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

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

Washington, DC September 20, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and the American people, I would like to wish the Korean people a very warm Chuseok holiday. During this time for homecoming and family gatherings, good food, and friendly gifts, we join you in giving thanks for the many ...
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President Trump Unveils America’s First Cybersecurity Strategy in 15 Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 14, 2018 Given recent efforts by some Member States to undermine and obstruct North Korea sanctions implementation, the United States has called an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting for Monday, September 17, at 10:00 a.m., to discuss the implementation and enforcement of UN sanctions on North Korea. ###
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Treasury Targets North Korea-Controlled Information Technology Companies in China and Russia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washington, DC August 13, 2018 On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I would like to extend my congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea. As you celebrate your national day on August 15, we recognize your commitment to democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grant Announcement: 2018 American Fab Lab Fellowship Application Deadline: July 27, 2018 Fellowship Summary: The U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section is accepting applications from U.S. citizens for its American Center Korea (ACK) Maker Space Fab Lab Fellowship to support young Korean professionals’ innovation and creativity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) fields, to ...
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General Officer-Level Talks Between the United States and the DPRK on the Repatriation of Remains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To observe World Intellectual Property Day and highlight the problem of piracy, the Motion Picture Association of America, through its global offices, works with U.S. embassies to host screenings of popular films likely to be copied and sold illegally.  That’s why U.S. Embassy Seoul partnered with the Motion Picture Association of Korea to host a ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to the Press in New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who we are as a country, and the United States will continue to ...
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Remarks on the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental ...
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(Photo Gallery) ACS and USCIS Provide Off-site Service at the Consulate

On April 17-18, American Citizen Services (ACS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul provided their off-site services at the Consulate on a walk-in basis, answering inquiries on immigration and citizenship process, accepting applications for passports and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), performing notarial services, etc.  The next ...
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MEDIA NOTE: Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton Travels to Seoul and Tokyo

Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton will travel to Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 22-24, followed by Tokyo, Japan, April 24-27.  During her visits to our treaty allies in Northeast Asia she will reaffirm U.S. alliance commitments and coordinate on issues of importance for the maintenance of security and prosperity in ...
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Statement from the President on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that ...
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Excerpts from Secretary of State Nominee Pompeo’s Prepared Remarks

Below are excerpts from the opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at the April 12 confirmation hearing of former CIA Director Mike Pompeio as Secretary of State. America’s Duty to Lead “Make no mistake: America is uniquely blessed, and with those blessings comes a duty to lead.  As I have argued throughout my time in public ...
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CDA Blog #26: Team USA Veterans

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

Daniel Gedacht, currently a Korean language student at FSI Seoul, visited Busan April 4-6 for a foretaste of the city and the Consulate.   Mr. Gedacht toured and consulted with officials at the Busan American Corner, United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK), Busan Modern History Museum, and several other museums in Busan and Gimhae. Mr. ...
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Excerpts from the Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper at Korean-American Club Forum

The U.S.-ROK relationship has never been stronger. At the core of our relationship is our treaty alliance.  For 65 years, the U.S.-ROK Alliance has served as a linchpin for security, stability, and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, in the Asia Pacific region and, increasingly, around the world. There has been no shift in our North ...
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CDA Blog #25: Women’s History Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As the PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games commence on March 9, the U.S. Department of State is recognizing the important issues of disability rights and equal access by expanding its support for adaptive sports diplomacy exchange programs worldwide in 2018. The State Department’s International Sports Programming Initiative is supporting a delegation of American coaches and young ...
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Statement from the President on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the many incredible contributions made by women of all ages in the United States and around the world.  We honor the vital role of women in our communities, businesses, civil society, and government.  And we reaffirm our Nation’s commitment to ensuring that every person has the opportunity to succeed. ...
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Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions on DPRK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 11:40 A.M. EST SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Hello, everybody.  Today, the Treasury Department is announcing the largest set of sanctions ever imposed in connection with North Korea. This action targets the deceptive shipping practices that have enabled the Kim regime to fund its dangerous weapons programs.  Our actions target shipping and ...
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U.S. Presidential Delegation to Attend the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics

