COVID-19 Information

Last updated:(24 Sep. 2021) ***  Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in ... Read More»

Secretary’s Trilateral Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi and ROK Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participated in a trilateral ministerial with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong and Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu today in New York City on the margins of the UN General Assembly. The ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 21, 2021 THE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow delegates, to all those who dedicate themselves to this noble mission of this institution: It’s my honor to speak to you for the first time as President of the United States. We meet this year in a ... Read More»

Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim’s Trilateral Meeting with Japanese Director General Funakoshi and ROK Special Representative Noh

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 Today in Tokyo, U.S. Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim participated in a trilateral meeting with Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Funakoshi Takehiro and Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs ... Read More»

Under Secretary Fernandez’s Call with Republic of Korea (ROK) Second Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-moon

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose Fernandez spoke with Second Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-moon of the Republic of Korea (ROK) on September 7. During the call, the Under Secretary affirmed the U.S.-ROK Alliance as a global partnership grounded in ... Read More»

Special Representative Kim Meeting with ROK Special Representative Noh

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 30, 2021 U.S. Special Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Ambassador Sung Kim met on August 30 with Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk. The two sides discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula and prospects ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 29, 2021 The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Busan Museum of Contemporary Art

On August 24, Director Kim Seong-Yeon welcomed Consul David J. Jea to the Busan Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA).  MoCA is the primary venue for the Busan Biennale and is hosting cutting edge art installations that included an interactive environmental history of the Nakdong river basin, exploration of the environmental impacts of art exhibitions, and the harms of racial discrimination.  ... Read More»

Travel of Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim to Seoul

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson August 20, 2021 U.S. Special Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Ambassador Sung Kim will travel to Seoul, August 21-24. During his visit, Special Representative Kim will meet with Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk and other ... Read More»

U.S. sends 400,000 Janssen doses to ROK; to arrive Sunday

Press Release August 14, 2021 The United States will provide our close ally and partner the Republic of Korea with 400,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine for use in the general population as part of the international partnership for fighting the pandemic. The doses are scheduled to depart Memphis International Airport ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Remarkable ASEAN Culture House Builds Bridges to Southeast Asia

On August 6, Consul David J. Jea toured the impressive Busan-based ASEAN Culture House operated by the Korea Foundation.  The well-equipped facility hosts everything from regional cooking lessons to virtual reality tours and cultural exhibits on its multiple floors.  In a meeting with ASEAN House Director General Park Mi-sook, Consul Jea highlighted U.S.-ROK bilateral efforts ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Diplomatic Support for Busan-Chicago Sister City Relationship

On August 4, U.S. Consul David J. Jea joined ROK Consul General Dr. Kim Young Sok to congratulate Chicago Sister Cities International, Rotary Club of Chicago, and Busan Foundation for International Cooperation on their virtual meeting recapping recent highlights of their sisterhood, sharing Busan’s roadmap for the future, and discussing future collaboration.   Read More»

(Photo Gallery) CitiBank Opens New Busan Office

On August 5, Consul David J. Jea visited CitiBank Busan at its newly opened office atop the Busan International Finance Center (BIFC).  CitiBank is one of the first international banking tenants at the BIFC. The discussion with CitiBank representatives in Busan, Seoul, and Hong Kong touched on the rising importance of Busan as a financial ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 5, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong the evening of August 5. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Chung emphasized the importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance to promoting security ... Read More»

U.S.-ROK Director General/Deputy-Level Consultation Meeting

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson August 5, 2021 U.S. Deputy Special Representative for the DPRK Dr. Jung Pak hosted the first interagency U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Director General/Deputy-Level Consultation (DLC) meeting with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Unification, and Blue House officials, along with National Security Council, Treasury, and Defense participants on August ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Honoring the Sacrifice of the UN Sending States on Armistice Day

On July 27, Consul David J. Jea honored the sacrifice and contributions of the courageous men and women of the UN sending states during the Korean War. Their service gave birth to the Republic of Korea’s freedom, democracy, and prosperity. Many survivors who return to the beautiful UN Memorial Cemetary and UN Peace and Memorial ... Read More»

A Proclamation on National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2021

PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS JULY 26, 2021 The United States and the Republic of Korea are allies with a long history of shared sacrifice. In a call to defend freedom and democracy abroad, 1.8 million Americans joined the fight to protect our Korean Peninsula allies from the communist regimes in North Korea and The People’s Republic of ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Choi

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson July 23, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman met with Republic of Korea (ROK) First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun today in Seoul. Deputy Secretary Sherman and First Vice Foreign Minister Choi emphasized the importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Learning about Busan’s North Port Redevelopment

On July 23, Ms. Kang Sun-sim of the Busan Port Authority provided a tour of Busan’s exciting North Port redevelopment project. This ambitious initiative ushers in new commercial opportunities for one of Northeast Asia’s great marine gateways and new alluring entertainment and cultural options for the people of Busan and Southeast Korea. Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with ROK Minister of Unification Lee In-young and ROK Vice Minister of Unification Choi Young-joon

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Republic of Korea Minister of Unification Lee In-young and Republic of Korea Vice Minister of Unification Choi Young-joon in Seoul today. Deputy Secretary Sherman, Minister Lee, and Vice Minister Choi emphasized ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong in Seoul today.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and Foreign Minister Chung emphasized the importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance in achieving our shared vision of ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in today in Seoul. Deputy Secretary Sherman and President Moon reaffirmed the U.S.-ROK Alliance as the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in Northeast Asia, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Seoul Telephone Outage

