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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2019 Report on International Religious Freedom

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

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

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

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

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 6, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha yesterday to discuss the two countries’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Kang for the close cooperation and information sharing …

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

U.S. Continues Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response With More Than $270 Million in Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State April 22, 2020 […] For more than a half century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance.  Through the American people’s …

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Legislative Elections in the Republic of Korea

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State April 15, 2020 The United States would like to congratulate the Republic of Korea on holding successful legislative elections.  The ROK’s dedication to democratic values in the face of a global pandemic is a hallmark of a truly free, open, and transparent society–qualities that are necessary in …

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

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State April 8, 2020 Thanks to the unmatched generosity of the American people and the efforts of the U.S. Government, the United States has continued to lead the world’s public health and humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are building on that leadership, with another $225 million …

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

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

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

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

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

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

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

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

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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. MARCH 25, 2020 […] First, we spent a substantial amount of time on threats posed by authoritarian states.  The Chinese Communist Party poses a substantial threat to our health and way of life, as the Wuhan virus outbreak clearly has demonstrated.  The CCP …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

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

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

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

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2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

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

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

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

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press 

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

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

INTERVIEW MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 5, 2020 QUESTION: Joining me now is the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Secretary Pompeo, welcome back to Meet the Press, sir. SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, Chuck. It’s good to be with you this morning. QUESTION: Let me start with the shooting – the strike against Soleimani, the …

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

INTERVIEW MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 5, 2020 QUESTION: Joining me right now is the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Mr. Secretary, thanks very much for spending the time this morning SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s good to be with you, Maria. Thank you for having me on this morning. QUESTION: You said this – you …

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

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

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

INTERVIEW MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 5, 2020 QUESTION: Joining me now, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Mr. Secretary, thanks so much for joining us this morning. Let’s start about this new threat from President Trump. Is the tweet accurate? Is the U.S. really preparing to hit non-military, cultural targets in …

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

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

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

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

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

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. DECEMBER 10, 2019 […] QUESTION: Good afternoon, Mr. Secretary. On North Korea and your discussions with North Korea, are you satisfied with Russian and other countries’ sanctions enforcement? And then also within the past week, North Korea has warned of a “Christmas gift” …

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

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

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

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

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The China Challenge

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

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North Korea Talks

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

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International Day of Democracy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Pompeo at the Release of the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Washington, DC June 21, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. I’m proud to be here today to speak about the State Department’s ongoing mission to advance international religious freedom. This mission is not just a Trump administration priority – it’s a deeply personal one. For many years, I was a Sunday school teacher and a …

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2018년도 연례 국제종교자유보고서 발간에 관한 마이클 R. 폼페이오 국무장관 발언 (전문보기)

발언 마이클 R. 폼페이오 국무장관 프레스 브리핑룸 워싱턴 DC 2019년 6월 21일 폼페이오 장관: 안녕하십니까, 여러분. 저는 오늘 이 자리에서 전 세계를 대상으로 끊임없이 종교적 자유의 신장을 추구하는 국무부의 목표에 관해 말씀드릴 수 있는 기회를 얻게 된 것을 자랑스럽게 생각합니다. 이 목표는 비단 트럼프 행정부의 중점 추진 과제에만 그치는 것이 아닙니다―저 개인적으로도 깊은 의미가 있습니다. …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Washington, D.C. June 20, 2019 […] SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Welcome. First, I want to welcome all of the human trafficking survivors in attendance here today. You are all heroes. This is a very special morning. You are all standing up to ensure that no one else suffers the abuse that you endured. And …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to India, Sri Lanka, Japan, and the Republic of Korea

June 11, 2019 Secretary Pompeo will travel to India, Sri Lanka, Japan, and the Republic of Korea June 24-30 to broaden and deepen our partnerships with key countries to advance our shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. In New Delhi, Secretary Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 3, 2019 CITY HALL THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome. The prime minister and I were just remarking on what a great crowd, what a great group we have here. Thank you, Madame Mayor, for joining us as well and hosting us. I …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Republic of Korea President Moon

Washington, DC April 11, 2019 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton met with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in today in Washington. The U.S. and ROK sides affirmed their commitment to achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Secretary Pompeo and …

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Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC March 13, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Since America’s founding, the concept of individual rights has been woven into the national fabric. As my friend and scholar Mary Ann Glendon has written, it has given weak members of our society, quote, “an instrument …

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Secretary Pompeo, Interview With Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 24, 2019 QUESTION: And joining us now before he heads off to Vietnam, the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Mr. Secretary, welcome back to Fox News Sunday. SECRETARY POMPEO: Chris, it’s great to be with you. QUESTION: Before we get to the Kim summit, I want to ask you …

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Secretary Pompeo, Interview with Craig Melvin of NBC Today Show

