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

Washington, DC November 19, 2018 U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will meet with Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon in Washington on Tuesday, November 20, to further strengthen our close coordination on efforts to achieve our shared goal of final, fully verified denuclearization. Special ...
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President’s Admin. is Advancing Free and Open Indo-Pacific Through Investments and Partnerships

President Trump’s Administration is Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Through Investments and Partnerships in Economics, Security, and Governance November 18, 2018 A Steadfast and Enduring Commitment: Vice President Pence visited Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Papua New Guinea this week to reaffirm President Trump’s commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific in which all nations are ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Remarks by Vice President and Prime Minister of the Republic Of Singapore in Joint Press Statements

The Istana Singapore November 16, 2018 PRIME MINISTER LEE:  Vice President Pence, ladies and gentlemen, may I extend a very warm welcome to Vice President and Mrs. Karen Pence to Singapore. We last met at the White House last year, in October, when President Trump very kindly hosted me to lunch.  And I’m very happy ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea

November 15, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence met today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea on the margins of the East Asia Summit. Vice President Pence and President Moon reaffirmed the U.S.-ROK Alliance as the linchpin of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the region. They also discussed the ...
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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 ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 6th U.S.-ASEAN Summit

Suntec Convention Centre Suntec City, Singapore November 14, 2018 VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Your Majesty, your excellencies, it is my honor to join you all here at the 6th Summit between the United States of America and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Last year, President Trump attended this summit to share our nation’s vision of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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(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 ...
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Secretary Mattis at an Armed Forces Full Honor Arrival Welcoming ROK Defense Minister to Pentagon

Remarks By Secretary Mattis at an Armed Forces Full Honor Arrival Welcoming Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Jeong to the Pentagon Secretary Of Defense James N. Mattis; Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeongdoo October 31, 2018 (APPLAUSE) SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES N. MATTIS:  Well Minister Jeong, it is an honor ...
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Joint Communiqué of the 50th U.S.-ROK Security Consultative Meeting

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

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

Fact Sheet BUREAU OF OCEANS AND INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS October 30, 2018 During the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia, the United States proudly announced 15 commitments. Together these commitments will strengthen sustainable management of marine resources; prevent plastic and other debris from entering the ocean; support research and observation of ocean ecosystems; ...
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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. ...
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Remarks at UN General Assembly First Committee Discussion on Regional Disarmament and Security

Remarks Robert Wood U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament and U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Issues United Nations New York City October 30, 2018 Mr. Chairman, States base their decisions regarding deterrence and defense on their perceptions of the security environment. The U.S initiative on “Creating the Conditions ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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(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 ...
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[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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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(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 ...
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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 ...
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(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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Readout of Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Washington, DC October 7, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visited Seoul October 7-8 and met with President Moon and Foreign Minister Kang to give a readout of his October 7 trip to Pyongyang. Secretary Pompeo briefed on his meeting with Chairman Kim, which included his introducing Chairman Kim to Special Representative for North ...
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Readout of Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo held productive discussions with Chairman Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang Sunday. They discussed the four elements contained in the U.S.-DPRK Singapore Summit Joint Statement signed by President Trump and Chairman Kim. They also discussed the upcoming second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim and refined options for the location ...
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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul (October 5, 2018)

Location: Jeju and the southern coastal area of Republic of Korea. Event: Typhoon Kong-rey will potentially bring flooding rain and strong winds to the Republic of Korea, particularly to Jeju and the southern coastal area, on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6, 2018.   Please monitor the local news for updates. Actions to Take: Consider ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Tokyo, Pyongyang, Seoul, and Beijing

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

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

United Nations New York City September 27, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning. The 8,363rd meeting of the Security Council is called to order. The provisional agenda for this meeting is non-proliferation/Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea. The agenda is adopted. In accordance with Rule 37, I invite the representatives of Japan and the Republic of Korea to ...
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Secretary Pompeo Launches 2018 PEPFAR Strategy Progress Report

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

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

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 26, 2018 […] Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration. They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first President ever to challenge China on trade. And ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

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

We, the Presidents of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea, hereby reaffirm our close alliance and the importance of maintaining strong, mutually beneficial trade and economic ties between our peoples. We welcome the successful conclusion of negotiations between our governments that have resulted in amendments and modifications to improve the United ...
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Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon at U.S.-Korea FTA Signing Ceremony

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

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

September 24, 2018 Today, President Donald J. Trump met with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea in New York.  President Moon shared with President Trump the outcomes of the September 2018 inter-Korean summit, which included Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un’s reiteration of his commitment to complete denuclearization.  President Trump commended President ...
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International Efforts To Implement UN Security Council Resolutions on DPRK’s Illicit Shipping Activities

Washington, DC September 22, 2018 The United States welcomes coordination on international efforts to implement UN Security Council Resolutions on North Korea’s illicit shipping activities, which prohibit ship-to-ship transfers of any goods or items to or from North Korean vessels of any goods or items going to or coming from North Korea. The United States ...
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[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] Korea Society Van Fleet Award Dinner

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea IHO CJ Group Chairman Sohn, Kyung-shik Plaza Hotel, New York September 21, 2018 As Prepared for Delivery – Thank you for your invitation to appear tonight and for the opportunity to address this distinguished audience.  It’s a pleasure to be here and an honor to ...
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President Trump Unveils America’s First Cybersecurity Strategy in 15 Years