U.S. Embassy Seoul is experiencing a telephone outage and currently cannot receive incoming calls. We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible. We do not have an estimate for when phone service will be restored. If you cannot reach the American Citizens Services unit by phone about an emergency involving a U.S. citizen, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Korea Electronic Travel Authorization Required as of September 1

July 20, 2021 Starting September 1, 2021, U.S. citizens traveling to Korea must have a valid visa or an approved Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Korea for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain a K-ETA. Apply at the K-ETA website for ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Trilateral Meeting with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori and Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Choi

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 20, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori Takeo and Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong Kun today in Tokyo. During the meeting, the Deputy Secretary and the two vice foreign ... Read More»

Grant Opportunity (PD-SEOUL-FY21-04)

Funding Opportunity Title: Exploring American Values Exchange Program Funding Opportunity Number: PD-SEOUL-FY21-04 Deadline for Applications: August 23, 2021, 11:59 p.m. GMT+9 Assistance Listing Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Total Amount Available: $150,000 This notice is subject to availability of funding. The U.S. Embassy Seoul of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) New U.S. Consul’s Arrival to Busan by Bicycle Spotlights Climate Change and the Alliance

On July 16, Consulate Busan’s new Consul David Jea arrived at Busan Metropolitan City Hall from Seoul after covering 570 km over six days.  In partnership with the public diplomacy section, the ride raised awareness of Embassy Seoul’s signature climate action program “Oori Earth.” Read More»

Grant Opportunity (NOFO: PD-SEOUL-FY21-03)

Funding Opportunity Title: American Instructors for English Lounge Series Program at the American Spaces Korea (seven American Spaces) Funding Opportunity Number: PD-SEOUL-FY21-03 Deadline for Applications: August 6, 2021, 11:59 p.m. GMT+9 Assistance Listing Number: 19.441 Total Amount Available: $48,750 – For American Center Korea (Seoul): $3,750 – For six American Corners (Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Pyeongtaek, Gangreung, and Jeju): ... Read More»

Trafficking in Persons Report 2021

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons July 1, 2021 The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key ... Read More»

#OoriEarth Eco-Challenge Social Media Contest Official Rules

Contest Sponsors The <Oori Earth Eco-Challenge> is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy Seoul. Description of the Contest This is a social media contest to raise awareness about U.S. Embassy Seoul’s climate action network Oori Earth and to gather people in South Korea interested in climate change issues through fun and engaging activities.  There ... Read More»

Travel of Special Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Sung Kim to Seoul

Office of the Spokesperson June 17, 2021 U.S. Special Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Ambassador Sung Kim will travel to Seoul, June 19-23. Special Representative Kim will join a trilateral meeting with Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk and Japanese Director-General for ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 12, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong in Cornwall today. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Chung reaffirmed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance is the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in Northeast ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Vice Foreign Minister Choi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 9, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Today, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met Republic of Korea Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong Kun in Washington. The Deputy Secretary and the Vice Foreign Minister reaffirmed the U.S.-ROK Alliance as the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on the United States’ Commitment to Open Investment

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES JUNE 08, 2021 The Open Investment Policy of the United States is a pledge to treat all investors fairly and equitably under the law. As Governors, CEOs, and other public and private sector leaders come together at the 2021 SelectUSA Summit this week, I want to reiterate my administration’s commitment to ensuring ... Read More»

On Pride Month

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 1, 2021 During this year’s Pride Month, we celebrate an important message: “You are Included.” The diverse experiences, perspectives, and contributions of the State Department community make our institution stronger and advance the goals of American diplomacy. Out of many, we are one. The Department has ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden and H.E. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea at Press Conference

SPEECHES AND REMARKS East Room MAY 21, 2021 PRESIDENT BIDEN: Hello, everyone. Please. Please be seated. Today, I’ve been honored to welcome to the White House President Moon. And I got an opportunity to spend some private time with him, as well as with our delegations. This is only the second person — head of ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: United States – Republic of Korea Partnership

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES MAY 21, 2021 The United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) pledge to strengthen our alliance and to broaden its focus to address issues of critical importance to the Indo-Pacific region and the world. We will deepen our cooperation on advanced technologies, increase global vaccinations and protect the world from future ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden and President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

State Dining Room May 21, 2021 PRESIDENT BIDEN: I am honored to have President Moon here at the White House today for the second foreign leader visit, head-of-state visit in my presidency. The United States and the Republic of Korea are allies with a long history of shared sacrifice. And in a personal note, I ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Launch of Pay.gov DS-82 Passport Renewal Online Fee Payment Pilot

May 21, 2021 The Department of State is pleased to announce that U.S. Embassy Seoul has been selected as a pilot location for payment of DS-82 passport renewal fees online.  Beginning May 23, 2021, passport applicants wishing to pay for their DS-82 renewal application online may visit https://kr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/adult-passport/ to determine eligibility to use this option.  If ... Read More»

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 16, 2021 This year’s May 17 marks 16 years since the first International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). In the intervening period, the United States has endeavored to reaffirm the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, ... Read More»

