Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Biegun’s Visit to Seoul

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 9, 2020 During his July 7-9 visit to Seoul, Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun met with ROK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Blue House Director of the National Security Office Suh Hoon, Second Deputy Director of the National Security Office Kim ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Secretary and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun

July 8, 2020 Ambassador Lee Do-Hoon and I discussed recent developments on the Korean Peninsula and the potential for us to continue to make progress together on our goals on the Korean peninsula.  I emphasized to Ambassador Lee that the United States strongly supports inter-Korean cooperation, and we believe this plays an important component in ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary and Special Representative for North Korea Biegun Travel to the ROK and Japan

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 6, 2020 Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun will travel to Seoul and Tokyo July 7-10, to meet with officials in the Republic of Korea and Japan to continue close allied cooperation on a range of bilateral and global issues and ... Read More»

Marking The Birth Of Our Great Nation

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 4, 2020 In 1776 on this day, our founding fathers created, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, “a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” For the first time in human history, a nation was brought into being recognizing, ... Read More»

Issuance of the Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 1, 2020 Today, the U.S. Department of State, along with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is issuing an advisory to caution businesses about the risks of supply chain links to entities that engage ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Country-Specific Information: The Republic of Korea (ROK) has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Authorities have confirmed that community-based transmission is occurring in Korea. The U.S. Embassy in Seoul continues to closely monitor developments related to COVID-19 in the ROK. The U.S. Department of State currently has a level 3 travel advisory ... Read More»

Congratulatory Remarks at AMCHAM Doing Business in America Seminar

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Grand Hyatt Seoul, Grand Salon – Lobby Level June 26, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Jim, and AMCHAM members for the invitation to speak with you today.  AMCHAM Korea is lucky to have Jim Kim on its team.  Minister Sung, Representative Suh, ladies and gentlemen, ... Read More»

Trafficking in Persons Report 2020

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons June 25, 2020 The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key ... Read More»

Joint Statement in Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Outbreak of the Korean War

Joint Statement in Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Outbreak of the Korean War by United States Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper and Republic of Korea Minister of Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo U.S. Department of Defense Immediate Release June 24, 2020 Today, the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) recognize and ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Hong Kong

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 17, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin text: We, the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, ... Read More»

Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to North Korea

DONALD J. TRUMP WHITE HOUSE – STATEMENTS & RELEASES Issued on: June 17, 2020 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 ... Read More»

Congratulatory Remarks for Gwanghwamun Arirang Special Art Exhibition

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Gwanghwamun Plaza Monday, June 15, 10:00 a.m. AS DELIVERED Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun, Chairman Ban Ki-moon, Foreign Minister Kang, fellow members of the Diplomatic Corps, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. It’s a great honor to be here today at the opening of the Gwanghwamun Arirang ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea

June 12, 2020 Location:  Republic of Korea (ROK) Event:  The government of Korea has implemented QR code-based registration of visitors at bars, clubs, and other entertainment facilities for better contract tracing of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Effective June 10, 2020, the Republic of Korea (ROK) began a QR code-based registration of patrons at bars, clubs, and ... Read More»

The Department of State’s Plan To Implement the U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security

WOMEN, PEACE, AND SECURITY OFFICE OF GLOBAL WOMEN’S ISSUES JUNE 11, 2020 With the signing of the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017  the United States became the first nation with a comprehensive law on this agenda, reaffirming our strong, bipartisan recognition that when women fully participate in civic and economic life, nations are ... Read More»

2019 Report on International Religious Freedom

OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM JUNE 10, 2020 The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Harry Harris

“I am deeply troubled about the events surrounding the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and the ongoing aftermath. I hurt to see our Nation going through such difficult times. Most demonstrators across the U.S. today are formed in peaceful protests against racism, bigotry and hatred. I stand with them. I share the conviction ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Partners on COVID-19

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 3, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, and the Republic of Korea. Secretary Pompeo and his counterparts discussed the importance of continued close coordination in response to the COVID-19 ... Read More»

31st Anniversary of  Tiananmen Square

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 3, 2020 Today we honor the brave Chinese people whose peaceful calls for democracy, human rights, and a corruption-free society came to a violent end when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sent the People’s Liberation Army into Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, armed with tanks and guns. While the ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 29, 2020 The United States continues to lead in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, illustrated by recent announcements of new foreign assistance that are made possible through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action. The American people have given more than $11 billion that will ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea (May 26, 2020) Location: All Airports in the Republic of Korea (ROK) Event:  The government of Korea has implemented enhanced health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Effective at 00:00 on June 1, foreigners who are long term residents of the Republic of Korea (ROK) will be ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Acting Consul Brian Peterson Joins U.S. Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at UNMCK

