental Cooperation Agreement on May 13 and 14. The United States ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Novice Monks from Hongbeopsa Temple Visit Consulate Busan

Ten novice monks from Hongbeopsa Temple visited Consulate Busan on May 10 in celebration of Buddha’s Birthday. The monks surprised Consul Daniel C. Gedacht with hand-made paper lotus flowers as presents and Consul took commemorative photos with them, trying on a Jangsam, or Buddhist monk’s robe. Embassy Seoul promoted this on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/usembassyseoul . Read More»

US-ROK-Japan Deputy Assistant Secretary/Director General/Deputy Director General Trilateral Meeting

May 9, 2019 On May 9th, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Marc Knapper met in Seoul with his counterparts, Director General Kim Tae-jin of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, and Deputy Director General Takehiro Funakoshi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, to discuss trilateral cooperation, including achieving ... Read More»

(Photo) Ambassador Harry Harris at Louisiana Lotte Cheimical Ceremony

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Signs Congratulatory Book for New Japanese Emperor

Consul Daniel C. Gedacht made a visit to Consulate General of Japan in Busan on May 8 to extend congratulations to Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito. After signing a Congratulatory Book for the newly crowned Emperor, Consul met with Consul General Hisashi Michigami and expressed his well-wishes for Japan’s lasting peace and prosperity under the new ... Read More»

Supporting Freedom in North Korea

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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. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from ... Read More»

World Press Freedom Day

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Presidential Proclamation on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2019

April 30, 2019 The contributions of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent are firmly woven into the diverse fabric of our Nation.  During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage that have enriched our great country and helped define our history. ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Ambassador Participates in the Change of Command Ceremony for U.S. Naval Forces, Korea

On April 25, Ambassador Harris participated in the change of command ceremony for U.S. Naval Forces, Korea. Rear Admiral Michael Boyle relinquished command to the new Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, Rear Admiral Michael “Buzz” Donnelly.  The Ambassador then visited Busan MBC, meeting with President Lee Heekil to congratulate the network on 60 years ... Read More»

(Photo) Embassy and Experts Discuss “Trends and Attitudes towards International Migration”

April 24, 2019 – Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Mitchell Moss (center) moderated the Let’s Talk Series, a policy-focused discussion program with Dr. Neil G. Ruiz, Associate Director of Global Migration and Demography Research at the Pew Research Center on “Trends and Attitudes towards International Migration” at the American Center Korea.   April 24, 2019 – ... Read More»

Presidential Message on Earth Day, 2019

April 22, 2019 Earth Day is a celebration of the abundant beauty and life-sustaining bounty of our natural environment.  On this day, we reaffirm our responsibility to protect God’s wondrous creation for future generations. From the Appalachian Mountains to the golden shores of California, America is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth.  As Americans, ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Congressional Study Group Engages With Busan Economic Experts

On April 17, a delegation of six sitting members of the U.S. House of Representatives met with academic and economic experts to discuss political and economic challenges facing Busan.  The 2019 Congressional Study Group Korea (CSGK), organized by the Former Members of Congress visited Seoul and Busan for seven days for legislative exchanges which facilitate ... Read More»

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Republic of Korea President Moon

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(Photo Gallery) WeWork Launches Its First Office in Busan

On April 9, WeWork, an American company that provides shared workspaces and services opened its first branch in Busan, and the 15th in Korea. Consul Daniel C. Gedacht joined the opening ceremony with Busan Mayor Oh Geo-don at the newly opened branch to congratulate the company’s arrival in Busan. At the beginning of the ceremony, ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Addresses Global Talk at Busan American Corner

On March 30, Consul Daniel Gedacht joined Busan eFM’s Global Talk 2019 held at Busan American Corner in Busan Simin Municipal Library to discuss the theme of Busan as a global city. Consul Gedacht and two other guest speakers, Alok Kumar Roy, Secretary General of the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation, Professor Vincenzo Campitelli, Pusan ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul Welcome the USCGC Bertholf upon Arrival in Jeju

On March 26, the United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Bertholf called in Jeju to do a joint Search and Rescue/Law Enforcement exercise and build partnership with Republic of Korea (ROK) Coast Guard. Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Rapson represented the Mission at the welcoming reception with Consul Gedacht and delivered a welcoming speech. Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Encourages International School Students Save the Environment

On March 22, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht visited International School of Busan (ISB) on their “Stream Cleanup Day” and gave a special speech to encourage 300 students to work on protecting nature. There were several performances that students of ISB prepared to show the importance of environmental protection.   Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Talks about U.S. Political System and U.S. – Korea Relations At Pusan National University

On March 22, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht delivered a special lecture at Pusan National University (PNU) where he talked about U.S. – Korea relations, the U.S. political system, and life as a U.S. diplomat with a class of around 30 political science students.  A lively discussion followed the lecture on U.S. – North Korea issues, ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Attends Modern Art Exhibition Opening

On March 14, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht attended the grand opening of “Repetition and Difference: About Time” at the Busan Museum of Arts,  a modern art exhibition featuring seven leading contemporary artists from Korea and Japan.  As the organizer requested attendees to wear time traveler costume, the Consul wore a special Hanbok for the event. Read More»

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

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Welcomes Pohang City Officials

On March 12, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht welcomed Director Ko Wonhak and his staff from the International Cooperation and Tourism Division, Pohang City, who paid a call on the Consulate.  Consul Gedacht introduced them the roles and functions of the U.S. Consulate Busan and discussed ways to create synergy effects through partnering and cooperation.   Read More»

Ambassador Harris at the International Women’s Day Reception

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Senior State Department Official On North Korea

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Presidential Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2019

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Remarks by President Trump at a Social Dinner with Chairman Kim Jong Un of DPRK

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Secretary Pompeo, Interview With Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday

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Secretary Pompeo, Interview with Craig Melvin of NBC Today Show

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President Is Committed to Achieving Transformational Peace for U.S., Korean Peninsula, and the World

Fact Sheets February 21, 2019 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, ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at Signing Ceremony for Space Policy Directive-4

February 19, 2019 Oval Office THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, thank you very much.  I had a great conversation this morning with President Moon of South Korea.  And we obviously discussed the upcoming trip next week, where we’re going Hanoi, in Vietnam.  And I look forward to be with Chairman Kim, and I think a lot of ... Read More»