U.S.-ROK Pledge to Increase Cooperation on ASEAN and Southeast Asia

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 13, 2021 The United States and the Republic of Korea committed to expanding cooperation in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific in support of ASEAN centrality and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific during the first U.S.-ROK Dialogue on ASEAN and Southeast Asia on May 12.  State Department Bureau ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Busan-U.S. Consider eSports Cooperation

Busan Mayor Park Heong-joon welcomed Consul Gordon S. Church to City Hall on May 12 to discuss ways to promote trade, post-COVID tourism, and cooperation. Busan exports $3.5 billion in goods annually to the United States, has active sister city relationships with Chicago and Los Angeles, and is exploring exciting new areas of cooperation, including ... Read More»

2020 Report on International Religious Freedom

OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM MAY 12, 2021 The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 5, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong in London to promote trilateral solidarity and discuss shared concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 3, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong in London. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Chung reaffirmed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance is the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in the ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Asian American and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2021

APRIL 30, 2021 PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS This May, during Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we recognize the history and achievements of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) across our Nation. In the midst of a difficult year of pain and fear, we reflect on the tradition of leadership, resilience, and courage ... Read More»

Statement by White House Spokesperson on the Visit of President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

Statements and Releases April 29, 2021 President Biden looks forward to welcoming Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in to the White House on May 21, 2021. President Moon’s visit will highlight the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea, and the broad and deep ties between our governments, people, and economies. ... Read More»

Grant Opportunity (NOFO: PD-SEOUL-FY21-02)

Funding Opportunity Title: Young Korean Climate Activists Exchange Program Funding Opportunity Number: PD-SEOUL-FY21-02 Deadline for Applications: July 2, 2021, 11:59 p.m. GMT+9 Assistance Listing Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Total Amount Available: $150,000  *** This notice is subject to availability of funding. The U.S. Embassy Seoul of the U.S. Department of State announces an ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Connecting Busan to the United States

On April 28, Consul Gordon S. Church presented Busan’s Kim Yung Mi with a certificate commemorating her completion of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the premier professional exchange program arranged by the United States. Ms. Kim participated in the virtual Digital Economy program and is the newest member of the prestigious IVLP Alumni Network. Read More»

On the Occasion of North Korea Freedom Week

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON APRIL 28, 2021 On this occasion of North Korea Freedom Week, we stand with the millions of North Koreans who continue to have their dignity and human rights violated by one of the most repressive and totalitarian states in the world, including the more than 100,000 individuals who suffer ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES APRIL 23, 2021 One Day One, President Biden fulfilled his commitment to rejoin the Paris Agreement. Days later, he took executive actions to ensure we tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad – all while creating jobs and strengthening our economy. This week, he held a historic summit with 40 world ... Read More»

Earth Day 2021

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 22, 2021 Today, the 51st Earth Day, we must work together to combat the climate crisis and restore our Earth for the benefit of everyone. Each year, an estimated one billion people around the world mobilize for action on Earth Day, and this year, the United ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Honoring Korean War Veterans

On April 22, Consul Gordon S. Church opened the ‘Project Soldier’ photo exhibition.  He praised the Korean War generation that answered the call to serve alongside South Korea.  He further noted that today, the world faces new challenges, including COVID-19, the climate crisis, and the suppression of democratic rights.  Photographer Rami Hyun’s moving imagery depicts ... Read More»

Grant Opportunity (NOFO: PD-SEOUL-FY21-01)

Funding Opportunity Title: Request for Statement of Interest for Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022 Funding Opportunity Number: PD-SEOUL-FY21-01 Deadline for Applications: This SOI covers two application submittal periods, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For Fiscal Year 2021: June 30, 2021, 11:59 p.m. GMT+9, in order to be funded by September 30, ... Read More»

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Media Roundtable

Remarks John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Seoul, Republic of Korea April 18, 2021 Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry: Anyway, good morning everybody, I’m happy to be with you. U.S. Embassy Seoul Spokesperson William Coleman: Thanks again everybody for waiting. For those of you who I haven’t met, my name is Bill ... Read More»

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to China and the Republic of Korea

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 13, 2021 Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Shanghai and Seoul April 14-17, 2021, to discuss raising global climate ambition ahead of President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate April 22-23 and the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention ... Read More»

United States-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral National Security Advisors’ Press Statement

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES APRIL 02, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan of the United States, National Security Secretariat Secretary General Shigeru Kitamura of Japan, and National Security Office Director Suh Hoon of the Republic of Korea (ROK) met for talks on April 2, 2021 at the United States Naval Academy to consult on the United ... Read More»

Background Press Call on the Upcoming Trilateral Meeting with Japan and the Republic of Korea

PRESS BRIEFINGS Via Teleconference APRIL 01, 2021 SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us. A reminder that today’s call will be on background, attributed to a senior administration official. The contents of this call will be embargoed until 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time tonight. Our speaker today is [senior ... Read More»

Statement by NSC Spokesperson on the U.S.-Japan-ROK Trilateral National Security Advisors’ Dialogue

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES MARCH 30, 2021 On Friday, April 2, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will welcome National Security Secretariat Secretary General Shigeru Kitamura of Japan and National Security Advisor Suh Hoon of the Republic of Korea for a trilateral dialogue at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. This trilateral meeting, which follows ... Read More»

2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR MARCH 30, 2021 The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on ... Read More»