Intervention Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State New York City February 21, 2019 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, good morning. SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning. QUESTION: Thanks so much for your time. SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. QUESTION: This time next week, you will be in Vietnam with the President for the second summit with Kim Jong-un. After the first summit in Singapore, President …

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

Washington, DC February 14, 2019 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha today in Warsaw. They discussed ongoing efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and updated each other on respective U.S. and ROK engagements with the DPRK. Secretary …

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Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 7, 2019 In order to achieve peace and economic prosperity for all members of society, the United States promotes women’s global development and prosperity today with the signing of a National Security Presidential Memorandum by President Trump. The initiative will advance women’s economic empowerment …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to the World Economic Forum

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 22, 2019 MR BRENDE: Mr. Secretary, it is with deep appreciation that I welcome you to our annual meeting here in Davos. In the 49-year history of the forum, we have only done video links less than 10 times, always under exceptional circumstances. With the current …

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

Washington, DC January 21, 2019 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke on January 20 with Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. They updated each other on respective U.S. and R.O.K. engagements with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.). Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang affirmed the enduring strength of the U.S.-R.O.K. Alliance.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With DPRK Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol

Washington, DC January 18, 2019 Secretary Pompeo and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun met with DPRK Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol in Washington January 18. The Secretary, Special Representative Biegun, and Vice Chairman Kim discussed efforts to make progress on the commitments President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un made at their summit …

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Religious Freedom Designations

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 11, 2018 On November 28, 2018, I designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, as Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for having engaged in or tolerated ”systematic, ongoing, [and] egregious …

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Human Rights Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2018 Seventy years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Emerging from a world war that shocked humanity with its cruelty, the sovereign nations of the world united to specify those rights that are inherent to all persons, …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with ROK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

On December 6, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of the Republic of Korea.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea and pledged to maintain close coordination to ensure the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic …

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On the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018 Devoted husband, loving father, steadfast friend, exemplary patriot: this is how I will always remember President George H. W. Bush. Whether he was serving in the skies over the Pacific during World War II, protecting America at CIA headquarters, or leading our …

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Secretary Pompeo Announces Latest Lifesaving PEPFAR Results

Washington, DC November 27, 2018 Today, in advance of World AIDS Day 2018, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the latest results achieved by American leadership and partnerships through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has now saved more than 17 million lives. As of September 30, 2018, PEPFAR is …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Republic of Korea Unification Minister Cho

Washington, DC November 16, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with ROK Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon on November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. They affirmed their commitment to close coordination during ongoing efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK as agreed to by Chairman Kim. Both sides also discussed ways to …

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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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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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Press Statement from the Secretary Pompeo on International Religious Freedom Day

Washington, DC October 26, 2018 Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act) into law. The IRF Act expanded U.S. foreign policy capabilities to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. It builds on our founding fathers’ firm conviction that the freedom of individuals …

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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 Seoul, Republic of Korea

Washington, DC October 7, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visited Seoul October 7-8 and met with President Moon and Foreign Minister Kang to give a readout of his October 7 trip to Pyongyang. Secretary Pompeo briefed on his meeting with Chairman Kim, which included his introducing Chairman Kim to Special Representative for North …

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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’s Travel to Tokyo, Pyongyang, Seoul, and Beijing

Press Statement Washington, DC October 2, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Tokyo, Japan; Pyongyang, DPRK; Seoul, Republic of Korea; and Beijing, China from October 6-8. In Tokyo, October 6-7, the Secretary will meet with Prime Minister Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono. In Pyongyang, October 7, the Secretary will meet …

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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 Launches 2018 PEPFAR Strategy Progress Report

Washington, DC September 27, 2018 Today, on the margins of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo released the  2018 Progress Report on the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) . One year ago, the Trump Administration launched the PEPFAR Strategy at the 2017 United Nations General Assembly. The 2018 PEPFAR Strategy Progress Report shows the significant strides that …

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

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

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Press Statement from the Secretary Pompeo On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

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

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The special representative for North Korea’s first mission

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

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

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

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Remarks on the Appointment of Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun

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

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa

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

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Secretary Pompeo’s Press Statement on the Republic of Korea’s National Day

Washington, DC August 13, 2018 On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I would like to extend my congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea. As you celebrate your national day on August 15, we recognize your commitment to democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law …

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ASEAN Day 2018

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC August 6, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to congratulate the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat on the organization’s 51st anniversary on August 8th. For over 40 years, …

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Secretary Pompeo Remarks on “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision”

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

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the Close of the Ministerial Advancing Religious Freedom

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

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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 Pompeo at U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateral Meeting

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

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to Traveling Press

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

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

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 28, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On June 28, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Foreign Minister Kang of the Republic of Korea to discuss next steps on DPRK engagement after the historic Singapore summit. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang agreed that …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

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

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo: World Refugee Day

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

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