President Trump Announces the Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Korea to Attend the Closing Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of the Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Korea to attend the Closing Ceremony and events of the ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks: Interview With Margaret Brennan of CBS 60 Minutes

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC MS BRENNAN: Rex Tillerson admits he was an unconventional choice for Secretary of State. He had no prior government experience. But as CEO of ExxonMobil, he had crisscrossed the globe striking deals with foreign leaders. Secretary Tillerson, a man who still considers himself a Boy Scout and ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: Celebrating the Lunar New Year

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

Cheonan Memorial Seoul, Republic of Korea THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you all for being here.  We’re rounding out a very productive start in South Korea.  Last night, we had a very substantive evening of discussions in our bilateral meeting with President Moon.  It was a strong affirmation of the unbreakable bond between the people ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence in Meeting with North Korean Defectors

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

Blue House Seoul, Republic of Korea PRESIDENT MOON: (As interpreted.) First of all, I’d like to welcome the Vice President of the U.S. delegation to Korea. It is a great pleasure to be able to see you again, Mr. Vice President. I remember, last July, when I visited the United States, you took time out ...
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(Photo Gallery) Vice President Mike Pence Meets President Moon Jae-in

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

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

President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Korea to Attend the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Korea to attend the Opening Ceremony and events of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

Remarks as prepared for delivery TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American ...
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President and First Lady Announce Additional Special Guests for the State of the Union Address

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

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

World Economic Forum Congress Centre Davos, Switzerland 2:02 P.M. CET PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you, Klaus, very much.  It’s a privilege to be here at this forum where leaders in business, science, art, diplomacy, and world affairs have gathered for many, many years to discuss how we can advance prosperity, security, and peace. I’m here today ...
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U.S. Embassy Seoul Public Affairs Hosts a “Sports for All” Winter Camp

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

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

Statements From  Global Affairs Canada On January 16, 2018, Foreign Ministers and representatives of 20 countries from across the globe met in Vancouver, Canada, to demonstrate global solidarity in opposition to North Korea’s illegal and dangerous actions, and to advance diplomatic efforts towards a more stable, secure and denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Nearly seven decades after these states ‎stepped ...
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Opening Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson at the Vancouver Summit

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The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., dedicated his life to a vision:  that all Americans would live free from injustice and enjoy equal opportunity as children of God.  His strong, peaceful, and lifelong crusade against segregation and discrimination brought our Nation closer to the founding ideals set forth in the Constitution and the Declaration ...
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The United States welcomes the January 9 meeting between the Republic of Korea and North Korea aimed at ensuring a safe, secure, and successful Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.  The United States remains in close consultations with ROK officials, who will ensure North Korean participation in the Winter Olympics does not violate the sanctions imposed by ...
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There are an estimated 25 million victims of human trafficking throughout the world. To raise awareness of this major issue and the United States’ efforts to address it, President Donald J. Trump  proclaimed  January 2018 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. “During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the ...
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Designations Under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998

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

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CDA Blog #21: The 50th Anniversary of Korea’s National Park

This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first designated national park in the Republic of Korea, Jirisan Mountain.  All of Korea’s National Parks are managed by the Korea National Park Service (KNPS), which has done an incredible job conserving and protecting Korea’s 21 beautiful national parks.  Established in 1987, 20 years after the opening ...
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FACT SHEET: UN Security Council Resolution 2397 on North Korea

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

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

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PyeongChang Games a Beacon for Universal Access to Sports

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement On International Human Rights Day

Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. For those who ...
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Recently, the United States sent three of the world’s largest aircraft carriers – the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) – to the Western Pacific to carry out a three Carrier Strike Force exercise.  This type of exercise, which included ships from the ROK Navy, serves ...
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President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea for the second time since North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on November 28. The two leaders discussed next steps to respond to this most recent provocation by North Korea, including how to bring maximum pressure to bear on ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims December 1, 2017, as World AIDS Day

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

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The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability. The D.P.R.K.’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them must be reversed. Together the international community must continue to send a ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tina Kaidanow Travels to California, ROK, and the Philippines

