Special Rep. Biegun To Meet With ROK Special Rep. for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs

Washington, DC November 19, 2018 U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will meet with Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon in Washington on Tuesday, November 20, to further strengthen our close coordination on efforts to achieve our shared goal of final, fully verified denuclearization. Special ...
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On the Release of an American Citizen from North Korea

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 16, 2018 The United States appreciates the cooperation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the embassy of Sweden in facilitating the release of an American citizen. The United States is grateful for the sustained support of Sweden, our protecting power in North ...
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DPRK Maritime Insurance Workshop

Washington, DC November 16, 2018 Today, the United States and the United Kingdom met in London with industry leaders from maritime insurance companies, commodity traders, and other relevant parties, to discuss steps the private sector can take to prevent illicit shipping, trade, and other sanctions evasion activities that North Korea uses to generate revenue for its ...
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Remarks by Vice President and Prime Minister of the Republic Of Singapore in Joint Press Statements

The Istana Singapore November 16, 2018 PRIME MINISTER LEE:  Vice President Pence, ladies and gentlemen, may I extend a very warm welcome to Vice President and Mrs. Karen Pence to Singapore. We last met at the White House last year, in October, when President Trump very kindly hosted me to lunch.  And I’m very happy ...
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Meeting With DPRK Officials

Press Statement Washington, DC November 7, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s meeting with officials from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, scheduled for this week in New York, will now take place at a later date. We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit. Ongoing conversations continue to take place. The United States ...
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Pompeo: A fully denuclearized North Korea is within reach

ShareAmerica October 30, 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo foresees progress in achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea that is vital to U.S. national security and world peace. “Despite Washington’s best efforts at diplomacy, Pyongyang hoodwinked U.S. policymakers with a string of broken arms control agreements going back to the George H.W. ...
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Remarks at UN General Assembly First Committee Discussion on Regional Disarmament and Security

Remarks Robert Wood U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament and U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Issues United Nations New York City October 30, 2018 Mr. Chairman, States base their decisions regarding deterrence and defense on their perceptions of the security environment. The U.S initiative on “Creating the Conditions ...
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Designation of Vessels SHANG YUAN BAO, NEW REGENT, and KUM UN SAN 3

Press Statement Washington, DC October 26, 2018 The United States, along with partners, welcomes the October 16 announcement by the 1718 Committee on UN designations of vessels SHANG YUAN BAO, NEW REGENT, and KUM UN SAN 3 for engaging in UN-prohibited ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum to North Korean ships. We call on the 1718 ...
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Remarks With Traveling Press

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Stephen Biegun Special Representative for North Korea Grand Hyatt Hotel Seoul, South Korea October 8, 2018 QUESTION: So how close are you guys on the logistics for a second summit? SECRETARY POMPEO: Pretty close. QUESTION: Like, so an announcement should be — SECRETARY POMPEO: Hard to know. Hard to know. Sometimes that ...
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Readout of Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo held productive discussions with Chairman Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang Sunday. They discussed the four elements contained in the U.S.-DPRK Singapore Summit Joint Statement signed by President Trump and Chairman Kim. They also discussed the upcoming second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim and refined options for the location ...
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Secretary Pompeo Chairs UN Security Council Ministerial on the DPRK

Washington, DC September 27, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo chaired a UN Security Council meeting to discuss efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK. Secretary Pompeo said he would travel to Pyongyang to make continued progress on the four commitments President Trump and Chairman Kim made in the Singapore Summit Joint ...
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Secretary Pompeo Remarks at a Meeting on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

United Nations New York City September 27, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning. The 8,363rd meeting of the Security Council is called to order. The provisional agenda for this meeting is non-proliferation/Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea. The agenda is adopted. In accordance with Rule 37, I invite the representatives of Japan and the Republic of Korea to ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With DPRK Foreign Minister Ri

Washington, DC September 26, 2018 Today, Secretary Pompeo met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in New York. Secretary Pompeo accepted Chairman Kim’s invitation to travel to Pyongyang next month to make further progress on the implementation of the commitments from the U.S.-DPRK Singapore summit, including the final, ...
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Excerpts from Remarks by President at the UNSC Briefing on Counterproliferation

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 26, 2018 […] Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration. They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first President ever to challenge China on trade. And ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 25, 2018 […] With support from many countries here today, we have engaged with North Korea to replace the specter of conflict with a bold and new push for peace. In June, I traveled to Singapore to meet face to face with North Korea’s leader, Chairman Kim ...
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International Efforts To Implement UN Security Council Resolutions on DPRK’s Illicit Shipping Activities

Washington, DC September 22, 2018 The United States welcomes coordination on international efforts to implement UN Security Council Resolutions on North Korea’s illicit shipping activities, which prohibit ship-to-ship transfers of any goods or items to or from North Korean vessels of any goods or items going to or coming from North Korea. The United States ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Spokesperson statement on Talks between South Korea and North Korea on the Winter Olympics

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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Ambassador Haley on the Adoption of Strong New UN Security Council Sanctions on North Korea