On May 25, Acting Consul Brian Peterson took part in the U.S. Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony hosted by Combined Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) with about twenty attendees including Combined Naval Forces Korea Naval Commander Rear Admiral “Buzz” Donnelly.  Consul Peterson laid a wreath at the U.S. ... Read More»

Proclamation on World Trade Week, 2020

As the global leader in innovation and commerce, the United States is willing to do business with any country strongly committed to open, fair, and competitive markets, benefitting our Nation’s farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, service providers, and entrepreneurs.  During World Trade Week, we reaffirm that free, fair, and reciprocal trade is essential to driving economic growth and ... Read More»

Countries Certified as Not Cooperating Fully with U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 13, 2020 Yesterday, the Department of State notified Congress that Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Cuba were certified under Section 40A(a) of the Arms Export Control Act as “not cooperating fully” with U.S. counterterrorism efforts in 2019. This is the first year that Cuba has been certified ... Read More»

Joint Readout From the 12th Japan, Republic of Korea, and U.S. Defense Trilateral Talks

Immediate Release May 13, 2020 Defense officials from Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and the United States met via video-teleconference on May 12/13th, 2020, for the twelfth Defense Trilateral Talks (DTT). Japanese Director General for Defense Policy Akihiro Tsuchimichi, ROK Deputy Minister for National Defense Policy Chung Sukhwan, and U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of ... Read More»

Indo-Pacific Cooperation on COVID-19

Fact Sheet May 12, 2020 As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for our collective ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea (May 12, 2020)  Location: Itaewon, Seoul  Event: The Republic of Korea government asks all visitors to Itaewon nightclubs or bars from April 24-May 6 to seek COVID-19 testing at their nearest public healthcare center or by calling 1339. Testing is available to all foreign residents at no cost. Please continue ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Videoconference with Partners on COVID-19

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 11, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, Japan, and the Republic of Korea today via videoconference. Secretary Pompeo and his counterparts discussed the importance of international cooperation, transparency, and accountability ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) 500,000 Masks Donated for U.S. Korean War Veterans Depart Gimhae Air Force Base for Andrews Air Force Base

On May 8, 2020, the Acting Consul Peter Yoon at the U.S. Consulate Busan attended the send-off ceremony for the Korean military air flight carrying 500,000 masks (6.5 tons) bound for Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.  The 70th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee and the Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs ... Read More»

Proclamation on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2020

PROCLAMATIONS April 29, 2020 […] Throughout our Nation’s history, Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have made significant contributions to every aspect of our society, from business and politics to literature and the arts. Their accomplishments have enriched our Nation and stand as a testament to the power of the American Dream. During Asian ... Read More»

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

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 6, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha yesterday to discuss the two countries’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Kang for the close cooperation and information sharing ... Read More»

Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants

Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak April 22, 2020 The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly disrupted the livelihoods of Americans.  In Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020 (Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak), I declared that the COVID–19 ... Read More»

The United States Continues Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response

U.S. Continues Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response With More Than $270 Million in Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State April 22, 2020 […] For more than a half century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance.  Through the American people’s ... Read More»

Joint Press Statement for the 17th Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD)

Immediate Release April 21, 2020 […] Both sides assessed the ongoing joint work to conclude the 11th Special Measures Agreement (SMA), emphasizing the importance of concluding the SMA at a fair and mutually agreeable level that strengthens the ROK-U.S. Alliance and its combined defense posture. Both delegations reviewed the Conditions-Based Operational Control (OPCON) Transition Plan ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room April 18, 2020 […] THE PRESIDENT: As our experts said yesterday, America’s testing capability and capacity is fully sufficient to begin opening up the country, totally. Indeed, our system is by far the most robust and advanced anywhere in the world, by far. The rest of the world will ... Read More»

Release of U.S. Government Action Plan to Support the International Response to COVID-19

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson April 16, 2020 In collaboration with U.S. departments and agencies, the Department of State is releasing the U.S. Government Action Plan to Support the International Response to COVID-19. Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face ... Read More»

UPDATE: U.S. is Continuing to Lead the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson April 16, 2020 The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic even while we battle the virus at home.  As part of this comprehensive and generous  response from the American people, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International ... Read More»

Legislative Elections in the Republic of Korea

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State April 15, 2020 The United States would like to congratulate the Republic of Korea on holding successful legislative elections.  The ROK’s dedication to democratic values in the face of a global pandemic is a hallmark of a truly free, open, and transparent society–qualities that are necessary in ... Read More»

The United States Issues an Advisory on North Korean Cyber Threats

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson April 15, 2020 On April 15, the U.S. Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Treasury, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an advisory to raise the awareness of the cyber threat posed by North Korea.  The advisory highlights North Korea’s malicious cyber activities around the world, identifies U.S. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea

April 13, 2020 Location: All Airports in the Republic of Korea (ROK) Event: Effective April 14, the Republic of Korea expanded its inbound passenger screening to include testing of all passengers arriving from the United States.  Previously, passengers on U.S. flights were tested only if they presented symptoms upon arrival.  As a result of the change, long-term ... Read More»

Continuing US Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response Through Additional US Foreign Assistance

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State April 8, 2020 Thanks to the unmatched generosity of the American people and the efforts of the U.S. Government, the United States has continued to lead the world’s public health and humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are building on that leadership, with another $225 million ... Read More»

Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19

April 7, 2020 Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S Department of State is limiting its passport operations worldwide .  Effective April 8, we have limited ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas. Please consider waiting to apply for routine services until we resume normal operations. U.S. Embassy Seoul can assist with an ... Read More»

NOTICE for U.S. Citizen Abroad

STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program Subscribe to get up-to-date safety and security information and help us reach you in an emergency abroad. Enroll for alerts at  step.state.gov . In Case of Emergency: Call (02)397-4114 (Republic of Korea); +82-(0)2-397-4114 (overseas); or E-mail:  seoulinfoACS@state.gov. Recommended Web Browsers: Internet Explorer 11 with compatibility view or Google Chrome. Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea

April 4, 2020 Location: Republic of Korea Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in South Korea. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government has no plans to arrange repatriation flights in South ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea 

April 1, 2020 Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea  Location: Seoul Global Center, Southwest Seoul Global Center, Seongdong Global Migrant Center, Seongbuk Global Migrant Center, Eunpyeong Global Migrant Center, Yangcheon Global Migrant Center, Geumcheon Global Migrant Center and Gangdong Global Migrant Center  Event:  Seoul Metropolitan Government  to Provide Free Face Masks to Foreigners at Eight Locations The ... Read More»

U.S. Support for ASEAN in Fighting COVID-19

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson March 31, 2020 As the leader in the global health and humanitarian response to COVID-19, the United States has acted swiftly to support our ASEAN partners in combating the COVID-19 virus. Since the outbreak began, the U.S. government has provided approximately $18.3 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to ... Read More»

The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson March 31, 2020 “Whenever you see high quality, effective COVID-19 aid being delivered around the world by UN humanitarian and relief agencies, what you are seeing is the generosity of the American people and those who share our humanitarian values.  We are by far the largest contributors to organizations ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 31, 2020 […] QUESTION: But I’m wondering, if people are dying and sanctions relief would help, regardless of whether or not it empowers the regime, would it ever come to a point where you would reconsider your position?  Thank you. SECRETARY POMPEO: ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Roundtable Interview With Journalists from East Asian and Pacific Media Outlets

INTERVIEW MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 30, 2020 […] MS WALSH:  Thank you, sir.  Our next question will go to Haye-ah Lee from Yonhap. QUESTION:  Good morning, Mr. Secretary.  Thanks for doing this. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Hello.  Yes, ma’am. QUESTION:  North Korea issued a statement a few hours ago that said that on the ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea

March 30, 2020 Location:  All Airports in South Korea Event:  Two Week, Government Facility Quarantine Will be Required for All Short-Term Travelers to South Korea The government of Korea has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or ... Read More»

U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 26, 2020 The U.S. government has rapidly mobilized unprecedented resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at home and abroad.  Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States has made available nearly $274 million in emergency health and humanitarian funding. Along with the ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 25, 2020 […] First, we spent a substantial amount of time on threats posed by authoritarian states.  The Chinese Communist Party poses a substantial threat to our health and way of life, as the Wuhan virus outbreak clearly has demonstrated.  The CCP ... Read More»

Department of State’s Global Effort To Bring Americans Home

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 24, 2020 The Department of State is rising to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, every day, all over the world. We have no higher duty than to protect American citizens, and have launched an unprecedented global effort to bring home our citizens from every ... Read More»

Remarks by President, Vice President, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room March 22, 2020 […] Q — Secondly, did you send a letter to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, seeking cooperation with the coronavirus? THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. With numerous countries. Yeah. Q And, if so, what type of — THE PRESIDENT: Sure. With numerous countries. If they need help, we’ll ... Read More»

President Trump Announces More Actions to Confront Global Pandemic

March 20, 2020 President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force announced additional actions today as part of the ongoing, government-wide response to the global pandemic: To help American families and businesses, the Treasury Department announced that Tax Day will be moved from April 15 to July 15. No interest or penalties will be charged ... Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

March 19, 2020 The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for ... Read More»

U.S. Scientists Work Tirelessly on Coronavirus Vaccines

ShareAmerica March 19, 2020 U.S. innovators are rushing to combat the new coronavirus, with vaccines already in development and new treatment options being tested in the United States and Asia. The rapid response received a boost this month as President Trump signed into law $8.3 billion in federal funds to fight COVID-19. The funding is ... Read More»