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

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

By ShareAmerica President Trump declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism and said the U.S. will levy the largest sanctions ever against North Korea. “This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons, and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime” of Kim Jong-un, the president ...
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Remarks by President Trump Before Cabinet Meeting

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Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun Travels to the Republic of Korea

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Sports for All

November 13, 2017 – Shortly after Team USA’s Olympic speed skating team arrived in Korea to attend the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup, they visited Goyang city for a friendly training session with the Goyang Penguins, a team of developmentally disabled short track skaters.  After demonstrating some on-the-ground exercises like “dry skating,” Team ...
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Joint Press Release by the U.S.-ROK: President Donald Trump’s State Visit to the Republic of Korea

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

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

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Secretary Tillerson’s Participation in the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit

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

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Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon at State Dinner

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

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

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President Trump’s Trip to Asia

On Friday, President Donald J. Trump departed for Asia, his longest foreign trip to date and the longest trip to Asia by an American president in more than a quarter century. President Trump will utilize this trip to demonstrate the Administration’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and to strengthen U.S. alliances and partnerships. The President ...
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Secretary Tillerson Travels to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Burma

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Secretary of Defense Mattis’ Meetings with ROK President, NSA and Foreign Minister

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Joint News Conference with Secretary Mattis and ROK Defense Minister Song

STAFF:  Minister Song will first deliver his remarks. DEFENSE MINISTER SONG YOUNG-MOO (through translator):  Secretary Mattis and I help the 49th ROK-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting, which was an opportunity for us to engage in a candid discussion on the ROK-U.S. alliance’s readiness posture for the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the alliance’s ...
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Report on Serious Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea

This report continues to shine a spotlight on the serious human rights abuses committed by the Government of North Korea, including those involving extrajudicial killings, forced labor, torture, prolonged arbitrary detention, as well as rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence inside the country. Many of the country’s human rights abuses underwrite the regime’s weapons ...
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Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea

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“Pushing” together to PyeongChang

October 25, 2017–As the Olympics torch was being lit in Greece, U.S. Embassy Seoul‎ was in PyeongChang with Team USA Bobsled & Skeleton athletes and future members of Korea’s Olympic team.  During their visit to a training center for the Korean development team, Team USA’s pilots, including two-time Olympic medalist Elena Meyers, 2010 gold medalist ...
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Remarks by Secretary Mattis, Minister Onodera and Minister Song at ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting

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

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, and Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo convened the 9th Trilateral Defense Ministerial Meeting in Clark, Philippines on October 23 on the margins of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministerial Meeting Plus. Their joint press statement is available  here. ...
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Readout of Secretary of Defense Mattis’ Meeting with Republic of Korea Minister Song

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo in Clark, Philippines on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting Plus to discuss regional and global security issues, including the threat posed by North Korea.  Secretary ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Travel to Asia

The White House October 16, 2017 As was announced on September 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii, from November 3-14, 2017. This update provides further details about the President’s itinerary. The President’s travel will underscore his commitment to longstanding United States ...
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Consul Addresses Cultural Differences, Life in Silicon Valley

On October 12, Consul Dae B. Kim delivered a lecture on “Cultural Differences from a Diplomat’s Perspective and Life in Silicon Valley” to a group of 40 Korean youths at K-Move, an organization which assists young Koreans find employment overseas.  For over two hours, Consul Kim shared his insights from the six countries he served ...
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Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan’s Travel to Tokyo and Seoul

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE October 11, 2017  Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Tokyo and Seoul for a Deputies-level trilateral meeting hosted by the Republic of Korea on October 18.  The trilateral meeting will focus on strategic coordination related to the urgent threat from DPRK’s advancing nuclear weapons program and include ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on International Day of the Girl

The White House October 11, 2017 On the International Day of the Girl, we recognize how girlhood shapes the lives of all women, and we promote the empowerment of more than 1 billion young girls growing up around the world. Girlhood is a time when young women should be nurturing their skills, pursuing their passions, ...
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U.S., South Korean Weather Forecasters Partner to Provide Better Products

