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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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

Vancouver Convention Centre Vancouver, Canada FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: So what we’re going to do now just so everybody knows, we’ll have some brief opening remarks open to the press from me, Rex, Minister Kono, Minister Kang, and Boris. And then we will bid our journalistic pals farewell. For me and Boris that’s a particular sadness, as ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland

Vancouver, Canada FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: Sorry to be a bit late. We had a lot we had to pack into the day. And thanks to everyone for joining us. I’d like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples including the territories of ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: President Trump’s National Security Strategy

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC The United States faces a 21st century global environment that presents unconventional threats from non-state actors, as well as challenges to our economic and national security from traditional state actors. Whether the threats are rogue nations seeking nuclear weapons, terrorists plotting to attack our homeland, ...
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Secretary Tillerson Speaks at the United Nations

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State United Nations New York City View Video (5’35”) SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good afternoon, all. And I do want to, again, thank the Government of Japan for using their opportunity at the chair to convene today’s session on North Korea. Also appreciate Secretary Guterres’ comments and framing of the situation for us. ...
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Secretary Tillerson Remarks at the UN Security Council Ministerial Meeting on D.P.R.K.

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State United Nations New York City View Video  (6’03”) SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to speak today. On behalf of the United States, I thank Japan and Foreign Minister Kono for convening this ministerial session on the growing threat from North Korea. Upon taking office, President Trump identified ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement On International Human Rights Day

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

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini Brussels, Belgium MODERATOR: (In progress) ladies and gentlemen, and welcome. High Representative Vice President Federica Mogherini and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just had a bilateral meeting and will deliver press statements to update you on their discussions. High Representative, you have ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to live free from ...
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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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Secretary Tillerson Travels to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Burma

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 2, 2017 Secretary Tillerson will accompany President Trump on his travels to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The Secretary will also make an additional stop in Burma. The Secretary’s six-country trip demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to our alliances and partnerships in ...
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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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Remarks by Secretary at the UNSC Session on Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State The United Nations New York, NY September 21, 2017 [View Video: 19’53’’] SECRETARY TILLERSON : Well, good afternoon. And I appreciate the opportunity to address the Security Council again, and I thank this month’s – this month’s chair, Ethiopia. Members of the Security Council talk often of threats to global security. The ...
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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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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks : North Korea’s Missile Launch

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC September 14, 2017 North Korea’s provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks. These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation. United Nations Security Council ...
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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC September 11, 2017 Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American ...
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Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC August 15, 2017 [ View Video: 8’34” ] SECRETARY TILLERSON: Morning, all. We are releasing today the  2016 International Religious Freedom Report.  This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Republic of Korea National Day

[View Video 34″: English | Korean ] On behalf of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea as you celebrate your national day on August 15th. On the anniversary of your independence, we also congratulate the people of the Republic of Korea on the election of President Moon Jae-in. We ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson With Press

En Route Guam [ View Video: 6’07” ] QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, President Trump said that North Korea’s threats against the United States, if they continue, will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen before. Is this part of a diplomatic strategy or did you find those remarks to be unhelpful? SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, I think ...
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08/07/17- Secretary Tillerson’s Press Availability in Manila, Philippines

Sofitel Hotel Manila, Philippines SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning. Good morning, all. How’s everybody’s jet lag? Well, I thought I’d take a few minutes out of the series of events and give you a little bit of an oversight of what has already occurred and kind of what’s coming. Obviously, high on the agenda in the ...
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Excerpts on North Korea from Secretary Tillerson’s‎ August 1 Press Availability

Press Briefing Room Washington, DC [ View Video: 55’23” ] […] One of the first threats we were confronted with upon entering office is North Korea, and it was the first policy area that we felt an urgency to deal with. And I think, as many of you have watched over the last several months, that threat has ...
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07/28/17 – Press Statement from the Secretary on the Latest DPRK Provocation

The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the second this month, in blatant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that reflect the will of the international community. All nations should take a strong public stance against North Korea, by maintaining and strengthening UN sanctions to ensure North ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at a Joint Press Availability