Ambassador Harris’ Message to U.S. Citizens in the Republic of Korea

  Dear Fellow American Citizens in the Republic of Korea, As the Korean Government continues its comprehensive and aggressive fight against COVID-19,  which we strongly support, I would like to reassure you that the U.S. Embassy remains open and operational to meet our highest priority, which is the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens in ... Read More»

Suspension of Routine Visa Services

In response to worldwide challenges related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Department of State is suspending routine visa services in all countries with a level 2, 3, or 4 U.S. Department of State travel advisory.  Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy to the Republic of Korea will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as ... Read More»

Briefing With Senior State Department Officials on China’s Expulsion of U.S. Journalists

SPECIAL BRIEFING OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON VIA TELECONFERENCE MARCH 18, 2020 […] Our objectives are the same. We want to develop a productive relationship with the PRC. It’s going to take a little bit of a harder stance, we think, to get them to buy into that. The second part is our strategy hasn’t really ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 17, 2020 […] QUESTION: I was wondering if you could give us a more specific sense on how coronavirus has affected the State Department, how many employees have been tested, tested positive, quarantined, or teleworking? And then separately, a note that went out ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with People’s Republic of China Politburo Member Yang Jiechi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 16, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke by phone on March 16 with Yang Jiechi, Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China. Secretary Pompeo conveyed strong U.S. objections to PRC efforts to shift ... Read More»

G7 Leaders’ Statement

March 16, 2020 We, the Leaders of the Group of Seven, acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic is a human tragedy and a global health crisis, which also poses major risks for the world economy.  We are committed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure a strong global response through closer cooperation and enhanced coordination of ... Read More»

Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

March 15, 2020 Level 3: Reconsider Travel The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases ... Read More»

Remarks by President, Vice President, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room March 14, 2020 […] DR. BIRX: Yeah. No, thank you, Mr. Vice President, for mentioning that because, as I told you, in South Korea there are 250,000-plus tests. About 96-plus percent were negative. So — and that was with symptoms. So we’re working very hard integrating everything they have ... Read More»

President Trump Declares National Emergency to Address Coronavirus

Rose Garden March 13, 2020 […] To unleash the full power of the federal government in this effort, today I am officially declaring a national emergency.  Two very big words.  The action I am taking will open up access to up to $50 billion of very importantly — very important and a large amount of ... Read More»

President’s Science Advisor Leads Conf. Call with Government Science Leaders on COVID-19

President Trump’s Science Advisor Leads Conference Call with Government Science Leaders from Around the World on COVID-19 The Second Conference Call in a Series: WHOSTP Director Leads Scientific Diplomacy on COVID-19 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of Science and Technology Policy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2020 Today, the Director of the White House Office of ... Read More»

Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

March 11, 2020 Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions.  Even countries, jurisdictions, ... Read More»

2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo on the Release of the 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices March 11, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Hello, everyone.  Good morning.  Every year, for 44 years, the State Department has written the most comprehensive and fact-based human rights report in the world. State Department team members in Washington and our embassies ... Read More»

Presidential Message on International Women’s Day, 2020

March 8, 2020 Across the United States and around the world, women are making important contributions to global prosperity, security, government, and innovation.  As we celebrate these remarkable achievements on International Women’s Day, we also recognize the critical role our Nation plays in advancing equal opportunity for all women so that they can reach their ... Read More»

Briefing with Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper

SPECIAL BRIEFING R. CLARKE COOPER, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF POLITICAL-MILITARY AFFAIRS PRESS CORRESPONDENTS’ ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 6, 2020 […] QUESTION:  Can I ask about SMA with South Korea?  General Abrams has issued the 30-day notice of furloughs.  So could you just update us on the status?  And also, will the coronavirus outbreak affect any ... Read More»

Press Briefing by Vice President Pence and Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room March 4, 2020 […] Q    You’ve put travel restrictions on travel Italy and South Korea.  Are you considering more — imposing more restrictions on travel? THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’m going to ask Dr. Fauci to speak to that.  At this time, they’re not recommending that the President impose ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, South Korea

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, South Korea (March 4, 2020) Location: International Airports in South Korea Event:  As of 12:00 a.m. on March 3 the Republic of Korea (ROK) began temperature screening all passengers on direct flights from the ROK to the United States.  This mandatory screening applies to all passengers on U.S.-bound flights. ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Call with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 3, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: On February 29, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun spoke by phone with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. The two discussed the COVID-19 outbreak and the two countries’ response. Deputy Secretary Biegun and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center National Harbor, Maryland February 29, 2020 […] And we’re raising the State Department travel advisories for South Korea and Italy, unfortunately, including a level four — that’s the highest: “Do not travel.” It’s a “do not travel” advisory for several areas of both countries. There are two areas of ... Read More»