(Photo Gallery) Imagine the Future of 4th Industrial Revolution Technologies

On March 29, Science & Technology Officer Ayanda Francis-Gao described the possibilities of the 4th Industrial Revolution with Changwon National University graduate students in a seminar organized with U.S. Consulate Busan.  The United States and Republic of Korea collaborate on research and development under a Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement.       Read More»

(Photo Gallery) North Gyeongsang’s Strong Connection to the United States

On March 25, Consul Gordon S. Church hosted a North Gyeongsang Province delegation led by Vice Governor Koo Hyun-mo for a discussion on cooperation, investment, and exchanges. The dynamic province exports over $7 billion in goods annually to the United States, is home to over 1,000 Americans, and enjoys sister city relationships with U.S. states ... Read More»

Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances

SPEECH ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS AGORA BRUSSELS, BELGIUM MARCH 24, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon. A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary as State, I spoke directly to the American people.  I said that my number one job is to ensure that America’s foreign policy delivers for them – ... Read More»

Statement by President Biden on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES MARCH 21, 2021 One of the core values and beliefs that should bring us together as Americans is standing against hate and racism, even as we acknowledge that systemic racism and white supremacy are ugly poisons that have long plagued the United States. We must change the laws that enable discrimination in ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the 2021 Republic of Korea – United States Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting (“2+2”)

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 18, 2021 The following statement was released by the Governments of the United States and the Republic of Korea: Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong and Minister of National Defense Suh Wook hosted a Joint Foreign and Defense Ministerial meeting with United States (U.S.) ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin’s Meeting with Republic of Korea President Moon

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 18, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in today in Seoul. During the meeting, they reaffirmed that the strong U.S.-ROK Alliance is the linchpin ... Read More»

Secretary Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and ROK President Moon Jae-in Before Their Meeting

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BLUE HOUSE SEOUL, KOREA MARCH 18, 2021 PRESIDENT MOON:  (Via interpreter)  (In progress) The Republic of Korea was chosen in the Biden-Harris administration’s first cabinet-level overseas trip, and the fact that you two are visiting Korea demonstrates that the Biden-Harris administration (inaudible). We welcome America’s ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Yang Man-Hee of Seoul Broadcasting System

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE CHIEF OF MISSION RESIDENCE SEOUL, KOREA MARCH 18, 2021 QUESTION: (Via interpreter) I understand that you will soon leave the country to have a meeting with China, and I would like to thank you very much for selecting SBS for your last interview before leaving the country. SECRETARY ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken, Secretary of Defense Austin, ROK Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, and ROK Defense Minister Suh Wook at a Joint Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA MARCH 18, 2021 *MODERATOR:*  (Via interpreter)  Ladies and gentlemen, foreign and defense ministers. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  We will now start the joint press conference of the ROK-U.S. foreign and defense ministers.  The opening remarks will ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Lee So-Jung of Korean Broadcasting System

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEOUL, KOREA CHIEF OF MISSION RESIDENCE MARCH 18, 2021 QUESTION:  (Via interpreter) So first, you picked Korea and Japan as your first nations to visit after you took office as the Secretary of State.  Of course, you spent some time in Korea in 2016 as the deputy secretary, ... Read More»

Strengthening the Ironclad U.S.-ROK Alliance

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 17, 2021 “America’s alliances are our greatest asset, and leading with diplomacy means standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies and key partners once again.” – President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., February 4, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will travel to ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 17, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Today in Seoul, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Chung reaffirmed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance is the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in ... Read More»

U.S.-ROK Alliance – Expanding Bilateral Cooperation for the 21st Century

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 17, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and the Republic of Korea Minister for Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong reaffirmed the vital importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance as the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in Northeast Asia, in a free and open Indo-Pacific, and across the world.  ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong Before Their Meeting

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA MARCH 17, 2021 FOREIGN MINISTER CHUNG:  (Via interpreter.) I’d like to sincerely welcome Secretary Blinken on his visit to Korea. The Korea-U.S. Alliance is the backbone of our diplomacy as well as the linchpin of peace and prosperity in Northeast ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at Virtual Meet and Greet with Mission Republic of Korea Staff and Family Members

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AMERICAN CENTER KOREA SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA MARCH 17, 2021 MR RAPSON:  Hello, everyone.  Mission Seoul Colleagues, family members, thank you for being with us – or, I should say, Zooming in with us – for this afternoon’s very special occasion.  As our time is limited, though, let me ... Read More»

[OP-ED] America’s Partnerships Are ‘Force Multipliers’ in the World

OP-ED Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Washington Post March 15, 2021 From his first day on the job, President Biden has emphasized America’s reengagement with the world, because it’s critical for us to meet the global challenges of our time. The United States is now making a ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Tokyo and Seoul

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Statement by President Biden on International Women’s Day

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March is Women’s History Month

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with ROK National Security Advisor Suh Hoon

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U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateral Meeting on Shared North Korea-Related Challenges

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with ROK Foreign Minister Chung

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On Lunar New Year

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 11, 2021 I wish our friends around the world good health, peace, and fortune on the occasion of the Lunar New Year on February 12. As millions of Americans celebrate this new lunar year, the United States stands with friends and allies to advance our shared ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with ROK President Moon Jae-in

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Black History Month

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The Biden-Harris Administration Immediate Priorities