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

Washington, DC September 20, 2018 Today, the White House released its 2018 National Cyber Strategy, outlining the steps the federal government is taking to advance an open, secure, interoperable, and reliable cyberspace. Given the interconnected and global nature of cyberspace, the State Department engages in key diplomatic and programmatic initiatives to support many key objectives ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Gedacht Emphasizes “i” – I Love Myself

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

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

Washington, DC September 19, 2018 The United States congratulates President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong Un on the successful outcome of their summit meeting in Pyongyang. We welcome President Moon and Chairman Kim’s reaffirmation of the Singapore joint statement of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, including the permanent dismantlement of all facilities at ...
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Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales on the Release of the Country Reports on Terrorism 2017

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

Remarks Dr. Christopher Ashley Ford Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Vienna, Austria September 19, 2018 As delivered: Good day, everyone, and thank you for the kind introduction, Laura. This being the 50th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), it’s a big year ...
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Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales on the Release of the Country Reports on Terrorism 2017

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

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 17, 2018 Whether international sanctions succeed or fail depends on the difference between words and deeds. Sanctions are just words on a page unless they are effectively enforced. Russia originally called for this meeting to ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Gedacht on KNN TV’s “People Focus”

On September 17, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht appeared on KNN TV’s morning talk show “People Focus.“  Consul Gedacht introduced the functions and roles of the U.S. Consulate in Busan and shared his personal stories as a U.S. diplomat.  The interview was conducted all in Korean, and he even surprised the anchor and audience by singing ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

Washington, DC September 17, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke by phone yesterday and again today with Foreign Minister Kang of the Republic of Korea. They discussed ROK President Moon Jae-in’s upcoming Summit with the DPRK’s Chairman, Kim Jong Un. In addition, Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang vowed to maintain close coordination on continuing ...
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Statement from the U.S. Mission on a UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea Sanctions

September 14, 2018 Given recent efforts by some Member States to undermine and obstruct North Korea sanctions implementation, the United States has called an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting for Monday, September 17, at 10:00 a.m., to discuss the implementation and enforcement of UN sanctions on North Korea. ###
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[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] Korea-U.S. Alliance Foundation

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

September 13, 2018 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced North Korea-related designations, continuing the implementation of existing sanctions. Today’s action against two entities and one individual targets the revenue North Korea earns from overseas information technology (IT) workers. “These actions are intended to stop the ...
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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Russia’s Interference in a UN Report on North Korea Sanctions

September 13, 2018 This week, a report from the UN’s independent Panel of Experts on the implementation of UN North Korea sanctions was submitted to the Security Council. The report submitted to the Council was not the same independent report that was submitted to the UN’s North Korea sanctions committee last month. This version of ...
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(Photo Gallery) Discussion on Geo-Politics with High School Students

On September 12, Dana M. Jea, Public Diplomacy Officer of the U.S. Embassy and Consul Daniel C. Gedacht met with thirty local high school students at Busan Foreign Language High School for an open and interactive discussion on geopolitical issues, trade, and the U.S.-ROK alliance.   This served as a great opportunity for Mission Korea to ...
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Remarks by President Trump at the Flight 93 September 11 Memorial Service

September 11, 2018 Flight 93 National Memorial Shanksville, Pennsylvania THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much, Ryan.  So beautiful. We’re gathered together on these hallowed grounds to honor the memory of nearly 3,000 souls who were murdered on this day 17 years ago.  We’re here to pay solemn tribute to the 40 ...
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[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] The Enduring U.S.-ROK Alliance and Future of our Partnership

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

September 11, 2018 National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Washington, D.C. THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Secretary Mattis, General Selva, Your Royal Highness, members of the Cabinet, distinguished members of Congress, members of our Armed Forces, including the 3rd Infantry Old Guard who distinguished themselves on this day, 17 years ago; honored guests, fellow Americans, Pentagon personnel, first responders, ...
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What the World Learned on September 11, 2001

September 11, 2018 [ View Video: 15’20” ] Seventeen years ago, America and the world were forever changed. More than a decade and a half before election as President, Mr. Trump was in New York City on the day when an unprecedented act of terror unfolded across our country. That same resilience played out in two other communities ...
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Press Statement from the Secretary Pompeo On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

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

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

September 7, 2018 During the National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, we pause to honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 innocent people who were murdered by radical Islamist terrorists in the brutal attacks of September 11, 2001.  We come together to pray for those whose lives were forever changed by the loss of a loved ...
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Press Releases: Special Representative Biegun Travel to the Republic of Korea, China, and Japan

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

September 6, 2018 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today sanctioned one entity and one individual tied to the Government of North Korea’s malign cyber activities.  In a related action, today the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed criminal charges against the same individual, Park Jin Hyok. “We will ...
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USTR Publishes Agreed Outcomes from US-Korea FTA Amendment and Modification Negotiations

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

“The improved KORUS agreement reflects the President’s leadership in delivering more reciprocal trade outcomes benefiting U.S. workers, exporters, and businesses. The United States and Korea have strengthened an important economic relationship by agreeing to substantial improvements to KORUS that will help rebalance our trade, reduce our trade deficit, and expand U.S. export opportunities.”  – U.S. Trade Representative Robert ...
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President on 55th Anniversary of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” Speech

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

As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator John Sidney McCain III, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang

On August 24, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of the Republic of Korea to discuss next steps on DPRK engagement. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed the United States and the Republic of Korea remain committed to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ...
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Presidential Proclamation on Women’s Equality Day, 2018

August 24, 2018 On Women’s Equality Day, we commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which secured for women the right to vote.  The anniversary of this milestone is an appropriate time to reflect on the remarkable accomplishments of women in every facet of American life.  It is also an opportunity to ...
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[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] Globalization v. Regionalism: Notes on the U.S. Perspective

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

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

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

Washington, DC August 13, 2018 On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I would like to extend my congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea. As you celebrate your national day on August 15, we recognize your commitment to democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law ...
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[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] The U.S.-ROK Relationship: Towards the Next 65 Years

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

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC August 6, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to congratulate the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat on the organization’s 51st anniversary on August 8th. For over 40 years, ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha

Washington, DC August 4, 2018 Secretary Pompeo met with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha today on the margins of the ASEAN-centered ministerial meetings. They discussed the enduring strength of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, which remains the linchpin of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and across the Indo-Pacific region. The Secretary and Foreign ...
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Press Availability at the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Singapore August 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s been an honor to participate in my first ASEAN ministerial meetings here in Singapore. I want to first thank Foreign Minister Balakrishnan for hosting. We have reaffirmed our strong bilateral relationship, and it’s great to be back in Singapore ...
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[Fact Sheets] President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

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

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

Indo-Pacific Business Forum U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC July 30, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s great to be with you. Thank you, Tom, for the kind introduction. Thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for having me here and hosting this important Indo-Pacific Business Forum as well. I’m glad to see, too, many ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul “Interviews” with Busan e-FM and Dynamic Busan

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

THE WHITE HOUSE July 26, 2018 At their historic meeting in Singapore, President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un took a bold first step to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, transform relations between the United States and North Korea, and establish enduring peace. Today, the Chairman is fulfilling part of the ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the Close of the Ministerial Advancing Religious Freedom

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

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

Grant Announcement: 2018 American Instructor Application Deadline: August 5, 2018 Title of Program: English Lounge Program at the American Center Korea Goals and Objectives:   English Lounge program will run on a bi-monthly basis for the period of a year, for a total of 24 sessions.  This program is a way for the embassy to foster ...
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Advisory Released on Sanctions Risks for Businesses With Supply Chain Links to North Korea

Washington, DC July 23, 2018 The U.S. Department of State, with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is issuing  this advisory  to highlight the sanctions evasion tactics used by North Korea that could expose businesses – including manufacturers, buyers, and service providers – to sanctions compliance risks under U.S. or ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Addresses Integration At the AEIF Symposium

On July 20, Consul Daniel Gedacht delivered welcoming remarks at the opening of the “Symposium of the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2017”, and members of the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy staff participated in a roundtable discussion. AEIF is officially sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and selects the recipients annually.  At the symposium, participants ...
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Secretary Pompeo Remarks With Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley

UN Headquarters New York, New York July 20, 2018 [ View Video: 10’36” ] SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good afternoon, everyone.  First I want to commend my good friend Ambassador Haley and her excellent team here at the United Nations.  Her leadership in advancing American interest on North Korea and many other issues has been evident here this morning, and ...
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Grant Announcement: 2018 ACK Digital Program Outreach Fellow (aka Korean Fab Lab Fellow)

Grant Announcement 2018 ACK Digital Program Outreach Fellow (aka Korean Fab Lab Fellow) Application Deadline: August 8, 2018 Grant Summary: The U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section is accepting applications from Korean nationals for the American Center Korea (ACK) Digital Program Outreach Fellowship to support young Korean professionals’ innovation and creativity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ...
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Grant Announcement: 2018 American Fab Lab Fellowship

Grant Announcement: 2018 American Fab Lab Fellowship Application Deadline: July 27, 2018 *This Grant has been awarded to Mr. Conor O’Malley. Fellowship Summary: The U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section is accepting applications from U.S. citizens for its American Center Korea (ACK) Maker Space Fab Lab Fellowship to support young Korean professionals’ innovation and creativity in ...
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General Officer-Level Talks Between the United States and the DPRK on the Repatriation of Remains

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC On Sunday, July 15, representatives from the United States held the first General Officer-level talks with the DPRK since 2009. They met to discuss the return of U.S. service members’ remains missing since the Korean War. This meeting was aimed at fulfilling one of the ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Lays A Wreath at Memorial Service of General Whitcomb

On July 12, Consul Daniel Gedacht attended the 36th memorial service of the late U.S. General Richard S. Whitcomb at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK).  General Richard S. Whitcomb is widely respected for his efforts to help Busan children who were orphaned during the Korean War.  He is also recognized for helping ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Welcomes Students from Ulsan Foreign Language High School

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

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

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

On July 5, CBP Attaché Edward V. Bayron and Principal Officer Daniel Gedacht conducted Carrier Liaison Program (CLP) training for employees of Gimhae International Airport and airlines.  The CLP program is designed to enhance U.S. border security by helping commercial carriers to become more effective in identifying improperly documented passengers destined to the U.S.A, Guam, ...
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U.S. Consulate Busan Celebrates the 242nd Anniversary of U.S. Independence

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

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 28, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On June 28, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Foreign Minister Kang of the Republic of Korea to discuss next steps on DPRK engagement after the historic Singapore summit. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang agreed that ...
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Remarks by Secretary Mattis with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo in South Korea Prior to Bilateral Meeting