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February 19, 2019 “Our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security.” President Donald J. Trump ESTABLISHING THE SPACE FORCE: President Donald J. Trump’s Space Policy Directive-4 is a bold, strategic step toward guaranteeing American space dominance that sets the framework for establishing the United ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang

Washington, DC February 14, 2019 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha today in Warsaw. They discussed ongoing efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and updated each other on respective U.S. and ROK engagements with the DPRK. Secretary ... Read More»

Special Representative Biegun’s Trip to Pyongyang

Washington, DC February 8, 2019 Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun met with Special Representative for U.S. Affairs of the State Affairs Commission of the D.P.R.K. Kim Hyok Chol February 6-8, in Pyongyang. Special Representative Biegun and Special Representative Kim discussed advancing President Trump and Chairman Kim’s Singapore summit commitments of complete denuclearization, transforming ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Is Committed to Women’s Economic Empowerment Around the World

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Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative

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Remarks by President Trump in State of the Union Address

February 5, 2019 THE PRESIDENT:  Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — and my fellow Americans: We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential.  As we begin a new Congress, I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for ... Read More»

Administration Issues Annual Intellectual Property Report

February 4, 2019 Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), Vishal Amin, issued the Administration’s 2018 Annual Intellectual Property Report. The report lays out the Administration’s four-part strategy to promote strong intellectual property protection and policy efforts, both domestically and abroad. “Over the past two years, the Administration has made significant ... Read More»

Remarks on DPRK at Stanford University

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Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to the World Economic Forum

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang

Washington, DC January 21, 2019 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke on January 20 with Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. They updated each other on respective U.S. and R.O.K. engagements with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.). Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang affirmed the enduring strength of the U.S.-R.O.K. Alliance. Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With DPRK Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol

Washington, DC January 18, 2019 Secretary Pompeo and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun met with DPRK Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol in Washington January 18. The Secretary, Special Representative Biegun, and Vice Chairman Kim discussed efforts to make progress on the commitments President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un made at their summit ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Updates to Korean Laws

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Religious Freedom Designations

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 11, 2018 On November 28, 2018, I designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, as Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for having engaged in or tolerated ”systematic, ongoing, [and] egregious ... Read More»

Human Rights Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2018 Seventy years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Emerging from a world war that shocked humanity with its cruelty, the sovereign nations of the world united to specify those rights that are inherent to all persons, ... Read More»

Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 10, 2018 Today, in commemoration of International Human Rights Day and as part of our continued efforts to promote accountability for North Korean officials, we are releasing our report, which identifies three individuals and three groups as responsible for serious human rights abuses or censorship. In ... Read More»

Report on Serious Human Rights Abuses or Censorship in North Korea

December 10, 2018 Report on Serious Human Rights Abuses or Censorship in North Korea  Prepared by: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Right, and Labor Submitted in compliance with: Section 304 (a) of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, Public Law 114-122, enacted on February 18, 2016 Section 304 ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs Dhillon Visits Busan and Ulsan

On December 6 – 7, Pushpinder Dhillon, Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs of the U.S. Embassy made a familiarization visit to Busan and Ulsan with his staff.  In Busan, the ECON team visited the World Fisheries University, attended the AMCHAM Busan Committee’s special lecture on smart cities, and learned operations of the New Port.  In ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Singh and ROK Vice Foreign Minister on Strengthening Economic Cooperation

United States Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh led talks December 7, 2018, with Vice Foreign Minister Lee Taeho of the Republic of Korea during the latter’s official visit to Washington, D.C.  They discussed the importance of the U.S.-Korea economic relationship, and prospects for greater cooperation in global health security, energy, and ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2018

December 7, 2018 Our Nation was founded on the idea that our Creator endows each individual with certain unalienable rights.  In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson identified life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as among these fundamental human rights.  Our Nation has enshrined these and other rights, which Americans continue to enjoy today, ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with ROK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

On December 6, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of the Republic of Korea.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea and pledged to maintain close coordination to ensure the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Promoting Disability Rights and Sharing U.S. Federal Disability Laws

In commemoration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, Public Diplomacy (PD) Section of the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Consulate Busan organized two round table discussions on December 5 in Gyeongnam and Busan on disability rights featuring Prof. Michael Schwartz, a deaf lawyer and associate professor of law at Syracuse University.  ... Read More»

Statement from President and First Lady on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018 Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, ... Read More»

On the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018 Devoted husband, loving father, steadfast friend, exemplary patriot: this is how I will always remember President George H. W. Bush. Whether he was serving in the skies over the Pacific during World War II, protecting America at CIA headquarters, or leading our ... Read More»

President Trump Champions Economic Growth and Prosperity at the G20 Summit

December 1, 2018 “Let us resolve to use our power, our resources, and our voices, not just for ourselves, but for our people — to lift their burdens, to raise their hopes, and to empower their dreams.” President Donald J. Trump PROMOTING GROWTH AND PROSPERITY: President Donald J. Trump championed the successes of his pro-growth ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence at World AIDS Day Event

Indian Treaty Room November 29, 2018 THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Ambassador Birx, for that kind introduction. And, more importantly, I want to say thank you to Ambassador Deborah Birx for a lifetime of leadership advancing the fight against HIV/AIDS, and, since 2014, as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. We are grateful for your ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Announces Latest Lifesaving PEPFAR Results

Washington, DC November 27, 2018 Today, in advance of World AIDS Day 2018, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the latest results achieved by American leadership and partnerships through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has now saved more than 17 million lives. As of September 30, 2018, PEPFAR is ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) An Evening of Friendship with Daegu and Gyeongbuk

On November 23, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht represented the Mission at Daegu-Gyungbuk International Exchange Association (DGIEA)’s “Evening of Friendship” in Daegu.  Daegu City Mayor, Gyeongbuk Governor, scores of third-country diplomats, as well as approximately 600 local leaders in business and academia attended the event. Read More»

Special Rep. Biegun To Meet With ROK Special Rep. for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs

Washington, DC November 19, 2018 U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will meet with Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon in Washington on Tuesday, November 20, to further strengthen our close coordination on efforts to achieve our shared goal of final, fully verified denuclearization. Special ... Read More»

Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 18, 2018 One year ago in Vietnam, President Donald J. Trump laid out America’s vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, in which all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous. This week, Vice President Michael R. Pence reaffirmed the ironclad and enduring U.S. commitment to the ... Read More»

President’s Admin. is Advancing Free and Open Indo-Pacific Through Investments and Partnerships

President Trump’s Administration is Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Through Investments and Partnerships in Economics, Security, and Governance November 18, 2018 A Steadfast and Enduring Commitment: Vice President Pence visited Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Papua New Guinea this week to reaffirm President Trump’s commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific in which all nations are ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 2018 APEC CEO Summit

Pacific Explorer Marquee Theatre Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea November 16, 2018 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 ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Republic of Korea Unification Minister Cho

Washington, DC November 16, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with ROK Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon on November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. They affirmed their commitment to close coordination during ongoing efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK as agreed to by Chairman Kim. Both sides also discussed ways to ... Read More»

On the Release of an American Citizen from North Korea

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 16, 2018 The United States appreciates the cooperation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the embassy of Sweden in facilitating the release of an American citizen. The United States is grateful for the sustained support of Sweden, our protecting power in North ... Read More»

DPRK Maritime Insurance Workshop

Washington, DC November 16, 2018 Today, the United States and the United Kingdom met in London with industry leaders from maritime insurance companies, commodity traders, and other relevant parties, to discuss steps the private sector can take to prevent illicit shipping, trade, and other sanctions evasion activities that North Korea uses to generate revenue for its ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President and Prime Minister of the Republic Of Singapore in Joint Press Statements

The Istana Singapore November 16, 2018 PRIME MINISTER LEE:  Vice President Pence, ladies and gentlemen, may I extend a very warm welcome to Vice President and Mrs. Karen Pence to Singapore. We last met at the White House last year, in October, when President Trump very kindly hosted me to lunch.  And I’m very happy ... Read More»

Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea

November 15, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence met today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea on the margins of the East Asia Summit. Vice President Pence and President Moon reaffirmed the U.S.-ROK Alliance as the linchpin of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the region. They also discussed the ... Read More»

Prepared Remarks for Vice President Pence at the East Asia Summit Plenary Session

Suntec Convention Centre Suntec City, Singapore November 15, 2018 It’s an honor to be here with so many leaders from across the Indo-Pacific at the 13th East Asia Summit. Prime Minister Lee, thank you once again for hosting this meeting in the beautiful and inspiring nation of Singapore. Last year, President Donald Trump attended this ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 6th U.S.-ASEAN Summit

Suntec Convention Centre Suntec City, Singapore November 14, 2018 VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Your Majesty, your excellencies, it is my honor to join you all here at the 6th Summit between the United States of America and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Last year, President Trump attended this summit to share our nation’s vision of ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on American Education Week, 2018

November 9, 2018 During American Education Week, we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that all Americans have access to an affordable, high-quality education.  We also recognize the hard work of our Nation’s dedicated parents, guardians, teachers, and school leaders to ensure that every child is prepared to join today’s growing workforce.  To maintain our country’s ... Read More»

Meeting With DPRK Officials

Press Statement Washington, DC November 7, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s meeting with officials from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, scheduled for this week in New York, will now take place at a later date. We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit. Ongoing conversations continue to take place. The United States ... Read More»

Constraining Iran’s Nuclear Program

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 5, 2018 Iran cannot be trusted to have vital constraints on its nuclear program lifted. The United States is committed to ensuring that Iran never comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon. Starting today, all nuclear cooperation with Iran, except for the limited activities for which ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Busan Remembers UN Soldiers from 22 Countries

On November 3, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht attended the “Turn Toward Busan Peace Festival” with his children and spoke to the public about the enduring nature of the U.S.-ROK friendship.  The event, hosted by The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Busan Regional Office and attended by over 3000 Busan citizens , is to remind ... Read More»

Secretary Mattis at an Armed Forces Full Honor Arrival Welcoming ROK Defense Minister to Pentagon

Remarks By Secretary Mattis at an Armed Forces Full Honor Arrival Welcoming Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Jeong to the Pentagon Secretary Of Defense James N. Mattis; Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeongdoo October 31, 2018 (APPLAUSE) SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES N. MATTIS:  Well Minister Jeong, it is an honor ... Read More»

Joint Communiqué of the 50th U.S.-ROK Security Consultative Meeting

Washington, D.C., October 31, 2018 1. The 50th United States (U.S.)-Republic of Korea (ROK) Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) was held in Washington, D.C., on October 31, 2018. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and ROK Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeongdoo led their respective delegations, which included senior defense and foreign affairs officials. On October ... Read More»

Resolution of U.S. and ROK: Guiding Principles Following Transition of Wartime Operational Control

Resolution of the Department of Defense of the United States of America and the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea: Guiding Principles Following the Transition of Wartime Operational Control October 31, 2018 (Purpose) After the decision between the Presidents of both nations in 2017 to “expeditiously enable the conditions-based transition of wartime operational ... Read More»

Security Meeting Examines Wartime Control of Forces in South Korea

October 31, 2018 WASHINGTON — U.S. and South Korean defense leaders have made significant progress in preparation for transfer of wartime control over the combined forces to the South Korean military. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and National Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo completed the 50th U.S.-Republic of Korea Security Consultative Meeting in the Pentagon this morning. ... Read More»

U.S. Commitments Announced at Our Ocean 2018

Fact Sheet BUREAU OF OCEANS AND INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS October 30, 2018 During the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia, the United States proudly announced 15 commitments. Together these commitments will strengthen sustainable management of marine resources; prevent plastic and other debris from entering the ocean; support research and observation of ocean ecosystems; ... Read More»

Pompeo: A fully denuclearized North Korea is within reach

ShareAmerica October 30, 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo foresees progress in achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea that is vital to U.S. national security and world peace. “Despite Washington’s best efforts at diplomacy, Pyongyang hoodwinked U.S. policymakers with a string of broken arms control agreements going back to the George H.W. ... Read More»

Remarks at UN General Assembly First Committee Discussion on Regional Disarmament and Security