President Biden will deliver bold action and immediate relief for American families as the country grapples with converging crises. This will include actions to control the COVID-19 pandemic, provide economic relief, tackle climate change, and advance racial equity and civil rights, as well as immediate actions to reform our immigration system and restore America’s standing ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with ROK Foreign Minister Kang

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 26, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. During the call, the Secretary and the Foreign Minister affirmed the enduring strength and importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, the linchpin of ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s Call With Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Suh Wook

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call ROK National Security Advisor Suh Hoon 

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The United States Capitol January 20, 2021 THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America ... Read More»

Remarks on “The 8th ROK-U.S. Alliance Forum” at a Virtual Event Hosted by KUSAF and KDVA

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(Photo Gallery) Seongju County Mayor Shares the North Gyeongsang County’s Top Produce Export – Star Melon – with Consul Church

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

January 15, 2021 Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Information for Travelers to the United States

January 14, 2021 Effective January 26, the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.  Airlines must confirm the negative test result or ... Read More»

RECRUITMENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Nominations for 2022 Global Undergraduate Program (Global UGRAD)

RECRUITMENT ANNOUNCEMENT Call for Nominations for 2022 Global Undergraduate Program (Global UGRAD) U.S. Embassy Seoul U.S. Embassy Seoul is pleased to announce the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) for 2022. We encourage qualified students to apply for this unique opportunity to study in the United States. The online application deadline is extended to 5pm ... Read More»

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

January 4, 2021 Location:  Republic of Korea (ROK) Event: Effective 12:00 a.m. on January 8, 2021, all foreign passengers arriving in the Republic of Korea (ROK) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours of their departure.  Airlines will not board passengers without a negative PCR test result issued within ... Read More»

U.S.-Republic of Korea 10th Joint Committee Meeting Statement

OTHER RELEASE DECEMBER 17, 2020 Today, December 17, 2020, the United States and the Republic of Korea convened virtually for the 10th Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) Policy Dialogue to further strengthen collaboration between our world-class scientific communities. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director Kelvin Droegemeier opened the JCM and emphasized the ... Read More»

Meetings During Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to the Republic of Korea

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 11, 2020 On December 11, Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha at the conclusion of his December 8-11 trip to Seoul. During his meetings with senior ROK officials in Seoul, Deputy ... Read More»

The Future of the United States and the Korean Peninsula

REMARKS STEPHEN BIEGUN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE ASAN INSTITUTE SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA DECEMBER 10, 2020 As Prepared Good afternoon. It’s great to be back in Seoul and an honor to be here at the Asan Institute with so many distinguished experts on the Korean Peninsula and the Indo-Pacific region. During my many visits to ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Meetings with Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Choi and Special Representative Lee

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 9, 2020 The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun met today in Seoul with Republic of Korea (ROK) First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun and Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security ... Read More»

The International Visitor Leadership Program: Celebrating 80 Years

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE December 7, 2020 To mark the 80th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State will host a virtual reception and storytelling workshop on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. ET entitled, “My IVLP Moment.” The ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to the Republic of Korea

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 6, 2020 Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun will travel to Seoul December 8-11. He will meet with officials in the Republic of Korea to discuss the U.S.-ROK Alliance and our shared commitment to regional security, stability, and prosperity throughout the ... Read More»

Proclamation on Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2020

The White House December 4, 2020 Nearly 250 years ago, heroes of our Revolution signed the Declaration of Independence, offering a bold enumeration of inalienable rights endowed to us by our Creator. In time, with independence secured from a tyrannical monarchy, our Nation etched these principles of liberty and equality into the law of our ... Read More»

Deputy Special Representative for North Korea Delivers Keynote Address at CSIS Conference on North Korea’s Economy

REMARKS ALEX N. WONG, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR NORTH KOREA BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: THE OUTLOOK FOR NORTH KOREA’S ECONOMY POST-PANDEMIC VIRTUAL NOVEMBER 30, 2020 As prepared It’s heartening that the focus of this conference is on the economy of the DPRK. Judging from the major ... Read More»

Observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 25, 2020 Around the world, violence against women harms not only millions of women and girls every year, but also their communities and families. Violence against women, whether in the workforce, the home, a school environment, or as a result of conflict or crisis, is never ... Read More»

Congratulatory Remarks at Kor-Asia 2020 Forum

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South Korea Travel Advisory: Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

November 24, 2020 Exercise increased caution in South Korea due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for South Korea due to COVID-19. South Korea has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations ... Read More»

Treasury Sanctions Entities Involved in Exporting Workers from North Korea

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Readout for Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Miller’s Phone Call With Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Suh

IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOV. 17, 2020 On November 17, Acting Secretary of Defense, Christopher C. Miller, conducted a phone call with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense Suh Wook to reaffirm the enduring strength of the U.S.-ROK Alliance. Secretary Miller and Minister Suh discussed the outcome of the 52nd Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) ... Read More»

International Education Week Kicks Off with Open Doors Report

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 16, 2020 November 16-20, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education are celebrating the 21st annual International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative to highlight the benefits of international education and exchange.  International education – both welcoming international students to the United States and ... Read More»

Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 14, 2020 Announced by Vice President Pence two years ago, the Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative includes more than $1 billion in programs that promote civil society, rule of law, and transparent and accountable governance across the region. The support of the United States for good governance is integral to ... Read More»