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

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC June 28, 2018 [View Video: 7”37’] Republic of Korea Report [ English ] Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Report [ English ] Full Report [Englsih – PDF 9.9 MB]  Senior State Department Official on the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report    MS JOHNSTONE: Hello, and welcome to the Department of State. My name is Kari Johnstone and I’m the acting director for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking ...
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2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

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

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

U.S. Department of State June 22, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. I’m not going to do all 31 flavors for you as they’re not in my prepared remarks. Frankly, I learned a lot actually from that job working scooping ice cream, things that you all know, right, work hard, tell the truth, perform ...
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(Photo Gallery) Assistant Secretary of State Marie Royce Meets WEST Exchange Students

June 22, 2018 – U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational And Cultural Affairs Marie Royce  (3rd from left) Addressed Roughly 200 Korean Participants in the Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) Exchange Heading to the United States for Intensive English Coursework and Professional Internships.
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MEDIA NOTE: The 5th U.S.-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Consultations

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

U.S. Department of State June 20, 2018 On World Refugee Day, we join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and our international partners in commemorating the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution and conflict. As global displacement has reached record ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang

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

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

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend my best wishes to our Muslim friends and partners celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, charity, compassion, and reflection. Eid al-Fitr reminds all of us in the United ...
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Written Statement of Harry B. Harris, Jr. to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

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

Capella Hotel Singapore THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much, everybody.  We appreciate it.  We’re getting ready to go back.  We had a tremendous 24 hours.  We’ve had a tremendous three months, actually, because this has been going on for quite a while.  That was a tape that we gave to Chairman Kim and his people, ...
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Joint Statement of President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un at the Singapore Summit

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

Capella Hotel Singapore PRESIDENT TRUMP:  So we’re signing a very important document, a pretty comprehensive document.  And we’ve had a really great time together, a great relationship.  I’ll be giving a news conference at 2:30, which is in a little bit less than two hours.  And we’ll discuss this at great length.  In the meantime, ...
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WTAS: Support For President Donald J. Trump’s Summit With North Korea

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

Capella Hotel Singapore PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Chairman, it’s a great honor to be with you.  And I know that we will have tremendous success together, and we will solve a big problem, a big dilemma that, until this point, has been unable to be solved.  I know that, working together, we will get it taken ...
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Remarks by President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un Before Bilateral Meeting

Capella Hotel Singapore Q Mr. President, how do you feel (inaudible)? PRESIDENT TRUMP: I feel really great. We’re going to have a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success. It will be tremendously successful. And it’s my honor. And we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt. CHAIRMAN KIM: (As interpreted.) Well, it ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

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

The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected. President Donald J. Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. Following the initial greeting, President Trump and Chairman Kim will participate in a one-on-one meeting, with translators only, an ...
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Press Briefing by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

JW Marriott Singapore SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  Thank you so much for your patience.  It’s certainly worth the wait.  Welcome to Singapore and the filing center here.  We’ll keep this short. I’d like to welcome the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who will answer questions specific to the summit that will take place tomorrow.  And we’ll ...
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U.S.-Republic of Korea Energy Security Dialogue

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The U.S. Department of State hosted the fifth U.S.-Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) Energy Security Dialogue in Washington, DC on June 8, 2018. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-General for Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Scientific Affairs Kwon ...
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(Photo Gallery) Spokesperson Turnbull Demystifies U.S.- Korea Relations for Students

Filling in for Consul Dae Kim for two weeks, Embassy Spokesperson Daniel Turnbull had opportunity to discuss U.S – Korea relations with students at two prominent universities in Busan.  Mr. Turnbull visited Dongseo University and, after a courtesy call with President Chang Jekuk, gave a lecture to forty undergraduate students on the four dimensions—defense, political, ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Canada, Singapore, South Korea, and China

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada on June 9 to join President Donald Trump as the President and leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, as well as the European Union, convene for Group of Seven (G7) meetings. ...
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Remarks by Secretary Mattis at Plenary Session of the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue (Excerpts)

[…] Today I come to share the Trump administration’s whole-of-government Indo-Pacific strategy which espouses the shared principles that underpin a free-and-open Indo Pacific. […] Standing shoulder to shoulder with India, ASEAN and our treaty allies and other partners, America seeks to build an Indo-Pacific where sovereignty and territorial integrity are safeguarded –the promise of freedom ...
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CDA Blog #28: Avengers Movie

To observe World Intellectual Property Day and highlight the problem of piracy, the Motion Picture Association of America, through its global offices, works with U.S. embassies to host screenings of popular films likely to be copied and sold illegally.  That’s why U.S. Embassy Seoul partnered with the Motion Picture Association of Korea to host a ...
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U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Holds Change of Command Ceremony

UNITED STATES INDO-PACIFIC COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE CAMP H.M. SMITH, HAWAII 96861 (808) 477-1341 Press Release CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii — Adm. Phil Davidson relieved Adm. Harry Harris as Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), in a ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Wednesday, May 30. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis presided over the ceremony. ...
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2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Remarks: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces the release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom [ Full Text ] Republic of Korea Report [ English – PDF 84KB ] [ Korean – PDF 549KB ] Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Report [ English – PDF 138KB ] [ Korean – PDF 620KB ] Fact Sheets: Five Things To Know About This Year’s International Religious Freedom Report Release Briefing on the Release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom Full Report  
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Release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC MS NAUERT: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the State Department. Thank you for coming in so early this morning for the unveiling of the International Religious Freedom Report. I’d like to first introduce Secretary Pompeo, who will give some brief remarks and an announcement. And ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On May 24, Secretary Pompeo spoke by telephone with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed their shared commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and to the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of ...
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Background Press Briefing by A Senior Administration Official on North Korea