Remarks Robert Wood U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament and U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Issues United Nations New York City October 30, 2018 Mr. Chairman, States base their decisions regarding deterrence and defense on their perceptions of the security environment. The U.S initiative on “Creating the Conditions ... Read More»

Press Statement from the Secretary Pompeo on International Religious Freedom Day

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 builds on our founding fathers’ firm conviction that the freedom of individuals ... Read More»

Designation of Vessels SHANG YUAN BAO, NEW REGENT, and KUM UN SAN 3

Press Statement Washington, DC October 26, 2018 The United States, along with partners, welcomes the October 16 announcement by the 1718 Committee on UN designations of vessels SHANG YUAN BAO, NEW REGENT, and KUM UN SAN 3 for engaging in UN-prohibited ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum to North Korean ships. We call on the 1718 ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Marks the Special Exhibition on Joseon Tongshinsa

On October 25, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Busan Museum’s special exhibition “Documents of Joseon Tongshinsa.” The event was held to commemorate the first anniversary of the enshrinement of the Joseon Tongshinsa as a UNESCO Memory of the World item. The “Joseon Tongshinsa” refers goodwill diplomatic missions that ... Read More»

[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] Striving for Peace: the U.S.-ROK Alliance 65 Years After the Armistice Agreement

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea 2018 JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS Forum Westin Chosun Hotel October 22, 2018 AS DELIVERED Recognizing the foreign policy experience and wisdom gathered here today, I want to be sure to make the best use of your time. So with brevity in mind, I would like to give ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary of Defense Mattis’ participation in tri-lateral meeting with Japan and the ROK

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Defense Ministers Takeshi Iwaya of Japan and Jeong Kyeong-doo of the Republic of Korea, to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationships between the three nations. The leaders discussed a broad range of defense and policy issues, and the ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary Mattis’ Meeting with ROK Minister of Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: ROK Minister of Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo and the U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met for the first time on October 19 on the margins of the 5th ASEAN Defense Minister’ Meeting – Plus (ADMM-Plus). They discussed steps to strengthen the Alliance and build ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Speaks at World Ocean Forum in Busan

On October 17, at the 12th Annual World Ocean Forum in Busan, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (ADAS) of State for Japan and Korea Marc Knapper spoke to an audience of over 300 researchers, tech innovators, and maritime industry leaders about the United States’ commitment to a Free and Open Indo-Pacific region and emphasized U.S.’s willingness ... Read More»

RECRUITMENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Nominations for FY19 Global Undergraduate Program (UGRAD)

U.S. Embassy Seoul is pleased to announce the FY 2019 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD). We encourage qualified students to apply for this unique opportunity to study in the United States. What is the Global UGRAD Program? The Global UGRAD Program was developed to meet the U.S. government’s ongoing commitment to provide a diverse ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Discusses “Korea Matters for America | America Matters for Korea”

As a special guest speaker at the Busan World Affairs Council’s Seminar,  Consul Daniel Gedacht discussed how and why “Korea matters for America and America Matters for Korea” on October 10, 2018.  Over 100 students and faculty of Pukyong National University, along with members of the Busan World Affairs Council listened and participated in a ... Read More»

2018 END Wildlife Trafficking Report

October 10, 2018 Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 PL 114-231, Sec. 201 2018 Report to Congress The Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act (P.L. 114-231) (the “Act”) directs the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce, to submit to Congress ... Read More»

Remarks With Traveling Press

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Stephen Biegun Special Representative for North Korea Grand Hyatt Hotel Seoul, South Korea October 8, 2018 QUESTION: So how close are you guys on the logistics for a second summit? SECRETARY POMPEO: Pretty close. QUESTION: Like, so an announcement should be — SECRETARY POMPEO: Hard to know. Hard to know. Sometimes that ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Washington, DC October 7, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visited Seoul October 7-8 and met with President Moon and Foreign Minister Kang to give a readout of his October 7 trip to Pyongyang. Secretary Pompeo briefed on his meeting with Chairman Kim, which included his introducing Chairman Kim to Special Representative for North ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo held productive discussions with Chairman Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang Sunday. They discussed the four elements contained in the U.S.-DPRK Singapore Summit Joint Statement signed by President Trump and Chairman Kim. They also discussed the upcoming second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim and refined options for the location ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul (October 5, 2018)

Location: Jeju and the southern coastal area of Republic of Korea. Event: Typhoon Kong-rey will potentially bring flooding rain and strong winds to the Republic of Korea, particularly to Jeju and the southern coastal area, on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6, 2018.   Please monitor the local news for updates. Actions to Take: Consider ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Tokyo, Pyongyang, Seoul, and Beijing

Press Statement Washington, DC October 2, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Tokyo, Japan; Pyongyang, DPRK; Seoul, Republic of Korea; and Beijing, China from October 6-8. In Tokyo, October 6-7, the Secretary will meet with Prime Minister Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono. In Pyongyang, October 7, the Secretary will meet ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Chairs UN Security Council Ministerial on the DPRK

Washington, DC September 27, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo chaired a UN Security Council meeting to discuss efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK. Secretary Pompeo said he would travel to Pyongyang to make continued progress on the four commitments President Trump and Chairman Kim made in the Singapore Summit Joint ... Read More»

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

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 37, I invite the representatives of Japan and the Republic of Korea to ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Launches 2018 PEPFAR Strategy Progress Report

Washington, DC September 27, 2018 Today, on the margins of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo released the  2018 Progress Report on the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) . One year ago, the Trump Administration launched the PEPFAR Strategy at the 2017 United Nations General Assembly. The 2018 PEPFAR Strategy Progress Report shows the significant strides that ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With DPRK Foreign Minister Ri

Washington, DC September 26, 2018 Today, Secretary Pompeo met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in New York. Secretary Pompeo accepted Chairman Kim’s invitation to travel to Pyongyang next month to make further progress on the implementation of the commitments from the U.S.-DPRK Singapore summit, including the final, ... Read More»

Excerpts from Remarks by President at the UNSC Briefing on Counterproliferation

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 26, 2018 […] Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration. They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first President ever to challenge China on trade. And ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 25, 2018 […] With support from many countries here today, we have engaged with North Korea to replace the specter of conflict with a bold and new push for peace. In June, I traveled to Singapore to meet face to face with North Korea’s leader, Chairman Kim ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement

We, the Presidents of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea, hereby reaffirm our close alliance and the importance of maintaining strong, mutually beneficial trade and economic ties between our peoples. We welcome the successful conclusion of negotiations between our governments that have resulted in amendments and modifications to improve the United ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon at U.S.-Korea FTA Signing Ceremony

September 24, 2018 United Nations Headquarters New York, New York PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. I’m thrilled to be here today with President Moon of South Korea to formally announce the successful completion of the new U.S.-Korea trade deal. It’s a very big deal. This is a great day for the United States and ... Read More»

President is Fulfilling His Promise on the United States–Korea FTA and on National Security

September 24, 2018 “We want to make a deal that’s fair for the United States and fair for South Korea.” President Donald J. Trump IMPROVING BAD TRADE DEALS: President Donald J. Trump has fulfilled his promise to fight for American workers and businesses in an amended trade deal with South Korea. In July 2017, at ... Read More»

President Donald Trump’s Meeting with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

September 24, 2018 Today, President Donald J. Trump met with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea in New York.  President Moon shared with President Trump the outcomes of the September 2018 inter-Korean summit, which included Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un’s reiteration of his commitment to complete denuclearization.  President Trump commended President ... Read More»

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

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 from North Korea. The United States ... Read More»

[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] Korea Society Van Fleet Award Dinner

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea IHO CJ Group Chairman Sohn, Kyung-shik Plaza Hotel, New York September 21, 2018 As Prepared for Delivery – Thank you for your invitation to appear tonight and for the opportunity to address this distinguished audience.  It’s a pleasure to be here and an honor to ... Read More»

President Trump Unveils America’s First Cybersecurity Strategy in 15 Years

September 20, 2018 America’s networks are threatened daily by criminals, terrorists, and foreign adversaries. In the face of growing threats, the Federal Government has the responsibility to do its part to ensure America has the best cybersecurity in the world. Failures to prioritize cybersecurity by both government and industry have left our Nation less secure. ... Read More»

Release of the 2018 National Cyber Strategy

Washington, DC September 20, 2018 Today, the White House released its 2018 National Cyber Strategy, outlining the steps the federal government is taking to advance an open, secure, interoperable, and reliable cyberspace. Given the interconnected and global nature of cyberspace, the State Department engages in key diplomatic and programmatic initiatives to support many key objectives ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Gedacht Emphasizes “i” – I Love Myself

On September 19, Consul Daniel Gedacht performed a reading of his Korean translation of “i” by the American Pulitzer and Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar at the “Eoulim Poem Recitation 2018” of the Busan Municipal Simin Library.  The audience of over 100, ranging from elementary school students to retirees, participated in the call-and-response of “I love myself,” spreading ... Read More»

Excerpts from Secretary Pompeo Interview With Laura Ingraham of Fox News

Washington, DC September 19, 2018 […] SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, I’ll start with North Korea. We have made steady albeit slow progress, but it’s always – we’ve always known this was going to take some time. The South Koreans had a successful engagement – President Moon with Chairman Kim just over the last 48 hours – ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo on the Outcome of Summit Meeting between President Moon and Chairman Kim

Washington, DC September 19, 2018 The United States congratulates President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong Un on the successful outcome of their summit meeting in Pyongyang. We welcome President Moon and Chairman Kim’s reaffirmation of the Singapore joint statement of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, including the permanent dismantlement of all facilities at ... Read More»

Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales on the Release of the Country Reports on Terrorism 2017

Nathan A. Sales Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Via Teleconference September 19, 2018 […] Ambassador Sales: Thanks, Robert, very much for the introduction. And thanks to everyone on the line who called in for today’s call. Country Reports on Terrorism is an important document laying out the United States Government’s assessment of recent counterterrorism trends ... Read More»

Nonproliferation Lessons Learned

Remarks Dr. Christopher Ashley Ford Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Vienna, Austria September 19, 2018 As delivered: Good day, everyone, and thank you for the kind introduction, Laura. This being the 50th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), it’s a big year ... Read More»

Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales on the Release of the Country Reports on Terrorism 2017

Nathan A. Sales Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Via Teleconference September 19, 2018 MR PALLADINO: Thank you. Hello, everyone. This is Robert Palladino. Thank you so much for joining us for today’s call. Today’s call is on the record. And I also want to note that both the call and the report are embargoed until the ... Read More»

UNSC Briefing on Nonproliferation and Implementation and Enforcement of UN Sanctions on North Korea

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 17, 2018 Whether international sanctions succeed or fail depends on the difference between words and deeds. Sanctions are just words on a page unless they are effectively enforced. Russia originally called for this meeting to ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Gedacht on KNN TV’s “People Focus”

On September 17, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht appeared on KNN TV’s morning talk show “People Focus.“  Consul Gedacht introduced the functions and roles of the U.S. Consulate in Busan and shared his personal stories as a U.S. diplomat.  The interview was conducted all in Korean, and he even surprised the anchor and audience by singing ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

Washington, DC September 17, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke by phone yesterday and again today with Foreign Minister Kang of the Republic of Korea. They discussed ROK President Moon Jae-in’s upcoming Summit with the DPRK’s Chairman, Kim Jong Un. In addition, Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang vowed to maintain close coordination on continuing ... Read More»

Statement from the U.S. Mission on a UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea Sanctions

September 14, 2018 Given recent efforts by some Member States to undermine and obstruct North Korea sanctions implementation, the United States has called an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting for Monday, September 17, at 10:00 a.m., to discuss the implementation and enforcement of UN sanctions on North Korea. ### Read More»

[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] Korea-U.S. Alliance Foundation

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Millennium Hilton Hotel September 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m. As Prepared for Delivery – Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a pleasure to be here with you this evening for a wonderful event that honors and reflects our enduring bilateral alliance.  This past week, as many of you ... Read More»

Treasury Targets North Korea-Controlled Information Technology Companies in China and Russia

September 13, 2018 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced North Korea-related designations, continuing the implementation of existing sanctions. Today’s action against two entities and one individual targets the revenue North Korea earns from overseas information technology (IT) workers. “These actions are intended to stop the ... Read More»

Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Russia’s Interference in a UN Report on North Korea Sanctions