Readout from the White House Coronavrius Task Force Meeting

March 1, 2020 Vice President Mike Pence today convened a regularly scheduled White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting via phone at 4:00 pm EST. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield provided the latest update on the Coronavirus including the actions ... Read More»

Remarks by President, Vice President, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room February 26, 2020 THE PRESIDENT: Johns Hopkins…they did a study, comprehensive: “The Countries Best and Worst Prepared for an Epidemic.” […] This is a list of the different countries.  The United States is rated number one most prepared.  United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Thailand, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea, Finland.  ... Read More»

Health Alert: The Republic of Korea (ROK) Raises Red Alert for Infectious Disease

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html The ROK raised its infectious-disease alert to red, the highest level, after the number of COVID-19 cases increased over the past several days, especially around Daegu and the Gyeongbuk areas.  The red alert strengthens the coordination between the central government and local government to help contain the spread of the virus.  The ROK ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Travel Advisory South Korea – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Exercise Increased Caution due to an outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2).    A novel (new) coronavirus disease, recently designated as COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness.   The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in China in ... Read More»

Health Alert: Increase of COVID-19 Cases in the Republic of Korea (ROK)

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html As of 5:00pm on February 21, the Korea Center for Disease Control has confirmed 204 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Korea, including one death.  This is a substantial increase over the past 48 hours largely due to a cluster of cases identified in the city of Daegu, which is located ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Discusses Diplomacy With Model UN Students from Gimhae

On February 21, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht welcomed 12 students from two high schools in Gimhae, led by their Fulbright English Teaching Assistants.  The students visited the Consulate as part of the Model United Nations convention class, and had an opportunity to learn about the role and function of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Korea. ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Discusses Creating Actions for Sustainable Fishing

On February 20, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht welcomed newly-appointed Ambassador for Marine Stewardship Council Korea (MSC), Laura McLuckie, and engaged in discussion to increase consumers’ awareness of sustainable fishing. MSC is an international non-profit organization, which establishes certification standards for sustainable fisheries to minimize overfishing, illegal fishing, and destruction of the marine environment in order ... Read More»

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

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERS ON FEBRUARY 15, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in a trilateral meeting on the margins of the Munich Security Conference. Secretary Pompeo, Foreign Minister Kang, ... Read More»

Grant Opportunity (NOFO: PD-SEOUL-FY20-01)

Funding Opportunity Title: American Spaces Makerspace Fellow Grant Program Funding Opportunity Number: PD-SEOUL-FY20-01 Deadline for Applications: March 8, 2020 CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Type of Funding:  FY20 Smith-Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds Total Amount Available: $25,000 Length of performance period: 6 months Anticipated program start date:  May 2020 Number of awards anticipated: 1 award *** ... Read More»

Vulnerability of North Korean People to Coronavirus Outbreak

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson February 13, 2020 The United States is deeply concerned about the vulnerability of the North Korean people to a coronavirus outbreak. We strongly support and encourage the work of U.S. and international aid and health organizations to counter and contain the spread of coronavirus in the DPRK. The United ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Increased Korean Government Screenings for Coronavirus

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html February 13, 2020 U.S. citizens who visit the Republic of Korea (ROK) may experience increased health screenings and delays in accessing routine health care while traveling in-country due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns.  Before you travel to the ROK, visit the Korea Immigration Service website for the latest information on ROK entry restrictions.  The Korean government also ... Read More»

Readout of Deputy Special Representative for North Korea Alex Wong’s Trip to Seoul

Media Note February 12, 2020 Deputy Special Representative for North Korea Alex Wong met with officials from the Republic of Korea Blue House, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Unification to discuss the continued U.S.-ROK coordination on achieving our shared goals of complete denuclearization and bringing lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula in ... Read More»

The United States Announces Assistance To Combat the Novel Coronavirus 

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 7, 2020 This week the State Department has facilitated the transportation of nearly 17.8 tons of donated medical supplies to the Chinese people, including masks, gowns, gauze, respirators, and other vital materials. These donations are a testament to the generosity of the American people. Today, the ... Read More»

A Free and Open Indo-Pacific Fact Sheet

The United States is committed to upholding a free and open Indo-Pacific region based on shared values, including respect for sovereignty and the independence of nations; the peaceful resolution of disputes; free, fair, and reciprocal trade; and adherence to international law. We work with our allies and partners, bilaterally and through regional institutions, to address ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in State of the Union Address

U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. February 4, 2020 THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you very much. Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — and my fellow citizens: Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback.  Tonight, I stand before you ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html February 4, 2020 Location: Republic of Korea Event: Coronavirus Outbreak: Travel Restrictions and Safety Measures The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China and subsequently declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). For ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html February 1, 2020 Location: Throughout the Republic of Korea Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. On February 1, the Korea Center for Disease Control (KCDC) announced 12 confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus in the Republic of Korea. Actions to Take: Consult ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Addresses AISA Math/Leadership Conference

