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 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 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) fields, to ...
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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 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[Korean – PDF 232 KB ] Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Report [ English[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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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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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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Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to the Press in New York

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Spellman Room, Lotte Palace Hotel New York City SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. As you know, in addition to my meeting with Vice Chairman Kim Yong-chol, we have teams in Singapore and at the DMZ working with their North Korean counterparts to prepare for President Trump and Chairman Kim’s expected ...
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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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Remarks by President Trump at Arrival of Americans Detained in North Korea

Joint Base Andrews Prince George’s County, Maryland May 10, 2018 3:02 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  This is a great honor.  Hopefully everything is going to work out at the highest level.  We want to thank Kim Jong-un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people.  They are really three incredible people.  And the fact ...
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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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Biography: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Term of Appointment: 04/26/2018 to present Mike Pompeo was sworn in as Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. He previously served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 to April 2018. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Mr. Pompeo was serving in his fourth term as ...
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Presidential Message on Earth Day, 2018

Today, our Nation commemorates Earth Day, a celebration of the blessings given to us by our Creator.  Among them, we cherish our magnificent land and waterways, abundant natural resources, and unique wildlife.  As a Nation, it is our duty to recognize the importance of these life-sustaining gifts, and it is our responsibility to protect them ...
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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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Remarks on the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC 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 ...
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(Photo Gallery) ACS and USCIS Provide Off-site Service at the Consulate

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

Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton will travel to Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 22-24, followed by Tokyo, Japan, April 24-27.  During her visits to our treaty allies in Northeast Asia she will reaffirm U.S. alliance commitments and coordinate on issues of importance for the maintenance of security and prosperity in ...
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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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Excerpts from Secretary of State Nominee Pompeo’s Prepared Remarks

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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Excerpts from the Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper at Korean-American Club Forum

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

Readout of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster’s Meeting with National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong of the Republic of Korea and Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi of Japan National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster of the United States, National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong of the Republic of Korea, and Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi of Japan held ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On March 16, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with ROK Foreign Minister Kang in Washington, D.C. Deputy Secretary Sullivan and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance is the lynchpin of stability and security in 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 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

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Statement from the President on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the many incredible contributions made by women of all ages in the United States and around the world.  We honor the vital role of women in our communities, businesses, civil society, and government.  And we reaffirm our Nation’s commitment to ensuring that every person has the opportunity to succeed. ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson: U.S.-ROK Special Measures Agreement Consultations

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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

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Joint Statement by United States President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull

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Press Briefing by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on North Korea Sanctions

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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

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Remarks by Vice President Pence in Meeting with North Korean Defectors

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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

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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

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Remarks by President Trump to the World Economic Forum

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U.S.-ROK Hold Second Meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group

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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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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

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Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to Republic of Korea

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Readout of President Donald Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea

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Spokesperson statement on Talks between South Korea and North Korea on the Winter Olympics

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Defense Secretary Mattis, South Korean Counterpart Discuss Alliance Issues

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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

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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

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FACT SHEET: UN Security Council Resolution 2397 on North Korea

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Press Briefing on the Attribution of the WannaCry Malware Attack to North Korea

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Remarks by President Trump on the Administration’s National Security Strategy

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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

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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

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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

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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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CDA Blog #18: USS Ronald Reagan

Recently, the United States sent three of the world’s largest aircraft carriers – the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) – to the Western Pacific to carry out a three Carrier Strike Force exercise.  This type of exercise, which included ships from the ROK Navy, serves ...
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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 for the second time since North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on November 28. The two leaders discussed next steps to respond to this most recent provocation by North Korea, including how to bring maximum pressure to bear on ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims December 1, 2017, as World AIDS Day

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Ambassador Haley Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea

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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement On the Latest D.P.R.K. Missile Launch

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tina Kaidanow Travels to California, ROK, and the Philippines

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow will travel to California, the Republic of Korea, and the Philippines November 29-December 7, for discussions on a variety of international security issues. In Laguna Niguel, California, Ambassador Kaidanow will deliver remarks at the annual Board of Governors’ Meeting of the Aerospace Industries Association. ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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U.S. Designates North Korea ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’

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Remarks by President Trump Before Cabinet Meeting

* Gray Segment: Korean translation is available here Cabinet Room THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. We just returned from a historic 12-day trip to Asia. Everywhere we went, the American delegation was greeted with tremendous hospitality and tremendous respect. People are respecting our country again, believe me. We brought back more than $300 billion worth of deals, ...
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Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun Travels to the Republic of Korea

Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Joseph Yun will travel to Seoul and Jeju from November 14-17 for meetings with the R.O.K. government. Special Representative Yun will also to participate in the Northeast Asia Platform for Peace and Cooperation Conference and the United Nations Conference on Disarmament.
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Sports for All