The U.S. and ROK on Working Together to Promote Cooperation between the Indo-Pacific Strategy and the New Southern Policy

Media Note OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 13, 2020 The text of the following fact sheet was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea following bilateral consultations on the margins of the 2020 East Asia Summit. Begin Text: As allies whose relationship is grounded in our shared ... Read More»

Release of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy-Republic of Korea New Southern Policy Joint Fact Sheet

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 13, 2020 Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan and Korea Marc Knapper and Republic of Korea Director-General for North American Affairs Ko Yunju met in Seoul on November 13. They discussed the release of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy-ROK New Southern Policy Joint Fact Sheet and our countries’ ... Read More»

Ambassador Keshap Discusses the Indo-Pacific Strategy and U.S. Priorities for the East Asia Summit

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

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 9, 2020 The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Washington, D.C., and reaffirmed the enduring strength and importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, the linchpin to peace and security for ... Read More»

Covert, Coercive, and Corrupting: Countering the Chinese Communist Party’s Malign Influence in Free Societies

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Congratulatory Remarks at The Korea Times 70th Anniversary Ceremony

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Lotte Hotel Seoul October 29, 2020 AS DELIVERED Good evening, everyone. Speaker Park, Prime Minister Chung, fellow ambassadors, Korea Times President Oh, and other distinguished guests, it’s an honor to be with you today to fete the 70th Anniversary of the Republic of Korea’s longest-running ... Read More»

2020 Indo-Pacific Business Forum Promotes Free and Open Indo-Pacific

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 29, 2020 The third annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum took place online and in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 28-29, 2020.  It showcased high-impact private-sector investment and government efforts to support market competition, job growth, and high-standard economic development for greater prosperity in the Indo-Pacific. The Forum promoted the United States’ vision ... Read More»

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on the WTO Director-General Selection Process

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International Religious Freedom Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 27, 2020 Twenty-two years ago today, the United States enacted the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, reaffirming our commitment to promote and defend the fundamental right to religious freedom for all people everywhere.  Born of the vision of America’s founders, our government understood that an individual, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens — Resumption of Notarial Services

The U.S. Embassy Seoul will resume limited notarial services beginning in November.  Please visit our website to schedule an appointment: https://kr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/notaries-public . To maintain proper COVID-19 protocols, use of masks is required.  Please exercise social distancing at all times. If your preferred date is unavailable, please continue monitoring our website as new appointments may become available. ... Read More»

The Summit on Women’s Leadership in STEM

Joint Statement from Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States October 23, 2020 Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister of Japan and Ambassador in Charge of Women’s Issues Atsuko Nishimura, the Republic of Korea’s Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs Lee Seong-ho, and U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Kelley Currie led the second ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability

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U.S. and ROK Advance Economic Cooperation at the 5th Senior Economic Dialogue

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 16, 2020 “The Republic of Korea is a global economic powerhouse, which shares our same values and democratic principles.  The U.S.-ROK economic partnership, which includes safeguarding a clean 5G infrastructure from untrusted, high-risk vendors, will serve as a linchpin for securing a peaceful and prosperous economic future for ... Read More»

Registration for the 2020 Virtual Indo-Pacific Business Forum Is Open

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 16, 2020 Senior U.S. and international government officials, global industry executives, and other partners from the United States and the Indo-Pacific business community will gather virtually on the evenings of October 27 and 28 in the United States (the mornings of October 28 and 29 in the Indo-Pacific ... Read More»

Joint Communique of the 52nd U.S.-Republic of Korea Security Consultative Meeting

IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCT. 14, 2020 1. The 52nd United States (U.S.)-Republic of Korea (ROK) Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) was held in Washington, D.C., on October 14, 2020. U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and ROK Minister of National Defense Suh Wook led their respective delegations, which included senior defense and foreign affairs officials. On October ... Read More»

Fifth U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Senior Economic Dialogue (SED)

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 13, 2020 Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach will lead the U.S delegation to the fifth U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Senior Economic Dialogue (SED).  The dialogue will be hosted by the U.S. Department of State in a virtual format on October ... Read More»

Update to Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Asia

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 3, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Tokyo, Japan on October 4 to 6. Planned meetings with the Quad Foreign Ministers in Tokyo will focus on pressing issues of the Indo-Pacific region. Secretary Pompeo expects to be traveling to Asia again in October and ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Japan, Mongolia, and the Republic of Korea

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Tokyo, Japan; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Seoul, the Republic of Korea (ROK) October 4 to 8. On October 6 in Tokyo, Secretary Pompeo will participate in the second meeting of the Quad Foreign Ministers of Australia, India, and ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away!  Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House September 22, 2020 PRESIDENT TRUMP: It is my profound honor to address the United Nations General Assembly. Seventy-five years after the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, we are once again engaged in a great global struggle. We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible ... Read More»

State Department Hosts Business Roundtable on Women’s Economic Empowerment with ROK

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs hosted a virtual discussion on September 14, 2020, entitled United States and Republic of Korea: Women’s Economic Empowerment Business Roundtable.  Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh opened the meeting, and the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, ... Read More»

Joint Press Statement of the Fifth U.S.-ROK Information and Communication Technology Policy Forum

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 The text of the following joint press statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea (ROK) on the conclusion of the fifth meeting of the U.S.-ROK Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy Forum. Begin text: The United ... Read More»