Sharing his experiences with success and failure as a U.S. diplomat, Busan Consul Daniel C. Gedacht addressed students and teachers from international schools in Korea and Japan at the AISA Math/Leadership Conference on January 17.  Held at International School of Busan (ISB), the AISA leadership conference is a noncompetitive, collaborative event for students to develop ... Read More»

Congratulatory Remarks at Association of American States Offices in Korea’s 30th Anniv. Luncheon

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Association of American States Offices in Korea (ASOK) 30th Anniversary Luncheon Event InterContinental Seoul, COEX January 15, 2020 AS PREPARED Thank you very much for this certificate of recognition. First, congratulations on an impressive 30-year Anniversary!  We’re here today to celebrate the foresight that the ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha 

Readout Office of the Spokesperson January 14, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: ‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang in Silicon Valley, California.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed continued close U.S.-ROK coordination on North Korea.  The Secretary and Foreign Minister ... Read More»

Trilateral Meeting between U.S. Secretary, ROK Foreign Minister, and Japanese Foreign Minister

Readout Office of the Spokesperson January 14, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: ‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Silicon Valley, California.  Secretary Pompeo, Foreign Minister Kang, and Foreign Minister Motegi emphasized the importance of ... Read More»

Congratulatory Remarks on “K-Pop and Innovation” at 2020 New Year Seminar

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea 2020 New Year Seminar: K-Pop and Innovation January 14, 2020 AS DELIVERED President Lee Geun, Professor Lee Jang-woo, President Kim Ki-woong, President Lee Soo-man, seminar organizers, ladies and gentlemen, Thank you very much for inviting me here today to join this 2020 New Year Seminar, ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Celebrating the Opening of Subway Korea’s First Drive-Thru

Consul Daniel C. Gedacht cut the ribbon at Subway Korea’s first drive-thru branch in Daegu on January 14.   Joining Gedacht were Subway Korea Country Manager Colin Clark,  Regional Director for North Asia Koh Kek Sin, Executive Director of AMCHAM Korea Gene Oh, staff, and about 30 others to open the first of several drive-thru outlets ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Meeting with Republic of Korea National Security Advisor Chung

Readout Office of the Spokesperson January 9, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: On January 8, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Blue House Director of the National Security Office Chung Eui-yong in Washington, D.C.  Deputy Secretary Biegun and Director Chung reaffirmed close U.S.-ROK coordination on ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press 

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC January 7, 2020 […] QUESTION:  Mr. Secretary, it’s an election year, and you’re now facing two nuclear-related crises in – with Iran and North Korea.  Are you optimistic about resolving either of those without them sort of blowing up, so to speak, at ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul

January 7, 2020 Location: Republic of Korea Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad.   The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.   Actions to Take:  Keep a low profile.  Be aware ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Discusses Start-up Culture and Entrepreneur Sprit with POSTECH

On January 6, Busan Consul Daniel C. Gedacht paid a visit to Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), a top-notch research university in Korea. He met with Dr. Park Joon-won, POSTECH Provost & Executive Vice President, and discussed how to advance the entrepreneurial spirit in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) sector. Consul ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Chuck Todd of NBC Meet the Press

INTERVIEW MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 5, 2020 QUESTION: Joining me now is the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Secretary Pompeo, welcome back to Meet the Press, sir. SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, Chuck. It’s good to be with you this morning. QUESTION: Let me start with the shooting – the strike against Soleimani, the ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Maria Bartiromo of Fox Sunday Morning Futures

INTERVIEW MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 5, 2020 QUESTION: Joining me right now is the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Mr. Secretary, thanks very much for spending the time this morning SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s good to be with you, Maria. Thank you for having me on this morning. QUESTION: You said this – you ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Margaret Brennan of CBS Face the Nation

INTERVIEW MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 5, 2020 QUESTION: We turn now to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Good morning to you, Mr. Secretary. SECRETARY POMPEO: Margaret, good to be with you. Thanks for having me on the show this morning. QUESTION: Does eliminating Qasem Soleimani take out the specific plot that you say ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Jake Tapper of CNN State of the Union

INTERVIEW MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 5, 2020 QUESTION: Joining me now, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Mr. Secretary, thanks so much for joining us this morning. Let’s start about this new threat from President Trump. Is the tweet accurate? Is the U.S. really preparing to hit non-military, cultural targets in ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Major Garrett of CBS Evening News

Interview Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State December 31, 2019 […] QUESTION:  Let me move you to North Korea, because just before you came in, Mr. Secretary, a couple of things were announced by the state media in North Korea.  One, that, according to Kim Jong-un on the state media, the world will, quote, “witness ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Pete Hegseth, Rachel Campos Duffy, and Dean Cain of Fox and Friends