September 13, 2018 This week, a report from the UN’s independent Panel of Experts on the implementation of UN North Korea sanctions was submitted to the Security Council. The report submitted to the Council was not the same independent report that was submitted to the UN’s North Korea sanctions committee last month. This version of ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Discussion on Geo-Politics with High School Students

On September 12, Dana M. Jea, Public Diplomacy Officer of the U.S. Embassy and Consul Daniel C. Gedacht met with thirty local high school students at Busan Foreign Language High School for an open and interactive discussion on geopolitical issues, trade, and the U.S.-ROK alliance.   This served as a great opportunity for Mission Korea to ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at the Flight 93 September 11 Memorial Service

September 11, 2018 Flight 93 National Memorial Shanksville, Pennsylvania THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much, Ryan.  So beautiful. We’re gathered together on these hallowed grounds to honor the memory of nearly 3,000 souls who were murdered on this day 17 years ago.  We’re here to pay solemn tribute to the 40 ... Read More»

[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] The Enduring U.S.-ROK Alliance and Future of our Partnership

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Far East Broadcasting Forum September 11, 2018 As Prepared for Delivery – Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen for the warm welcome.  It’s a pleasure to be here, and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you this evening. The U.S. government has a ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence at a September 11 Observance Ceremony

September 11, 2018 National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Washington, D.C. THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Secretary Mattis, General Selva, Your Royal Highness, members of the Cabinet, distinguished members of Congress, members of our Armed Forces, including the 3rd Infantry Old Guard who distinguished themselves on this day, 17 years ago; honored guests, fellow Americans, Pentagon personnel, first responders, ... Read More»

What the World Learned on September 11, 2001

September 11, 2018 [ View Video: 15’20” ] Seventeen years ago, America and the world were forever changed. More than a decade and a half before election as President, Mr. Trump was in New York City on the day when an unprecedented act of terror unfolded across our country. That same resilience played out in two other communities ... Read More»

Press Statement from the Secretary Pompeo On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Washington, DC September 10, 2018 Tomorrow we honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 17 years ago on September 11. Tomorrow also marks six years since the tragic loss in Libya of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods. The diverse nationalities of the victims of ... Read More»

The special representative for North Korea’s first mission

September 10, 2018 The newly appointed U.S. special representative for North Korea will make his first diplomatic trip abroad this month, traveling to the capitals of South Korea, China and Japan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently appointed Stephen Biegun as the special representative to handle negotiations with North Korea. In the September 10–15 trip, Biegun will ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2018

September 7, 2018 During the National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, we pause to honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 innocent people who were murdered by radical Islamist terrorists in the brutal attacks of September 11, 2001.  We come together to pray for those whose lives were forever changed by the loss of a loved ... Read More»

Press Releases: Special Representative Biegun Travel to the Republic of Korea, China, and Japan

Washington, DC September 6, 2018 Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to Seoul, Republic of Korea; Beijing, China; and Tokyo, Japan from September 10–15. The Special Representative will meet with his counterparts and continue diplomatic efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea as agreed to by Chairman Kim ... Read More»

Treasury Targets North Korea for Multiple Cyber-Attacks

September 6, 2018 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today sanctioned one entity and one individual tied to the Government of North Korea’s malign cyber activities.  In a related action, today the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed criminal charges against the same individual, Park Jin Hyok. “We will ... Read More»

Photo Gallery) Consul Emphasizes Failure is A Stepping Stone to Success

On September 4, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht delivered a special lecture to a group of young Korean job seekers at K-Move and shared tips and insights on employment.  He encouraged them to be risk-takers, and to not be afraid to fail as a way to develop expertise, skills, and toughness. K-Move is a government agency ... Read More»

USTR Publishes Agreed Outcomes from US-Korea FTA Amendment and Modification Negotiations

September 3, 2018 Washington, DC – Today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative and Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy published the agreed outcomes of the negotiations to amend and modify the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement.  These outcomes include amendments and modifications to KORUS as well as additional agreements and understandings ... Read More»

New U.S. Trade Policy and National Security Outcomes with the Republic of Korea

“The improved KORUS agreement reflects the President’s leadership in delivering more reciprocal trade outcomes benefiting U.S. workers, exporters, and businesses. The United States and Korea have strengthened an important economic relationship by agreeing to substantial improvements to KORUS that will help rebalance our trade, reduce our trade deficit, and expand U.S. export opportunities.”  – U.S. Trade Representative Robert ... Read More»

President on 55th Anniversary of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” Speech

August 28, 2018 Today, our Nation commemorates 55 years since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March for Jobs and Freedom, and spoke passionately for his dream of equality and justice for all. On August 28, 1963, Dr. King addressed a sea of marchers ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on the Death of Senator John Sidney McCain III

As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator John Sidney McCain III, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang

On August 24, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of the Republic of Korea to discuss next steps on DPRK engagement. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed the United States and the Republic of Korea remain committed to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on Women’s Equality Day, 2018

August 24, 2018 On Women’s Equality Day, we commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which secured for women the right to vote.  The anniversary of this milestone is an appropriate time to reflect on the remarkable accomplishments of women in every facet of American life.  It is also an opportunity to ... Read More»

[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] Globalization v. Regionalism: Notes on the U.S. Perspective

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea East-West Center Alumni Conference Sapphire Ballroom, 3d Floor, Lotte Hotel, Seoul August 24, 2018 As Prepared for Delivery – It is a true privilege to be here with you this morning as part of the East-West Center’s alumni conference. I have had the privilege of ... Read More»

Remarks on the Appointment of Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC August 23, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. I’m excited to announce this morning that Steve Biegun is joining our team as the special representative for North Korea. Steve will direct U.S. policy towards North Korea and lead our efforts to achieve President Trump’s goal of the final, ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa

Washington, DC August 14, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Foreign Minister Kang of the Republic of Korea by phone. They discussed DPRK denuclearization efforts and the need to maintain pressure until we achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK as agreed by Chairman Kim. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang vowed ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Press Statement on the Republic of Korea’s National Day

Washington, DC August 13, 2018 On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I would like to extend my congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea. As you celebrate your national day on August 15, we recognize your commitment to democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law ... Read More»