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Franklin Ramos, 51st Fighter Wing OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea, Oct. 10, 2017 — The  51st Operations Support Squadron  Weather Flight based  here  provides weather warnings and five-day forecasts preparing  the troops for any weather situation. Accurate weather forecasting is integral in assisting the flying units with weather information specific to each mission. Providing Better Weather Forecasts Therefore, ...
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Republic of Korea’s Chuseok Holiday

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 1, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I extend my warmest wishes to the Korean people during the Chuseok holiday this October 4. Chuseok is a time when Koreans gather in observance of the harvest season to celebrate food, ...
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Consulate Busan Hosts ‘Pizza Chat’ With Policemen

On September 29, Consulate Busan invited 40 policemen who guard the Consulate to chat with Consul Dae B. Kim for an hour over pizza, using the spacious facilities of “K-Move,” the Consulate’s next-door neighbor.   Consul Kim explained the role and function of the Consulate and fielded wide-ranging questions from the young policemen, who provide protection ...
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Announcement of President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Travel to Asia

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii from November 3-14, 2017. The President will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral, and cultural engagements—including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit—demonstrating his continued commitment to ...
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CDA Blog #15 : Disabilities and Multiculturalism

This year the U.S. Embassy was a proud sponsor of the 2017 Sokcho International Disability Film Festival.  Established in 2014, the festival started as a small local event, providing a venue for people with disabilities to learn how to make movies and showcase their own films. This year’s festival featured the U.S. documentary Right Footed, ...
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Evaluating Sanctions Enforcement and Policy Options on North Korea: Administration Perspectives

Testimony Susan A. Thornton Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Statement on North Korea Policy Before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Washington, DC Introduction Chairman Crapo, Ranking Member Brown, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today for this timely ...
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U.S. Embassy Olympic Graphic Design Contest

Create a graphic design to help U.S. Embassy Seoul welcome Team USA for the 2018 Winter Olympics! The U.S. Embassy is sponsoring a contest for students to create the best design to communicate a warm welcome for Team USA to Korea and demonstrate friendly multi-national relations for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Prizes included! ...
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Treasury Sanctions Banks and Representatives Linked to North Korean Financial Networks

Press Center September 26, 2017 Action targets North Korean use of the international financial system to facilitate its WMD and ballistic missile programs WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today to further disrupt North Korea’s access to the international financial system.  OFAC designated eight North Korean ...
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Joint Readout of the Meeting between President Trump of the United States and President Moon of ROK

The White House September 22, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met in New York with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea to discuss the serious and escalating threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. The two presidents condemned in the strongest terms North Korea’s continued provocations, including its sixth nuclear test on September ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the ROK Before Bilateral Meeting

President Trump President Moon Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York September 21, 2017 PRESIDENT TRUMP : Thank you very much. It’s a great privilege to be with President Moon of South Korea. As you probably know, we’ve had a few discussions over the last number of months, and I actually think we’re making ...
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Remarks by President Trump, ROK President Moon, and Japanese PM Abe Before Trilateral Meeting

Remarks Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York September 21, 2017 12:15 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP : Today I’m announcing a new executive order I just signed that significantly expands our authorities to target individuals, companies, financial institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea. As I outlined at my address to ...
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President Donald J. Trump Increases Pressure to Cut Off Funding for North Korea

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 21, 2017 STRONG FINANCIAL SANCTIONS:  President Trump today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) imposing additional sanctions with respect to North Korea. The provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies of the Government of North Korea constitute a continuing threat to the national security, foreign policy, ...
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Remarks by Secretary at the UNSC Session on Nuclear Non-Proliferation

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U.S. and United Nations 2017

Remarks President Trump United Nations New York, New York September 19, 2017 [View Video: 41’27’’] PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. … ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON: On President Trump’s Address to the UN General Assembly

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson September 19, 2017 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON: On President Trump’s Address to the UN General Assembly Today, President Donald J. Trump presented to assembled world leaders his vision of security, prosperity and peace led by sovereign nations.  That vision requires a recommitment to the founding principles of the ...
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On President Trump’s Address to the UN General Assembly

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 19, 2017 Today, President Donald J. Trump presented to assembled world leaders his vision of security, prosperity and peace led by sovereign nations. That vision requires a recommitment to the founding principles of the United Nations — to promote peace in troubled times. The ...
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