Interview Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Ben Franklin Room Washington, D.C. December 30, 2019 […] QUESTION:  Real quick, though.  Last question.  North Korea has been a big issue for the Secretary of State and Defense, and they had promised a Christmas gift, a missile test, if their demands weren’t met.  Are you anticipating anything ... Read More»

Special Representative Biegun Travels to the Republic of Korea and Japan

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 13, 2019 Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to Seoul and Tokyo December 15-19 to meet with his counterparts in the Republic of Korea and Japan and continue close allied coordination on North Korea.  Deputy Special Representative for North Korea Alex Wong and NSC Senior Director for ... Read More»

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Resolution Supporting the Republic of Korea

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee December 11, 2019 WASHINGTON – Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved his bipartisan resolution expressing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Korea and the contributions of Korean ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov At a Press Availability

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. DECEMBER 10, 2019 […] QUESTION: Good afternoon, Mr. Secretary. On North Korea and your discussions with North Korea, are you satisfied with Russian and other countries’ sanctions enforcement? And then also within the past week, North Korea has warned of a “Christmas gift” ... Read More»

International Human Rights Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 10, 2019 In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to identify common rights and freedoms for all people in all nations. An American, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, chaired the UN Human Rights Commission that drafted this landmark ... Read More»

[OP-ED] United States and South Korea : Expanding our Partnership in the Indo-Pacific Region

[OP-ED] By Harry Harris, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Last week the Republic of Korea hosted its third special summit with ASEAN, making it the first nation ever to do so. This distinction is no coincidence. For many years South Korea has played an important role with ASEAN. In November 2017, the Moon ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) U.S. Business Launch in Busan

On December 5, Consul Daniel Gedacht celebrated the launch of service in Busan of Lime, an American last-mile mobility start-up that provides electric scooters.  Gedacht helped cut the ribbon and took the stage to welcome the company to Busan, a congested city where the environment-friendly scooters offer an alternative, more accessible and emission-free way to ... Read More»

[OP-ED] Europe Must Put Security First With 5G

OP-ED MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE POLITICO EUROPE DECEMBER 2, 2019 EU communications ministers will gather in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss how to safeguard emerging fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks. Their decisions could have lasting impacts on European countries’ ability to protect their people’s privacy, and ultimately, safeguard their freedoms. 5G networks will soon ... Read More»

The U.S., China, and Pluralism in International Affairs

REMARKS DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS BROOKINGS INSTITUTION DECEMBER 2, 2019 As Prepared Good afternoon. Thank you to the Brookings Institution for inviting me. I’ve been asked to speak today about the People’s Republic of China, and its intentions for shaping the global order. I will do so ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Supporting Human Rights For All

Speaking from the stage in Korean to over 1,000 attendees at the First Annual Gyeongnam Queer Culture Festival in Changwon, Busan Consul Daniel Gedacht stated, “The United States supports LGBTI Rights as Human Rights.”  Distributing embassy tote bags, stickers, and other material with “LGBTI Rights = Human Rights” emblazoned on them, Consul Gedacht was widely quoted ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Gives Congratulatory Remarks at ‘Water Data Utilization & Capacity Building in the Mekong Region’ Kickoff Mee

On November 28, Consul Daniel Gedacht gave congratulatory remarks at the ‘Water Data Utilization & Capacity Building in the Mekong Region’ kickoff meeting in Busan with 100 experts in attendance.  Consul congratulated the opening of ‘the Korea-Mekong Water Resources Joint Research center’, which will provide the basis for safe and efficient utilization of the abundant ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang

Readout Office of the Spokesperson November 24, 2019 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:On November 23, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Nagoya, Japan on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The Deputy Secretary and Foreign Minister pledged to maintain ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Consul Discusses the American Entrepreneurial Spirit on Busan eFM’s “Morning Wave in Busan”

On November 21, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht appeared as a special guest on the Busan eFM radio program “Morning Wave in Busan” to talk about the Busan-Fukuoka English Startup Pitch Contest and the Consulate’s effort to improve Korea-Japan relations locally.  Executives from two Busan-based startup companies that participated in the contest appeared to share their ... Read More»

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

Readout Office of the Spokesperson November 21, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: ‎Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang today.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang pledged to maintain close coordination and reaffirmed the importance of the ROK-Japan relationship. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang praised ... Read More»

United States and South Korea Reach Agreement on Guaranteed Market Access for American Rice

United States Trade Representative November 19, 2019 Washington, DC –  United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue are pleased to announce that the Trump Administration has reached an agreement with the government of South Korea on market access for U.S. rice. Under the agreement, Korea will provide access for 132,304 ... Read More»

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»