[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] The U.S.-ROK Relationship: Towards the Next 65 Years

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Korea National Diplomatic Academy August 13, 2018 As Prepared for Delivery – Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. It’s a pleasure to speak with all of you. I want to use my time at the lectern today to discuss U.S.-Korea relations looking forward. There ... Read More»

ASEAN Day 2018

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC August 6, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to congratulate the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat on the organization’s 51st anniversary on August 8th. For over 40 years, ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha

Washington, DC August 4, 2018 Secretary Pompeo met with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha today on the margins of the ASEAN-centered ministerial meetings. They discussed the enduring strength of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, which remains the linchpin of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and across the Indo-Pacific region. The Secretary and Foreign ... Read More»

Press Availability at the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Singapore August 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s been an honor to participate in my first ASEAN ministerial meetings here in Singapore. I want to first thank Foreign Minister Balakrishnan for hosting. We have reaffirmed our strong bilateral relationship, and it’s great to be back in Singapore ... Read More»

[Fact Sheets] President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

July 30, 2018 INDO-PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM: Administration officials reaffirmed a whole-of-government commitment to enhancing economic and commercial engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.   Today, Trump Administration cabinet members and other senior officials joined American business leaders and foreign dignitaries at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington, D.C. The heads of the Department of State, Department of ... Read More»

[Fact Sheet] Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Washington, DC July 30, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo today addressed the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington, DC, to launch the economic and commercial pillars of the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy. Before top U.S. business leaders and foreign dignitaries at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Secretary Pompeo detailed how U.S. business engagement in the Indo-Pacific ... Read More»

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

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 well. I’m glad to see, too, many ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Commemorating the U.N. Forces

On July 27, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht delivered words of appreciation at the Commemoration Ceremony of the U.N. Forces for the sacrifices and contributions of nearly 2 million U.N. soldiers from 22 countries including the United States, who fought for Korea during the Korean War.  Consul Gedacht also addressed the importance of and his desire ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul “Interviews” with Busan e-FM and Dynamic Busan

On July 24, Consul Daniel Gedacht was invited as the special guest of Busan e-FM’s hour-long interview program, “The Interview.”  He answered wide-ranging questions from host Daniel Shin on the role of the U.S. Consulate, as well as his life and career as a diplomat.  Click the link below to listen the interview. http://www.befm.or.kr/radio/ProgramAction.do?cmd=PlayListMgr&prgmId=scent&tab=PRGM_SCRIPT   In the ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Repatriation of Remains from North Korea

THE WHITE HOUSE July 26, 2018 At their historic meeting in Singapore, President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un took a bold first step to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, transform relations between the United States and North Korea, and establish enduring peace. Today, the Chairman is fulfilling part of the ... Read More»

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the Close of the Ministerial Advancing Religious Freedom

Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, D.C. July 26, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Since the earliest days of his presidency, President Trump has directed his administration to advance and defend the rights of religious freedom at home and abroad, because religious freedom is a universal God-given right to which all people are entitled.  It is ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence at Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom

Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. July 26, 2018 Thank you, Secretary Pompeo.  To the Secretary, to Ambassador Brownback, to Administrator Green, Director Mulvaney, to the representatives of more than 80 nations gathered here, and especially to the survivors of religious persecution who honor us by their presence here today: It is my great honor ... Read More»

Advisory Released on Sanctions Risks for Businesses With Supply Chain Links to North Korea

Washington, DC July 23, 2018 The U.S. Department of State, with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is issuing  this advisory  to highlight the sanctions evasion tactics used by North Korea that could expose businesses – including manufacturers, buyers, and service providers – to sanctions compliance risks under U.S. or ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Addresses Integration At the AEIF Symposium

On July 20, Consul Daniel Gedacht delivered welcoming remarks at the opening of the “Symposium of the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2017”, and members of the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy staff participated in a roundtable discussion. AEIF is officially sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and selects the recipients annually.  At the symposium, participants ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Remarks With Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley

UN Headquarters New York, New York July 20, 2018 [ View Video: 10’36” ] 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 this morning, and ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Daniel Gedacht Interviews with Kookje Shinmun

On July 13, Consul Daniel Gedacht gave an interview with Kookje Shinmun and shared his life story and details about his return to Korea after 20 years as the Consul of the U.S. Consulate in Busan.  He expressed his desire to strengthen U.S. – Korea alliance through promoting exchanges and interactions during his term in ... Read More»

Grant Announcement: 2018 American Fab Lab Fellowship

Grant Announcement: 2018 American Fab Lab Fellowship Application Deadline: July 27, 2018 *This Grant has been awarded to Mr. Conor O’Malley. Fellowship Summary: The U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section is accepting applications from U.S. citizens for its American Center Korea (ACK) Maker Space Fab Lab Fellowship to support young Korean professionals’ innovation and creativity in ... Read More»

General Officer-Level Talks Between the United States and the DPRK on the Repatriation of Remains

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC On Sunday, July 15, representatives from the United States held the first General Officer-level talks with the DPRK since 2009. They met to discuss the return of U.S. service members’ remains missing since the Korean War. This meeting was aimed at fulfilling one of the ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Lays A Wreath at Memorial Service of General Whitcomb

On July 12, Consul Daniel Gedacht attended the 36th memorial service of the late U.S. General Richard S. Whitcomb at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK).  General Richard S. Whitcomb is widely respected for his efforts to help Busan children who were orphaned during the Korean War.  He is also recognized for helping ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Welcomes Students from Ulsan Foreign Language High School

On July 9, Consul Daniel Gedacht welcomed 16 students and a teacher from Ulsan Foreign Language High School.  Consul Gedacht opened with welcome remarks and gave a special lecture on the life and career as a U.S. diplomat and shared his experiences from the various countries in which he has served as an American diplomat. ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo at U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateral Meeting

MODERATOR: (In progress) the Japan-U.S.-ROK joint press conference by Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan; Mr. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States; and Dr. Kang Kyung-wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. First, I would like to invite Minister Taro Kono to make a statement. Mr. Kono, ... Read More»

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to Traveling Press

Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, how did the meetings go? MS NAUERT: The Secretary has some comments he wants to make first. SECRETARY POMPEO: So yeah, so let me just – a couple things. We had many hours of productive conversations. These are complicated issues, but we made progress on almost ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Support of LGBTI Rights

