Observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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

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Congratulatory Remarks at Kor-Asia 2020 Forum

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Dynasty Hall, The Shilla Hotel November 25, 2020 AS DELIVERED Good morning, everyone. Speaker Park, Prime Minister Chung, Chairman Seung, Korea Times President Oh, and the many distinguished guests out there in virtual space. I’m happy to be here today to congratulate the organizers and …

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated:(11/24/20) Country-Specific Information: The U.S. Department of State currently has a level 2 travel advisory (Exercise Increased Caution) for South Korea. Please see the full language of the travel advisory here . Authorities have confirmed that community-based transmission of COVID-19 is still occurring in Korea. All travelers to Korea should be aware that there is …

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South Korea Travel Advisory: Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

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

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Treasury Sanctions Entities Involved in Exporting Workers from North Korea

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY PRESS RELEASES November 19, 2020 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on two entities involved in the exportation of forced labor from North Korea. These actions were taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13722 of March 15, 2016, “Blocking Property of the Government of North …

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

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

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International Education Week Kicks Off with Open Doors Report

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

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Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative

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

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

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

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

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

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

REMARKS AMBASSADOR ATUL KESHAP, PRINCIPAL DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ASIAN ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE 2020 VIRTUAL NOVEMBER 10, 2020 As Prepared […] This week the Secretary welcomed to Washington ROK Foreign Minister Kang for important discussions between allies. […] And importantly Deputy Secretary of State …

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

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

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

REMARKS DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS HOOVER INSTITUTION, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, ASIA SOCIETY VIRTUAL OCTOBER 30, 2020 As prepared Introduction Good afternoon. Thank you to the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the Asia Society for inviting me. Thank you to organizers Orville Schell and Larry Diamond. It is an honor …

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Congratulatory Remarks at The Korea Times 70th Anniversary Ceremony

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

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

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

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

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative October 28, 2020 Washington, DC – The Office of the United States Trade Representative issued the following statement today on the selection of the next World Trade Organization Director-General: The United States supports the selection of Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee as the next WTO Director-General.  Minister Yoo is …

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International Religious Freedom Day

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

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

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

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The Summit on Women’s Leadership in STEM

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

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 21, 2020 […] QUESTION: Yeah. I have two questions on the South and North Korea. Recently President Moon Jae-in of South Korea mentioned about the declarations of the end of the war with North Korea. Is it possible that the North – …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Update to Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Asia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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International Day of Democracy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2020 Investment Climate Statements Released

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

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

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

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Announcing the Indo-Pacific Business Forum 2020

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

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Industry Advisory on North Korea Ballistic Missile Procurement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day

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

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

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

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

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

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Republic of Korea National Day

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

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Partners on COVID-19

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

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

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

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South Korea Travel Advisory: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

August 6, 2020 Reconsider travel to South Korea due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for South Korea due to COVID-19. South Korea has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of …

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

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 5, 2020 The Clean Network program is the Trump Administration’s comprehensive approach to guarding our citizens’ privacy and our companies’ most sensitive information from aggressive intrusions by malign actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Today, I am announcing the launch of five new lines …

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Gangneung Moru Library to Become the Sixth American Corner in Korea!

July 30, 2020 – Cultural Attaché Aaron Tarver and Gangneung City Mayor Kim Han-Geun signed a Memorandum of Understanding to open a new American Corner at Gangneung’s Moru Library. The new American Corner will support the U.S.-ROK alliance as a focal point for U.S. programming, including English language instruction and U.S. education advising, and as …

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Celebrating the 231st Anniversary of the U.S. Department of State

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

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Proclamation on National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2020

PROCLAMATIONS July 24, 2020 Sixty-seven years ago today, guns fell silent along the Korean Demilitarized Zone after more than 3 years of brutal fighting to defeat the expansion of communism on the Korean Peninsula.  On National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, we pause to remember the uncommon courage and sacrifice of ordinary Americans who fought …

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Assistant Secretary Stilwell’s Participation in the East Asia Summit 2020 Senior Officials Meeting

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 23, 2020 Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David R. Stilwell participated in the East Asia Summit (EAS) 2020 Senior Officials Meeting that was held via videoconference on July 20, 2020. The Assistant Secretary reaffirmed U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific and support for sovereignty …

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

Release July 20, 2020 Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper spoke today with Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo to reaffirm the strength of the U.S.-ROK alliance and the close coordination between the defense authorities of the two countries. The two leaders discussed the security environment on the Korean Peninsula and …

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US Support for Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights in the Global Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 20, 2020 “Authoritarian regimes are poorly designed to deal with the kind of crisis that this pandemic has engendered.  Democracies, where we are free to critique and comment … these are the kinds of places where scientists and freedom and thought and journalists can all operate freely.  These are the societies …

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

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

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Unalienable Rights and the Securing of Freedom

SPEECH MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER JULY 16, 2020 AMBASSADOR GLENDON: I am Mary Ann Glendon. I’m chair of the Commission on Unalienable Rights, and on behalf of my fellow commissioners, some of whom are here today, I want to welcome you to this presentation of our report. I came in …

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Draft Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

On July 8, 2019, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the formation of a Commission on Unalienable Rights. The commission, composed of academics, philosophers, and activists, will provide the Secretary with advice on human rights grounded in our nation’s founding principles and the principles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On July …

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

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

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Statement by the President on Hong Kong Autonomy Act

July 14, 2020 Today, I have signed into law H.R. 7440, the “Hong Kong Autonomy Act” (the “Act”).  The Act addresses China’s failure to meet certain obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration.  I note, however, that the requirements for a waiver or termination of sanctions under section 8 of the Act could limit my discretion …

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

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 14, 2020 We welcome news that the United Kingdom plans to ban Huawei from future 5G networks and phase out untrusted Huawei equipment from existing networks. With this decision, the UK joins a growing list of countries from around the world that are standing up for …

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On the Death of General Paik Sun-yup

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

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

July 13, 2020 Location:  Republic of Korea (ROK) Event: The Korean authorities have confirmed that community based COVID transmission is still occurring in Korea.  Authorities are regularly updating guidelines and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The ROK has provided these basic guidelines for social distancing in daily life .  Please visit the ROK’s COVID-19 portal for other important country-specific rules and regulations. The U.S. Embassy …

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Grant Announcement: American Instructor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Marking The Birth Of Our Great Nation

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

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Issuance of the Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory

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

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Congratulatory Remarks at AMCHAM Doing Business in America Seminar

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

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Trafficking in Persons Report 2020

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

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

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

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Hong Kong

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

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

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

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Congratulatory Remarks for Gwanghwamun Arirang Special Art Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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NOTICE for U.S. Citizen Abroad

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Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

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Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

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2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

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Presidential Message on International Women’s Day, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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Vulnerability of North Korean People to Coronavirus Outbreak

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

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Health and Travel Alert: Increased Korean Government Screenings for Coronavirus

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

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

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The United States Announces Assistance To Combat the Novel Coronavirus 

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

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A Free and Open Indo-Pacific Fact Sheet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul

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

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

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

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Acting Secretary Shanahan En Route Press Gaggle – Singapore to ROK

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

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