November 13, 2017 – Shortly after Team USA’s Olympic speed skating team arrived in Korea to attend the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup, they visited Goyang city for a friendly training session with the Goyang Penguins, a team of developmentally disabled short track skaters.  After demonstrating some on-the-ground exercises like “dry skating,” Team ...
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Press Gaggle by a Senior Administration Official Aboard Air Force One en route Beijing, China

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Joint Press Release by the U.S.-ROK: President Donald Trump’s State Visit to the Republic of Korea

On November 7-8, President Donald J. Trump made the first state visit to the Republic of Korea by a United States President in 25 years.  The President participated in an official state dinner at the Cheongwadae and his third bilateral summit with Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in, addressed the National Assembly, and met with ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea

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Readout of First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to the Republic of Korea

Upon landing at the Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea, First Lady Melania Trump flew to Seoul to help kick off the United States Embassy’s “Girls Play 2!” campaign, which is a program that garners support for the 2018 Winter Olympics and encourages girls’ increased participation in sports. Mrs. Trump then joined her ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Participation in the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit

On November 12-14, the Secretary will join the President in Manila, Philippines, to reaffirm the enduring U.S. commitment to the U.S.-Philippines alliance and the ASEAN-centered regional architecture. The Secretary will join the President in celebrating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and in participating in the U.S.-ASEAN 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit. He will also join President ...
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Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon in Joint Press Conference

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Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon at State Dinner

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Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon Before One-on-One Bilateral Meeting

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

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President Trump’s Trip to Asia

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Consulate Busan Inks MOU With ‘K-Move’

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens : Rallies in Seoul Planned for September 2, 2017 

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rallies in Seoul Planned for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rallies in Seoul Planned for Saturday, August 26, 2017

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Republic of Korea National Day

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08/05/17 – Statement from the Press Secretary on North Korea

President Donald J. Trump commends the United Nations Security Council for passing a new resolution that increases sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent ballistic missile tests.  The President appreciates China’s and Russia’s cooperation in securing passage of this resolution.  He will continue working with allies and partners to increase diplomatic and economic ...
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Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UNSC Resolution 2371 Strengthening Sanctions on North Korea

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Statement by President on Signing the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”

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(Photo Gallery) Chargé d’Affaires Shines at Pohang Fireworks Festival

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07/28/17 – Statement from the President on North Korea’s Second ICBM Launch

North Korea’s test launch today of another intercontinental ballistic missile—the second such test in less than a month—is only the latest reckless and dangerous action by the North Korean regime. The United States condemns this test and rejects the regime’s claim that these tests—and these weapons—ensure North Korea’s security. In reality, they have the opposite ...
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07/28/17 – Press Statement from the Secretary on the Latest DPRK Provocation

The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the second this month, in blatant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that reflect the will of the international community. All nations should take a strong public stance against North Korea, by maintaining and strengthening UN sanctions to ensure North ...
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(Photo Gallery) Concert Celebrates Anniversaries of CNFK, ROK Navy

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07/19/17 – State Department Releases Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2017 Today the State Department released its annual report, Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, which provides the Department of State’s annual Congressionally-mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired from January 1 to December 31, 2016. The report provides policy-related assessments, country-by-country breakdowns ...
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07/19/17 – State Department Releases Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

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07/19/17 – KORUS-AQ: An International Cooperative Air Quality Field Study in Korea

Introduction  Air Quality is an environmental concern of fundamental importance across the globe. The need to monitor and understand air quality requires continual effort as populations grow, energy use increases, and industrial activity evolves. Air quality goals have also evolved as improved understanding of health effects has demonstrated the added benefit of setting lower targets ...
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07/07/17 – Joint Statement from the United States of America, Republic of Korea, and Japan

President Donald J. Trump, President Moon Jae-in, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Hamburg, Germany, on July 6 to discuss the serious and escalating threat posed by the nuclear and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).  The three leaders condemned the DPRK’s unprecedented launch, on July 4, of a ...
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07/07/17 – Press Briefing on the President’s Meetings at the G20

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(Photo Gallery) CBP Attaché Trains Airline, Airport Security, Immigration Service Staff

On July 7, Edward V. Bayron, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Attaché from Embassy Seoul, conducted Carrier Liaison Program (CLP) training at Gimhae International Airport. 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., Guam and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana ...
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(Photo Gallery) Happy 241st Birthday, America!

On July 5, Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper hosted Consulate Busan’s Independence Day Reception at Park Hyatt Busan. He greeted over 240 guests individually and gave welcome remarks, during which he highlighted Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in’s recent visit to Washington, DC. After a brief, dignified ceremony the mood quickly turned festive, with the guests ...
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Now Accepting Applications for Resident Fellowships (Deadline Date: July 31, 2017)

Pacific Forum CSIS would like to announce that the following resident fellowships are now open for application.  The deadline date to apply is July 31, 2017.  A start date in September 2017 is preferable. Worldwide Support for Development-Handa Haruhisa Fellowship The WSD-Handa Fellowship program offers both resident and nonresident fellowships to increase East Asian, US, and European ...
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(Photo Gallery) CDA Attends Musical Rehearsal

On July 5, prior to Consulate Busan’s Independence Day Reception, Chargé d’Affaires Marc E. Knapper conferred with Dongseo University President Jang, Je-guk, observed a rehearsal by the University’s musical theater students, and hosted them to an informal pizza lunch. Dongseo is the only university in Busan which offers a major in musical theater.  
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Frequently Asked Questions on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the U.S.