International Day of Democracy

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 In recognition of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, we reaffirm the right of every citizen to take part in the processes of democratic self-governance. Democracies are accountable to their citizens. They respect the Rule of Law, protect lives and property, and ... Read More»

Remarks at the National Committee on North Korea’s Annual Member Roundtable

REMARKS STEPHEN BIEGUN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON NORTH KOREA’S ANNUAL MEMBER ROUNDTABLE SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 As Prepared: Good afternoon.  It is a great privilege to be with you today.  The members of the National Committee on North Korea bring together an immense array of expertise on North Korea that has been of ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Participation in the ASEAN Regional Forum Virtual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: […] Deputy Secretary Biegun was joined by several foreign ministers in underscoring the importance of the international rules-based order in addressing increasing tensions and militarization in the South China Sea, the need for unhindered humanitarian access and the cessation ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Meeting with Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Choi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun met yesterday with Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jung-kun in Washington, D.C. Deputy Secretary Biegun congratulated First Vice Foreign Minister Choi on his recent appointment and pledged to continue ... Read More»

2020 Investment Climate Statements Released

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 9, 2020  The U.S. Department of State announces the release of the 2020 Investment Climate Statements.   The 2020 Investment Climate Statements help U.S. companies make informed business decisions by describing conditions in foreign markets regarding factors such as: openness to foreign investment; legal regimes and transparency; industrial policies; ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in the 10th East Asia Summit Virtual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo joined counterparts from 17 countries for the 10th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting this morning. Secretary Pompeo highlighted U.S. support for principles of openness, inclusiveness, transparency, and respect for international law. These ... Read More»

Announcing the Indo-Pacific Business Forum 2020

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 6, 2020 The United States Government, in partnership with the Government of Vietnam, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, is sponsoring the third annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 28-29. Participants attending from the ... Read More»

Industry Advisory on North Korea Ballistic Missile Procurement

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security are issuing an advisory on North Korea’s ballistic missile procurement activities. The advisory identifies ... Read More»

U.S. Files Complaint to Forfeit 280 Cryptocurrency Accounts Tied to Hacks of Two Exchanges by North Korean Actors

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs August 27, 2020 WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today filed a civil forfeiture complaint detailing two hacks of virtual currency exchanges by North Korean actors.  These actors stole millions of dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency and ultimately laundered the funds through Chinese over-the-counter (OTC) cryptocurrency traders.  The complaint follows ... Read More»

Grant Opportunity (NOFO: PD-SEOUL-FY20-03)

Funding Opportunity Title: American Corner Project Coordinator Funding Opportunity Number: PD-SEOUL-FY20-03 Deadline for Applications: Sunday, September 6, 2020 EDT CFDA Number: 19.441 Total Amount Available: $48,720 Length of performance period: 12 months Number of awards anticipated: 1 award Type of Funding: FY20 ECA (ASSF: American Spaces support funds) Smith-Mundt Anticipated program start date:  October 2020 *** This notice is subject to availability of funding. ... Read More»

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

August 19, 2020 Location:  Republic of Korea (ROK) Event: Effective August 17, U.S. citizens who are infected with COVID-19 at any time due to violation of Republic of Korea (ROK) preventive measures, such as quarantine measures and limits on group activities, or who submit false COVID-19 examination results must pay for their COVID treatment.  Effective ... Read More»

On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 19, 2020 On World Humanitarian Day, we honor the memory of humanitarian workers who made the ultimate sacrifice answering the call to protect the lives and alleviate the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people.  We recognize the tireless commitment of these individuals who put the ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the 7th U.S.-ROK Energy Security Dialogue and Track 1.5 Roundtable Discussion

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 14, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea. Begin text: The U.S. Department of State hosted the seventh U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Energy Security Dialogue in a virtual format on August 12.  ... Read More»

Grant Opportunity (NOFO: PD-SEOUL-FY20-02)

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S.-ROK Alliance: Virtual speaker series and In-person Study Tour to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Funding Opportunity Number: PD-SEOUL-FY20-02 Deadline for Applications: Friday, August 28, 2020 EDT CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Type of Funding:  FY20 Smith-Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds Total Amount Available: $70,000 Length of performance period: 12 – 18 months ... Read More»

Republic of Korea National Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 13, 2020 On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I extend best wishes to the Republic of Korea and Koreans everywhere on the occasion of their National Day. The enduring strength of our alliance is a force for the advancement ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Partners on COVID-19

Office of the Spokesperson August 7, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, and the Republic of Korea.  Secretary Pompeo and his counterparts discussed the importance of continued close coordination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts U.S. Virtual Community College Fair

August 7, 2020 EducationUSA, U.S. Embassy Seoul’s official international student advising center, will host a “EducationUSA Virtual Community College Fair” on August 21, 2020.  The fair will provide students an opportunity to speak directly with representatives of 25 U.S. colleges, including Foothill-De Anza Colleges, Edmonds College and Portland Community College.  Students can meet representatives from ... Read More»

South Korea Travel Advisory: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

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Announcing the Expansion of the Clean Network to Safeguard America’s Assets

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PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 27, 2020 Today, the U.S. Department of State celebrates its 231st anniversary as the nation’s first executive agency. This milestone is an opportunity to reflect on the essential role of U.S. diplomacy in advancing the interests, security, and economic prosperity of the American people. I commend ... Read More»