(Photo Gallery) Celebrating International Friendship and Cooperation

On November 16, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht traveled to Daegu to address over 600 people attending annual Daegu-Gyeongbuk International Exchange Assocation (DGIEA) dinner.  Co-hosted by Gyeongsangbuk-do Governor Lee Cheol-woo, Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin, and Keimyung University President Synn Ilhi, more than 20 countries sent diplomatic representatives to celebrating international friendship and cooperation. 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»

The China Challenge

SPEECH MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK HUDSON INSTITUTE’S HERMAN KAHN AWARD GALA OCTOBER 30, 2019 MR MURDOCH: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to be here with you tonight to honor a man of many, many achievements and titles: Captain Pompeo, Editor Pompeo, Chief Executive Pompeo, Representative Pompeo, Director Pompeo, Secretary ... 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

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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

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

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(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

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(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

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

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Promoting prosperity in the Indo-Pacific

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

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

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Working Together for the Future of the Indo Pacific Region

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(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

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

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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

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

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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»

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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

Washington, D.C. June 20, 2019 […] SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Welcome. First, I want to welcome all of the human trafficking survivors in attendance here today. You are all heroes. This is a very special morning. You are all standing up to ensure that no one else suffers the abuse that you endured. And ... Read More»

“Thank you KAFS!”

June 14, 2019 – Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Mitchell Moss delivered commemorative remarks at the 28th Korea America Friendship Night. He thanked the Korea America Friendship Society (KAFS) for its tireless efforts to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the Republic of Korea. Read More»

Deputy Secretary John Sullivan’s Call with Republic of Korea Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young

June 14, 2019 Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan John J. Sullivan spoke by phone last night in Washington D.C. with the newly appointed Republic of Korea Vice (ROK) Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young. The Deputy Secretary and the Vice Foreign Minister reaffirmed their commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Is Supporting Women’s Political Empowerment

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to India, Sri Lanka, Japan, and the Republic of Korea

June 11, 2019 Secretary Pompeo will travel to India, Sri Lanka, Japan, and the Republic of Korea June 24-30 to broaden and deepen our partnerships with key countries to advance our shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. In New Delhi, Secretary Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of ... Read More»

[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] “The Future of the Cloud”

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Facebook Korea June 5, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you all for being here this afternoon, especially Representative Choung Byoung-gug and Director General Kwon Jun-wook. I’d also like to thank K-Internet for collaborating with us on this event. Under the leadership of Chairperson Han Seong-sook and ... Read More»

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 3, 2019 CITY HALL THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome. The prime minister and I were just remarking on what a great crowd, what a great group we have here. Thank you, Madame Mayor, for joining us as well and hosting us. I ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan’s Meeting with ROK President Moon Jae-in

June 3, 2019 Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan met with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to discuss the security environment on the Korean Peninsula, combined readiness in support of diplomatic negotiations, and strengthening of the U.S.-ROK Alliance. Acting Secretary Shanahan thanked President Moon for the ROK’s continued support for ... Read More»

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

June 2, 2019 Japanese Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya, Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo, and U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan convened the 12th Trilateral Defense Ministerial Meeting in Singapore on June 2 on the margins of the International Institute for Strategic Studies 18th Asia Security Summit (2019 ... Read More»

Acting Secretary Shanahan En Route Press Gaggle – Singapore to ROK

June 2, 2019 […] Q:  Yeah, what was your key take away from that today? SEC. SHANAHAN:  Well, the biggest takeaway for me was the level of cooperation and interaction between the Republic of Korea and Japan.  I mean, the — Minister Iwaya and Minister Jeong have a very good relationship.  Cohesion there was quite ... Read More»

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

May 9, 2019 – U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris (4th from left) poses, from left, with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin at the completion ceremony of Lotte Chemical’s ethane cracking complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. Lotte Chemical completed the construction of a $3.1 billion complex ... Read More»

(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

Morgan Ortagus Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 6, 2019 As we reflect on North Korea Freedom Week, we recognize the efforts of the North Korean defector and human rights community to continue to shine a spotlight on the dire human right situation in North Korea. For decades, the regime in North Korea has subjected its ... Read More»

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

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

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»

President Donald Trump Is Working Closely with Our Ally and Friend the Republic of Korea

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(Photo Gallery) WeWork Launches Its First Office in Busan

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

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

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(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

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Secretary Pompeo, Interview With Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday

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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

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

Routine Message- U.S. Embassy Seoul (January 9, 2019) Location: Republic of Korea – Seoul and Nationwide Event: New Korean laws taking effect in 2019 may impact U.S. citizens visiting, living, or working in the Republic of Korea.  All citizens are advised that they are required to respect Korean laws and adhere to local regulations.  The ... Read More»

Religious Freedom Designations

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Human Rights Day

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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

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Remarks by Vice President Pence at World AIDS Day Event

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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

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Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region

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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

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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

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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»

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

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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

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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

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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»