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:35 P.M. EDT SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Thank you. Good afternoon. So this morning, the President sent a letter to Kim Jong-un. And the President dictated every word of the letter himself. He told Kim Jong-un that, “I was very much looking forward to being there with you.” He said ...
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President Remarks at Signing of S. 2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, Consumer Protection Act

Roosevelt Room 11:54 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I’d like to begin by saying that based on the recent statement of North Korea, I have decided to terminate the planned summit in Singapore on June 12th. While many things can happen and a great opportunity lies ahead, potentially, I believe that this ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

Oval Office 12:06 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to have President Moon of South Korea with us.  We’ve become great friends over the years.  And it’s now — we’ve now known each other for quite some time. We’re working on many things.  Obviously, North Korea is the big ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday evening with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to discuss recent developments in North Korea and to continue their close coordination ahead of President Trump’s June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. President Trump said he looks forward to continuing their conversation when President ...
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President Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals key positions in his Administration: Christopher Fall of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy. Dr. Chris Fall is the Principal Deputy Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy. Dr. Fall served most ...
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President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

Briefing on the Release of New HIV Treatment Results From the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief on its 15th Anniversary Special Briefing Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Via Teleconference MR GREENAN: Good morning, everybody, and thank you for joining us for this on-the-record conference ...
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Secretary Pompeo Remarks With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang at a Press Availability

Benjamin Franklin Room Washington, DC [ View Video 15’11” ] SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon. It is my honor to welcome Foreign Minister Kang to Washington. It is important to meet with such a critical ally so early in my time as Secretary at this incredibly critical time as well. Our alliance with the Republic of Korea was forged in ...
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Statement from Vice President Mike Pence on the Release of Three Americans

Thanks to President Trump’s tough minded diplomacy, three Americans held hostage in North Korea are coming home. While our administration is encouraged that North Korea freed these innocent hostages, we will not let off the pressure until we achieve full denuclearization. Our Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did a remarkable job overseeing the release of ...
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(Photo Gallery) CDA Marc Knapper Bids Bon Voyage at Korea Maritime and Ocean University

On May 9, Chargé d’ Affaires Marc Knapper delivered congratulatory remarks at the ‘Bon Voyage’ ceremony to celebrate the departure of approximately 280 students, faculty, and crew for overseas on-the-job training aboard ‘Hanbada-ho’ and ‘Hannara-ho’ training vessels of the Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan.  After the ceremony, CDA Knapper joined a fishing class ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Release of Three Americans

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other representatives of the United States government traveled to Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9 to prepare for the President’s upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. During Secretary Pompeo’s visit, the North Korean leadership released three American detainees.  President ...
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Fact Sheets: President Trump is Ending United States Participation in an Unacceptable Iran Deal

“The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” President Donald J. Trump PROTECTING AMERICA FROM A BAD DEAL: President Donald J. Trump is terminating the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and re-imposing sanctions lifted under the ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to the White House on May 22, 2018.  This third summit between the two leaders affirms the enduring strength of the United States–Republic of Korea alliance and the deep friendship between our two countries.  President Trump and President Moon will continue ...
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President Trump Proclaims May 2018 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have contributed immeasurably to our Nation’s development and diversity as a people.  During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance.  Through their industriousness and love of country, our Nation ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Interview With Jonathan Karl of ABC’s This Week

Interview Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Riyadh, Saudi Arabia QUESTION: Secretary Pompeo, thank you for joining us on your very first trip as Secretary of State. SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Jonathan. It’s great to be with you. QUESTION: So I want to start with those incredible images that we saw of Kim Jong-un stepping into South Korea – ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to discuss the April 27 meeting between President Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  President Trump thanked President Moon for the close coordination between the Republic of Korea and the United States in the lead-up to his meeting, ...
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Statement from Vice President Mike Pence on the Inter-Korean Summit

The fact that North Korea has come to the table without the United States making any concessions speaks to the strength of President Trump’s leadership and is a clear sign that the intense pressure of sanctions is working. The Korean peace agreement is a step toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but it is just ...
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Mike Pompeo Sworn in as Secretary of State

Mike Pompeo was sworn in as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President’s foreign policies through the State Department, which includes the Foreign ...
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Meet Mike Pompeo, the new Secretary of State

Few Americans possess a resume as varied as that of Mike Pompeo: first in his class at West Point, an editor of the Harvard Law Review, entrepreneur, congressman and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Add a new line to that resume: America’s chief diplomat. Pompeo, 54, was sworn in 26 April 2018 as the ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Inter-Korean Summit

On the occasion of Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, we wish the Korean people well. We are hopeful that talks will achieve progress toward a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean Peninsula.  The United States appreciates the close coordination with our ally, ...
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017

MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who we are as a country, and the United States will continue to ...
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On April 17-18, American Citizen Services (ACS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul provided their off-site services at the Consulate on a walk-in basis, answering inquiries on immigration and citizenship process, accepting applications for passports and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), performing notarial services, etc.  The next ...
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MEDIA NOTE: Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton Travels to Seoul and Tokyo