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Esper’s Phone Call With ROK Minister of National Defense Jeong

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21st Anniversary of the PRC Government’s Persecution of Falun Gong

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 20, 2020 Since 1999, the Communist Party of China (CCP) has sought to eradicate Falun Gong, a spiritual practice originating in China, and its peaceful practitioners and human rights defenders who have fought for their right to practice their beliefs.  Extensive evidence shows the PRC government ... Read More»

Unalienable Rights and the Securing of Freedom

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Draft Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

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New Humanitarian and Health Assistance Bolsters U.S. Leadership in Response to COVID-19

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 15, 2020 The American people’s generosity remains unmatched in the global fight against COVID-19. The Department of State and USAID are providing an additional $208 million in new humanitarian and health assistance to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation ... Read More»

Statement by the President on Hong Kong Autonomy Act

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Welcoming the United Kingdom Decision To Prohibit Huawei From 5G Networks

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On the Death of General Paik Sun-yup

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 14, 2020 The United States extends its sincerest condolences to the people of the Republic of Korea on the death of General Paik Sun-yup. As Korea’s first four-star general, his service to his country in the Korean War was emblematic of the fight for the values of freedom ... Read More»

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

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Grant Announcement: American Instructor

Application Deadline: July 26, 2020 Title of Program: English Lounge Series Program at the American Spaces Korea Goals and Objectives:  The American Spaces Korea network serves as the main program platform at the U.S. Embassy – currently there are five American Spaces, one American Center Korea, four American Corners in Busan, Daegu and Gwangju, and ... Read More»

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

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

Marking The Birth Of Our Great Nation

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Issuance of the Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory

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Congratulatory Remarks at AMCHAM Doing Business in America Seminar

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Trafficking in Persons Report 2020

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

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Hong Kong

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

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

DONALD J. TRUMP WHITE HOUSE – STATEMENTS & RELEASES Issued on: June 17, 2020 On June 26, 2008, by Executive Order 13466, the President declared a national emergency with respect to North Korea pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security ... Read More»

Congratulatory Remarks for Gwanghwamun Arirang Special Art Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Report on International Religious Freedom

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

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Partners on COVID-19

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

31st Anniversary of  Tiananmen Square

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proclamation on World Trade Week, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Indo-Pacific Cooperation on COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proclamation on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2020

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

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

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Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Legislative Elections in the Republic of Korea

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The United States Issues an Advisory on North Korean Cyber Threats

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

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

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

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Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19

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

NOTICE for U.S. Citizen Abroad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability

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

Department of State’s Global Effort To Bring Americans Home

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

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

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

President Trump Announces More Actions to Confront Global Pandemic

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

U.S. Scientists Work Tirelessly on Coronavirus Vaccines

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

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

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

Suspension of Routine Visa Services

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

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

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

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

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

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

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

G7 Leaders’ Statement

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

Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

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

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

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

President Trump Declares National Emergency to Address Coronavirus

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

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

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Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

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

2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

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

Presidential Message on International Women’s Day, 2020

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

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

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

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Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Photo Gallery) Consul Discusses Creating Actions for Sustainable Fishing

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

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

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

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

Vulnerability of North Korean People to Coronavirus Outbreak

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

Health and Travel Alert: Increased Korean Government Screenings for Coronavirus

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

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

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The United States Announces Assistance To Combat the Novel Coronavirus 

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

A Free and Open Indo-Pacific Fact Sheet

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

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

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

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

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

(Photo Gallery) Consul Addresses AISA Math/Leadership Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press 

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

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Representative Biegun Travels to the Republic of Korea and Japan

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

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Resolution Supporting the Republic of Korea

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

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

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International Human Rights Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Photo Gallery) Supporting Human Rights For All

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Training Event Postponed to Encourage North Korea to Return to Negotiations

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

(Photo Gallery) Celebrating International Friendship and Cooperation

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

Senior State Department Official On East Asian and Pacific Affairs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The United States and ASEAN: Expanding the Enduring Partnership

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

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

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

Under Secretary Keith Krach Visits Seoul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The China Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Korea Special Measures Agreement Negotiations October 22-24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warsaw Process Working Group Statement

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

North Korea Talks

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson October 5, 2019 The early comments from the DPRK delegation do not reflect the content or the spirit of today’s 8 1/2 hour discussion. The U.S. brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its DPRK counterparts. In the course of the discussions, the U.S. delegation reviewed events since ... Read More»

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

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

Remarks by President Trump to the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 24, 2019 10:12 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, distinguished delegates, ambassadors, and world leaders: Seven decades of history have passed through this hall, in all of their richness and drama.  Where I stand, the world has heard from presidents and ... Read More»

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Day of Democracy

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

Treasury Sanctions North Korean State-Sponsored Malicious Cyber Groups

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

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting on E-Cigarettes

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

Presidential Proclamation on National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2019

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

(Photo Gallery) Consul Cuts Ribbon At Bokcheon Museum

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

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

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

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

Remarks Stephen Biegun, Special Representative for North Korea The University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Weiser Diplomacy Center September 6, 2019 In June of 2018, the decision of President Trump to meet at a summit in Singapore with Chairman Kim Jung Un of North Korea was truly momentous. At the conclusion ... Read More»

Promoting prosperity in the Indo-Pacific

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Working Together for the Future of the Indo Pacific Region

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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