December 22, 2017 View Video: 6:37 Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks following the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2397 imposing strong new sanctions on North Korea. The U.S.-drafted resolution imposes groundbreaking new measures on energy, export and import sectors, overseas North Korean laborers, and includes new maritime authorities to ...
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FACT SHEET: UN Security Council Resolution 2397 on North Korea

In response to the November 29, 2017 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch by North Korea, United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2397 imposes strong new sanctions on North Korea’s energy, export, and import sectors with new maritime authorities to help shut down North Korea’s illicit smuggling activities. UNSCR 2397 builds on UNSCR 2375 (2017), which ...
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Press Briefing on the Attribution of the WannaCry Malware Attack to North Korea

The White House James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 9:09 A.M. EST MR. BOSSERT:  Good morning, all.  Sorry for being a little tardy this morning.  I’d like to talk to you today about a cyber issue of significance. In May of this year, a dangerous cyberattack known as WannaCry spread rapidly and indiscriminately across the ...
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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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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

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, and thank you for your briefings, Assistant Secretary-General and High Commissioner Zeid. I am grateful for this discussion today, because we must tell the full story of ...
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Ambassador Haley Remarks at a Panel Discussion on Human Rights Abuses in North Korea

Remarks at a Panel Discussion on Human Rights Abuses in North Korea, “North Korea Human Rights: The Terrifying Experiences of Forcibly Repatriated North Korean Women” 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 Good morning, and thank you for ...
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Ambassador Haley Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 29, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, for your leadership in calling this meeting, as well as thank you for your leadership of the sanctions committee. And we appreciate, Mr. Feltman, your briefing as ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement On the Latest D.P.R.K. Missile Launch

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

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11/30/16 – FACT SHEET: Resolution 2321 (2016) Strengthening Sanctions on the DPRK

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09/28/16-Assistant Secretary Russel: The Persistent Threat of DPRK and Effective U.S. Response

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09/09/16 – Statement by the President on North Korea’s Nuclear Test

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09/09/16 – Statement by Secretary Kerry: North Korea’s Nuclear Test

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06/01/16 – U.S. Treasury Department Takes Actions To Further Restrict North Korea’s Access to The U.S. Financial System

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05/26/16 – Remarks by President Obama in Press Availability — Ise-Shima, Japan

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05/24/16 – Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Vietnam

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03/17/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Press Statement On North Korea’s Reported Missile Launch

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC March 17, 2016 We have seen reports that North Korea launched a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan.  We are closely monitoring the situation on the Korean Peninsula. We call again on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region ...
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Executive Order — Blocking Property of the Government of NK and the Workers’ Party of Korea, and Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Res

EXECUTIVE ORDER March 16, 2106 BLOCKING PROPERTY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF NORTH KOREA AND THE WORKERS’ PARTY OF KOREA, AND PROHIBITING CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS WITH RESPECT TO NORTH KOREA By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act ...
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03/16/16 – Blocking Property of the Government of NK and the Workers’ Party of Korea, and Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to

Message March 16, 2016 TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order (the “order”) with respect to North Korea. The order takes additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive ...
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02/25/16 – Ambassador Samantha Power Remarks at the Security Council Stakeout Following Consultations on the DPRK

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02/07/16 – U.S. Remarks (THAAD Announcement) by Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal (Chief of Staff, U.S. Forces Korea)

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02/07/16 – USFK News Release: ROK-U.S. Alliance agree to formally discuss deployment of THAAD

February 7, 2016 The Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States of America (U.S.) have determined that today’s long-range ballistic missile launch and recent nuclear test by North Korea highlights the serious nuclear, weapons of mass destruction, and ballistic missile threat they pose to the peace and stability of the ROK and the entire ...
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02/06/16 – Statement by Secretary Kerry: DPRK Missile Launch

Statement John Kerry Secretary of State February 6, 2016 DPRK Missile Launch The United States strongly condemns  today’s missile launch by the DPRK – a flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolutions related to the DPRK use of ballistic missile technology. This is the second time in just over a month that the DPRK has ...
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02/06/16 – Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the North Korean Missile Launch

Press Statement THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 6, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the North Korean Missile Launch North Korea’s launch using ballistic missile technology, following so closely after its January 6 nuclear test, represents yet another destabilizing and provocative action and is ...
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01/06/16 – Ambassador Samantha Power’s Statement on the North Korean Nuclear Test

Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations January 6, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the UN Security Council met to discuss the nuclear test carried out by North Korea – a highly provocative act that poses a grave threat to international peace and security. The test ...
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01/06/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Remarks: On the North Korean Nuclear Test

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC January 6, 2016 The United States and nations around the world have unequivocally condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear test. This highly provocative act poses a grave threat to international peace and security and blatantly violates multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. As I am reiterating today in ...
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01/06/16 – Ambassador Samantha Power’s Statement on the North Korean Nuclear Test

Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations January 6, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the UN Security Council met to discuss the nuclear test carried out by North Korea – a highly provocative act that poses a grave threat to international peace and security. The test ...
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