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Statement from the President on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that ...
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Below are excerpts from the opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at the April 12 confirmation hearing of former CIA Director Mike Pompeio as Secretary of State. America’s Duty to Lead “Make no mistake: America is uniquely blessed, and with those blessings comes a duty to lead.  As I have argued throughout my time in public ...
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CDA Blog #26: Team USA Veterans

I recently had the opportunity to attend multiple events at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, the biggest winter Paralympic games in history.  Watching the competitions was as exhilarating as it was meaningful. The PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games really celebrated the concepts of coexistence and passion.  Becoming a Paralympian requires a lot of hard work ...
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(Photo Gallery) Dan Gedacht Explains Diplomat’s Life to Eighth Graders

Daniel Gedacht, currently a Korean language student at FSI Seoul, visited Busan April 4-6 for a foretaste of the city and the Consulate.   Mr. Gedacht toured and consulted with officials at the Busan American Corner, United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK), Busan Modern History Museum, and several other museums in Busan and Gimhae. Mr. ...
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The U.S.-ROK relationship has never been stronger. At the core of our relationship is our treaty alliance.  For 65 years, the U.S.-ROK Alliance has served as a linchpin for security, stability, and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, in the Asia Pacific region and, increasingly, around the world. There has been no shift in our North ...
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CDA Blog #25: Women’s History Month

Every March, the United States observes Women’s History Month and recognizes the incredible contributions that women have made, and continue to make, to our nation. Since the founding of the United States, women have played an essential role in our society, despite not always receiving the same recognition as their male counterparts.  Although today you ...
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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Another Historic UN Sanctions Package on North Korea

Today, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations secured Security Council support for the largest-ever UN sanctions designation package on North Korea. The UN Security Council’s 1718 North Korea Sanctions Committee unanimously approved 49 new UN designations – 21 shipping companies, one individual, and 27 ships – all aimed at countering North Korea’s illegal maritime ...
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Fact Sheet: New U.S. Trade Policy and National Security Outcomes with the Republic of Korea

“The improved KORUS agreement reflects the President’s leadership in delivering more reciprocal trade outcomes benefiting U.S. workers, exporters, and businesses. The United States and Korea have strengthened an important economic relationship by agreeing to substantial improvements to KORUS that will help rebalance our trade, reduce our trade deficit, and expand U.S. export opportunities.”  – U.S. Trade Representative Robert ...
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Joint Statement by the USTR Robert E. Lighthizer and ROK Minister for Trade Hyun Chong Kim

Today, Ambassador Lighthizer and Minister Kim are pleased to announce that the United States and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreement in principle on the general terms of amendments and modifications to the United States-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).  The nations have also agreed on terms for a country exemption ...
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(Photo Gallery) Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper Pays Respects to Fallen U.S. Soldiers

On March 21, Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper visited and laid a wreath at the “Hill 303 Memorial Park” in Chilgok County with County Mayor Baek Sun-ki.  The Memorial Park commemorates 42 fallen U.S. soldiers killed by North Koreans at “Hill 303” during the Korean War.  Chargé d’Affaires Knapper expressed his gratitude to Korean authorities for ...
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Readout of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster’s Meeting

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang

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

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to discuss ongoing efforts to prepare for their upcoming engagements with North Korea.  Both leaders affirmed the importance of learning from the mistakes of the past, and pledged continued, close coordination to maintain maximum pressure on the North Korean regime.  ...
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CDA Blog #24: PyeongChang Olympics

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games have come to an end, and the Republic of Korea was an amazing host.  Given all of the glowing media reports about the Games’ infrastructure and organization, I’d say that the international community agrees.  Korean cuisine and culture were introduced to a multitude of foreigners in a manner that ...
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Readout of a U.S. Briefing to the UN Security Council on North Korea

The U.S. Mission hosted members of the UN Security Council, the Republic of Korea, and Japan today for a briefing from U.S. National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster. General McMaster briefed the U.S. strategy and emphasized that maintaining the global maximum pressure campaign until North Korea denuclearizes is an essential element of making these historic ...
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Statement from Vice President Mike Pence on North Korea

North Korea’s desire to meet to discuss denuclearization – while suspending all ballistic missile and nuclear testing – is evidence that President Trump’s strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working. The North Koreans are coming to the table despite the United States making zero concessions and, in close coordination with our allies, we have ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Xi Jinping of China

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Xi Jinping of China about recent developments related to North Korea.  The two leaders welcomed the prospect of dialogue between the United States and North Korea, and committed to maintain pressure and sanctions until North Korea takes tangible steps toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization.  President Trump ...
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(Photo Gallery) NEW INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AMBASSADOR VISITS CONSULATE BUSAN

On March 9, Busan city’s new Ambassador for International Relations WOO Kyoung-ha paid a courtesy call on Consul Dae B. Kim.  After exchanging pleasantries the Ambassador expressed hope that the Consulate would provide Non-immigrant visa (NIV) services in the near future to obviate the need for citizens of Busan and nearby regions to travel to ...
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Winter Paralympic Games Highlight Importance of Adaptive Sports Diplomacy Programs

As the PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games commence on March 9, the U.S. Department of State is recognizing the important issues of disability rights and equal access by expanding its support for adaptive sports diplomacy exchange programs worldwide in 2018. The State Department’s International Sports Programming Initiative is supporting a delegation of American coaches and young ...
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Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions on DPRK