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

Notice to the Press Washington, DC June 20, 2017 The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense will host the inaugural U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) on June 21, 2017, at the Department of State. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will join Chinese State ...
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05/19/17 – Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With ROK Special Envoy Hong Seok-hyun

Washington, DC May 19, 2017 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On May 18, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Republic of Korea Ambassador Hong Seok-hyun, President Moon Jae-in’s Special Envoy to the United States. During the meeting, Secretary Tillerson congratulated the Moon administration on its recent election. The Secretary reaffirmed the ...
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04/09/17 – Secretary Tillerson’s Interview With John Dickerson of CBS Face the Nation

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State West Palm Beach, Florida April 9, 2017 QUESTION: We want to welcome Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the broadcast. Mr. Secretary, thank you for being with us. As a start, what message was being sent to the Syrian leader with the U.S. military action? SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, John, ...
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03/22/17 – Remarks at the Ministerial Plenary for the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi The Department of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 [ View Video: 19’49” ] SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning, and thank you all for traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in this counter-ISIS/Daesh ministerial conference. It is indeed encouraging to see the attendance. When the forces of ...
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[March 17-18, 2017] Secretary Tillerson’s Travel to South Korea

03/17/17 – Remarks With Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se Before Their Meeting 03/17/17 – Remarks With Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn Before Their Meeting 03/16/17 – Press Availability With Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida 03/10/17 – Previewing Secretary Tillerson’s Travel to Japan, South Korea, and China 03/07/17 – Secretary of State Tillerson to Travel to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing Photo Gallery 03/17/17 – Secretary Tillerson Meets with South Korean Acting President Hwang 03/17/17 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is greeted by Marc Knapper, U.S. Embassy Seoul Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, upon arrival at Osan Air Base in South Korea. 03/17/17 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson walks with Marc Knapper, U.S. Embassy Seoul Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, and Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Forces Korea commander, upon arriving at Osan Air Base outside of Seoul, South Korea .
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03/17/17 – Remarks With Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se Before Their Meeting

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Seoul, Republic of Korea March 17, 2017 MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Yes. Now we will begin the joint press conference for the ROK-U.S. foreign ministers meeting. The conference today will begin with Foreign Minister of Korea, Yun Byung-se’s opening statements, which will be followed by Secretary Tillerson’s remarks. Afterwards, ...
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03/17/17 – Remarks With Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn Before Their Meeting

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Seoul, Republic of Korea March 17, 2017 ACTING PRESIDENT HWANG: (Via interpreter) Nice to meet you. SECRETARY TILLERSON: Nice to meet you. ACTING PRESIDENT HWANG: (Via interpreter) So, first of all, I would like to welcome you on your first visit to Korea since assuming office. In the ...
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03/16/17 – Press Availability With Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Tokyp, Japan March 16, 2017 MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Ladies and gentlemen of the media, we would like to start the joint press conference by Minister Kishida and Secretary Tillerson. There will be the – first of all would be remarks from the two gentlemen. FOREIGN MINISTER KISHIDA: (Via interpreter) ...
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03/07/17 – Secretary of State Tillerson to Travel to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing

March 7, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and China March 15-19, his first visit as Secretary to the East Asia and Pacific region. In each country, Secretary Tillerson will meet with senior officials to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues, including strategic coordination to address ...
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02/16/17 – U.S.-ROK-Japan Foreign Ministerial Joint Statement on the Situation in North Korea

Washington, DC February 16, 2017 Today the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-se, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida, met in Bonn. The Ministers condemned in the strongest terms North Korea’s February 12, 2017 ballistic missile test, noting North ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Phone Calls With Foreign Ministers of Australia, Japan, and the ROK

Washington, DC February 7, 2017 The Secretary spoke on Monday with his counterparts from three of America’s closest allies: Australia, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. In each conversation, he underscored his determination to work closely together on regional and global priorities. Secretary Tillerson reiterated the Administration’s intent to strengthen our military alliances, our economic ...
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02/01/17 – Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

ShareAmerica February 1, 2017  Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won the Nobel ...
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