Q1. Who is subject to the suspension of entry under the Executive Order? Per the Executive Order and the June 14 Presidential Memorandum, the temporary suspension of entry applies, with limited exceptions, only to foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, who are outside the United States as of June 26, 2017, ...
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06/30/17 – Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 30, 2017 PRESIDENT TRUMP :  I want to thank the President of South Korea, President Moon, for being here.  We had a great afternoon yesterday.  We had fantastic dinner at the White House — accomplished a lot, having to do with our ...
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06/30/17 – Joint Statement between the United States and the Republic of Korea

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The White House June 29, 2017 State Dining Room 6:22 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  President Moon, thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to have you at the White House and your very beautiful and lovely wife.  We appreciate it. And we’re going to have tremendous discussions tonight.  I know you’ve been discussing with ...
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06/29/17 – USCIS to Naturalize 15,000 New Citizens During Independence Day Holiday

Citizenship candidates take the Oath at public parks and historic landmarks nationwide. Release Date: June 29, 2017 WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the 241st  anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and our nation’s birthday, by welcoming nearly 15,000 new U.S. citizens during more than 65 Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies across the country this ...
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06/27/17 – Secretary’s Remarks at the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Susan Coppedge Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC June 27, 2017 [View Video: 34”04’] Republic of Korea Report [English] [ Korean – PDF 209 KB ] Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Report [ English ]  [ Korean – PDF  199KB] ...
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06/27/17 – Secretary’s Remarks at the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Susan Coppedge Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC June 27, 2017 [View Video: 34”04’] SECRETARY TILLERSON : Well, thank you so much, Susan, and welcome to all of you to the State Department for this important event, ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at a Joint Press Availability

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC June 21, 2017 View Video: 13’45’’ SECRETARY TILLERSON: Hello. Good afternoon, all. I do want to thank Secretary Mattis, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and PLA Chief of Joint Staff Fang Fenghui for a day of very productive meetings. Secretary Mattis and I were quite pleased ...
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06/20/17 – Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Mattis Host the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

Notice to the Press Washington, DC June 20, 2017 The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense will host the inaugural U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) on June 21, 2017, at the Department of State. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will join Chinese State ...
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06/19/17 – Previewing the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

Special Briefing Susan Thornton, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Via Teleconference June 19, 2017 MS NAUERT: Hi. Good morning, everyone, and thanks for joining us for a preview today of the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue that will take place at the State Department on Wednesday of this week. ...
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CDA Blog #9: United States Congressional Delegations

Numerous U.S. congressional delegations (CODELs) visit the Republic of Korea (ROK) every year.  Unlike the U.S. President, Secretary of State, or other members of the executive branch, a CODEL consists of members and senior staff of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate (collectively, “Congress”), which make up the legislative branch of the ...
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06/19/17 – Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Passing of Otto Warmbier

Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing.  There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him. Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s ...
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(Photo Gallery) U.S. Speaker Headlines Security Conference

On June 9, Professor Bernard Rowan of Chicago State University, visiting Korea under the auspices of Consulate Busan, spoke on “Prospects for Korean Unification” at an international conference of the Korean Association of Area Studies (KAAS), held at Dong-A University in Busan.  Around 100 professors, students and distinguished guests, including Korean Ambassador for North Korean ...
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Acting Assistant Secretary Anita Friedt To Travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan

Washington, DC Acting Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Anita Friedt will travel to Seoul and Tokyo from June 12-16 for meetings and events focused on U.S. nuclear policy and extended deterrence. For more information on the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, visit www.state.gov/t/avc and follow @StateAVC on Twitter.
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Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon’s Travel to Tokyo and Seoul

Washington, DC Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon will travel to Tokyo and Seoul June 12-15. During his visits to our treaty allies in Northeast Asia, he will reaffirm our alliance commitments and continue close coordination on the maintenance of stability and prosperity in the region. While in Tokyo June 12-13, Under Secretary Shannon ...
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(Photo Gallery) U.S. Speaker Discusses Barriers to Korean Unification

June 8, 2017 – Visiting Korea on a Department of State-sponsored program, Dr. Bernard Rowan, Professor of Chicago State University, spoke on “Some Barriers to Korean Unification” to 40-50 undergraduate students and faculty members, and 10 invited guests at the Pukyong National University.  He also took part in a live radio interview with the highly ...