U.S. Embassy Seoul looks forward to supporting and participating in this year’s Korea Queer Culture Festival, as we have in years past.  We are proud to display the rainbow “Pride” colors on the façade of our Embassy in Gwangwhamun in solidarity with human-rights and civil-society organizations in the Republic of Korea and around the world ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) CBP Attaché Conducts CLP Training at Gimhae International Airport

On July 5, CBP Attaché Edward V. Bayron and Principal Officer Daniel Gedacht conducted Carrier Liaison Program (CLP) training for employees of Gimhae International Airport and airlines.  The CLP program is designed to enhance U.S. border security by helping commercial carriers to become more effective in identifying improperly documented passengers destined to the U.S.A, Guam, ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate Busan Celebrates the 242nd Anniversary of U.S. Independence

On July 3, U.S. Consulate Busan celebrated the 242nd anniversary of U.S. Independence with over 220 distinguished guests at the Park Hyatt Busan.  Charge d’Affaires Marc E. Knapper delivered welcoming remarks and introduced the new Principal Officer Daniel Gedacht, who addressed how excited he was to be in Busan by leading a toast. Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 28, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On June 28, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Foreign Minister Kang of the Republic of Korea to discuss next steps on DPRK engagement after the historic Singapore summit. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang agreed that ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Mattis with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo in South Korea Prior to Bilateral Meeting

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis June 28, 2018 SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES N. MATTIS:  Thank you Minister Song and it’s a pleasure to see you again after meeting in Singapore earlier this month, of course in Hawaii as well, as we continue with what you accurately described as our water tight consultations. I thank you ... Read More»

Secretary’s 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 [View Video: 7”37’] Republic of Korea Report [ English ] Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Report [ English ] Full Report [Englsih – PDF 9.9 MB]  Senior State Department Official on the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report    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 ... Read More»

2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

The 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report is available in PDF and HTML formats. The PDF is available as a complete one-piece file and as individual sections for easier download. Republic of Korea Report [ English – PDF 132 KB[Korean – PDF 232 KB ] Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Report [ English – PDF 130 KB[Korean – PDF 236 KB ] Full Report [English – PDF 9.9 MB]  Senior State Department Official on the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report  Secretary’s Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony Read More»

Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea

The White House June 22, 2018 On June 26, 2008, by Executive Order 13466, the President declared a national emergency with respect to North Korea pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

U.S. Department of State 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 that you all know, right, work hard, tell the truth, perform ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Assistant Secretary of State Marie Royce Meets WEST Exchange Students

June 22, 2018 – U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational And Cultural Affairs Marie Royce  (3rd from left) Addressed Roughly 200 Korean Participants in the Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) Exchange Heading to the United States for Intensive English Coursework and Professional Internships. Read More»

MEDIA NOTE: The 5th U.S.-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Consultations

U.S. Department of State June 21, 2018 The 5th United States-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Consultations were held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on June 21, 2018, to strengthen our joint commitment to an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure cyberspace. The Cyber Consultations affirmed the benefits of a whole-of-government approach between the Republic of Korea ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo: World Refugee Day

U.S. Department of State June 20, 2018 On World Refugee Day, we join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and our international partners in commemorating the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution and conflict. As global displacement has reached record ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang

On June 17, Secretary Pompeo spoke with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of the Republic of Korea to discuss next steps in the wake of the historic Singapore summit.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed that the United States and the Republic of Korea remain committed to the goal of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization.  ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Discusses U.S. Business Environment

On June 15, Consul Dae Kim spoke on “Cultural Differences from a Diplomat’s Perspective and Life in Silicon Valley” to a group of 40 Korean youths seeking employment overseas at a seminar organized by K-Move.  Consul Kim shared his insights from the six countries he served as a diplomat and six Silicon Valley companies where ... Read More»

Joint Press Conference of Secretary Pompeo, ROK FM Kang and Japanese FM Kono

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Seoul, South Korea [ View Video: 2’34” ] MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to now begin the Korea, U.S., and Japan Foreign Ministers Meeting joint press conference. Today, we have been joined by the Minister Kang Kyung-wha, the Secretary Pompeo, and Foreign Minister Kono. They will speak for five minutes. And as was ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC 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 in the United ... Read More»

Written Statement of Harry B. Harris, Jr. to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Senate Committee on Foreign Relations June 14, 2018 Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Menendez, Distinguished Members of the Committee. I’m honored to be with you today as President Trump’s nominee to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. I’m humbled the President has ... Read More»

Press Conference by President Trump

Capella Hotel Singapore THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much, everybody.  We appreciate it.  We’re getting ready to go back.  We had a tremendous 24 hours.  We’ve had a tremendous three months, actually, because this has been going on for quite a while.  That was a tape that we gave to Chairman Kim and his people, ... Read More»

Joint Statement of President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un at the Singapore Summit

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un at Signing of a Joint Statement

Capella Hotel Singapore PRESIDENT TRUMP:  So we’re signing a very important document, a pretty comprehensive document.  And we’ve had a really great time together, a great relationship.  I’ll be giving a news conference at 2:30, which is in a little bit less than two hours.  And we’ll discuss this at great length.  In the meantime, ... Read More»

WTAS: Support For President Donald J. Trump’s Summit With North Korea

Members of Congress Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “Today I congratulate the President on this major step and share his hope that it will begin a process that leads to an historic peace.” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI): “For decades, American policy toward North Korea has failed, and I commend @POTUS for not accepting ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un Before Expanded Bilateral Meeting

Capella Hotel Singapore PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Chairman, it’s a great honor to be with you.  And I know that we will have tremendous success together, and we will solve a big problem, a big dilemma that, until this point, has been unable to be solved.  I know that, working together, we will get it taken ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un Before Bilateral Meeting

Capella Hotel Singapore Q Mr. President, how do you feel (inaudible)? PRESIDENT TRUMP: I feel really great. We’re going to have a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success. It will be tremendously successful. And it’s my honor. And we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt. CHAIRMAN KIM: (As interpreted.) Well, it ... Read More»

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to discuss recent developments ahead of today’s summit with North Korea. The two leaders vowed to continue their close coordination following President Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. ### Read More»