On February 22, 2018, the United States determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of North Korea used the chemical warfare agent VX to assassinate Kim Jong Nam, in the Kuala Lumpur airport. These sanctions are in addition to existing U.S. comprehensive sanctions ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson: U.S.-ROK Special Measures Agreement Consultations

Representatives from the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will meet in Honolulu, Hawaii March 7-9 for the first round of consultations to develop the 10th Special Measures Agreement (SMA), which will enter into force in 2019.  Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements Timothy Betts from the Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs ...
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U.S. Presidential Delegation to Attend 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

President Donald J. Trump today announced the members of the Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Korea to attend the Opening Ceremony and events of the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games beginning Friday, March 9, 2018. The Honorable Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to congratulate him on the success of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. President Trump thanked President Moon for his hospitality to the United States Presidential Delegations to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies led by Vice President Mike Pence and Advisor ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2018 as Women’s History Month

Our history is rich with amazing stories of strong, courageous, and brilliant women. Since America’s founding, women have played an integral part in American innovation and productivity, while simultaneously raising generations of lively children and providing leadership in their local communities. Time and time again, women have demonstrated resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges. ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is committed to achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The United States, our Olympic Host the Republic of Korea, and the international community broadly agree that denuclearization must be the result of any dialogue with North Korea. The maximum pressure campaign must continue until North ...
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Joint Statement by United States President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull

The American-Australian alliance is rock solid and based on a common purpose: to promote peace and prosperity. Our friendship is underpinned by a deep alignment of interests and our societies’ shared commitment to the values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law. We recognize that it is more important than ever to defend our ...
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Press Briefing by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on North Korea Sanctions

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U.S. Presidential Delegation to Attend the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics

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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks: Interview With Margaret Brennan of CBS 60 Minutes

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: Celebrating the Lunar New Year

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I wish people around the world good health, peace, and prosperity on the occasion of the Lunar New Year on February 16, 2018. Let us endeavor to continue to foster closer cooperation, promote greater understanding, and build a better world for each other and ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence in Press Gaggle at Cheonan Memorial

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Remarks by Vice President Pence in Meeting with North Korean Defectors

West Sea Protection Hall Seoul, Republic of Korea THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you all for being here.  We’re very grateful for your presence.  We’re very grateful for your courage.  And on our second visit to Korea, my wife and I wanted the honor of meeting with men and women who fled the tyranny of ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence and President Moon of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

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(Photo Gallery) Vice President Mike Pence Meets President Moon Jae-in

February 8, 2018 – Vice President Pence had a productive bilateral meeting with President Moon Jae-in reconfirming the United States’ unwavering commitment to the U.S.-ROK alliance and to deterring and defending against the North Korean threat.  The Vice President is in the Republic of Korea to lead the Presidential Delegation to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games ...
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CDA Blog #23: Trilateral Meeting

Every year, the U.S. Ambassadors to Japan, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea hold a trilateral meeting to discuss issues related to Northeast Asia. This year, in my role as Chargé d’Affaires, I had the honor of inviting Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty and his wife Mrs. Christine Lock-Paddon Hagerty, as ...
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U.S. Presidential Delegation to Attend Winter Olympics

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President and First Lady Announce Additional Special Guests for the State of the Union Address

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are pleased to announce the following special guests, seated with the First Lady, at the President’s first State of the Union Address: Fred and Cindy Warmbier: Fred and Cindy Warmbier’s son, Otto, was a University of Virginia student when he was detained in the Pyongyang airport ...
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Defense Secretary Mattis, South Korean Counterpart Reaffirm Strength of Alliance

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and South Korea Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-South Korea alliance and the mission to defend South Korea and to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula during a bilateral meeting yesterday at  U.S. Pacific Command ’s headquarters in Honolulu, DoD officials reported in a  statement . ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the World Economic Forum

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U.S. Embassy Seoul Public Affairs Hosts a “Sports for All” Winter Camp

U.S. Embassy Seoul hosted a “Sports for All” Winter Camp at the American Center Korea, welcoming over 450 elementary, middle school, and high school students over the course of three days. The event promoted our “Sports For All” Olympic initiative, which seeks to promote equal access to sports.  Participants included North Korean defector students and ...
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U.S.-ROK Hold Second Meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group

The United States of America and the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) held the second meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group (EDSCG) in Washington, D.C., on January 17, 2018. This executive meeting provides a forum for comprehensive discussions on strategic and policy issues regarding extended deterrence against North Korea, including how to better ...
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Co-chairs’ Summary of the Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

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Opening Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson at the Vancouver Summit

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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Talks and Sings at Busan e-FM’s “Morning Wave in Busan”

On January 16, Consul Dae Kim was the special guest on the popular live talk show “Morning Wave in Busan,“ Busan e-FM’s radio program.  During the live interview, he explained the role and function of the U.S. Consulate in Busan and shared his own work experience.  He also played the guitar and sang John Denver’s ...
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President Trump Proclaims January 15, 2018, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., dedicated his life to a vision:  that all Americans would live free from injustice and enjoy equal opportunity as children of God.  His strong, peaceful, and lifelong crusade against segregation and discrimination brought our Nation closer to the founding ideals set forth in the Constitution and the Declaration ...
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U.S. Embassy Seoul Releases “Hello, Korea!” Video featuring Team USA

View Video (2’40”) U.S. Embassy Seoul released a video this week titled “ Hello, Korea! ” which introduces some members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. The video highlights Team USA’s enthusiasm to attend the Games in PyeongChang, their interest in Korean language and culture, and their appreciation to the people of ROK as hosts of the 2018 ...
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Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to Republic of Korea

WASHINGTON, DC – Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will lead the Presidential Delegation to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and attend the Opening Ceremony on February 9, 2018. The Vice President will also visit Seoul, Republic of Korea and Tokyo, Japan to participate in bilateral meetings with leaders to discuss security ...
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Readout of President Donald Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea.  President Moon briefed President Trump on the outcomes of the discussions between North and South Korea on January 9 and thanked President Trump for his influential leadership in making the talks possible.  The two leaders underscored the importance of continuing ...
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Spokesperson statement on Talks between South Korea and North Korea on the Winter Olympics

The United States welcomes the January 9 meeting between the Republic of Korea and North Korea aimed at ensuring a safe, secure, and successful Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.  The United States remains in close consultations with ROK officials, who will ensure North Korean participation in the Winter Olympics does not violate the sanctions imposed by ...
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Defense Secretary Mattis, South Korean Counterpart Discuss Alliance Issues

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2018 — Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo spoke on the phone today to discuss a range of matters pertaining to the U.S.-South Korean alliance, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. In a statement summarizing the call, White said Mattis and Song “recognized the dangers of ...
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Recognizing National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

There are an estimated 25 million victims of human trafficking throughout the world. To raise awareness of this major issue and the United States’ efforts to address it, President Donald J. Trump  proclaimed  January 2018 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. “During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to discuss recent developments on the Korean Peninsula.  The two leaders agreed to continue the campaign of maximum pressure against North Korea and to not repeat mistakes of the past.  The United States and the Republic of Korea are committed ...
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Designations Under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998

In far too many places around the globe, people continue to be persecuted, unjustly prosecuted, or imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief. Today, a number of governments infringe upon individuals’ ability to adopt, change, or renounce their religion or belief, worship in accordance with their religion or beliefs, or be ...
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President Proclaims January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement.  Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation.  It has no place in our world.  This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality.  We also pledge to do ...
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CDA Blog #21: The 50th Anniversary of Korea’s National Park

This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first designated national park in the Republic of Korea, Jirisan Mountain.  All of Korea’s National Parks are managed by the Korea National Park Service (KNPS), which has done an incredible job conserving and protecting Korea’s 21 beautiful national parks.  Established in 1987, 20 years after the opening ...
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Ambassador Haley on the Adoption of Strong New UN Security Council Sanctions on North Korea

December 22, 2017 View Video: 6:37 Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks following the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2397 imposing strong new sanctions on North Korea. The U.S.-drafted resolution imposes groundbreaking new measures on energy, export and import sectors, overseas North Korean laborers, and includes new maritime authorities to ...
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FACT SHEET: UN Security Council Resolution 2397 on North Korea

In response to the November 29, 2017 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch by North Korea, United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2397 imposes strong new sanctions on North Korea’s energy, export, and import sectors with new maritime authorities to help shut down North Korea’s illicit smuggling activities. UNSCR 2397 builds on UNSCR 2375 (2017), which ...
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Press Briefing on the Attribution of the WannaCry Malware Attack to North Korea

The White House James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 9:09 A.M. EST MR. BOSSERT:  Good morning, all.  Sorry for being a little tardy this morning.  I’d like to talk to you today about a cyber issue of significance. In May of this year, a dangerous cyberattack known as WannaCry spread rapidly and indiscriminately across the ...
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Remarks by President Trump on the Administration’s National Security Strategy

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington, D.C. THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please.  I want to thank Vice President Pence, along with the many members of my Cabinet here with us today. I also want to thank all of the dedicated professionals — military, civilian, and law enforcement — who ...
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Fact Sheets: President Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: President Trump’s National Security Strategy

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PyeongChang Games a Beacon for Universal Access to Sports

This winter the world will turn its gaze toward Gangwon Province as the Republic of Korea (ROK) hosts the 23rd Olympic Winter Games.  I congratulate Korea for its extraordinary efforts in preparing for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. These PyeongChang Games represent an opportunity to show the world the ROK’s remarkable achievements since ...
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Secretary Tillerson Speaks at the United Nations

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Secretary Tillerson Remarks at the UN Security Council Ministerial Meeting on D.P.R.K.

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CDA Blog #19: Preparations for PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

On November 25, I had the opportunity to experience firsthand the new Korea Train Express (KTX) line connecting Seoul (and Incheon International Airport) with the eastern city of Gangneung, the main transportation hub for all of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Foreign Minister Kang invited hundreds of foreign diplomats and business and ...
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Remarks on the Adoption of the Agenda Following a Procedural Vote to Allow a UNSC Meeting on Human Rights in North Korea

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 11, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. You know, this is an issue that is repeatedly a problem. We continue to think that there’s a separation between peace and security and human rights, and ...
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Ambassador Haley Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Human Rights in North Korea

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Ambassador Haley Remarks at a Panel Discussion on Human Rights Abuses in North Korea

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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement On International Human Rights Day

Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. For those who ...
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Secretary Tillerson Speaks at a Joint U.S. – EU Statement to the Media

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