Death of Former Republic of Korea President Roh

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 27, 2021 We send our deepest condolences to the people of the Republic of Korea (ROK) for the passing of former President Roh Tae-Woo. While former President Roh leaves a complicated legacy, his tenure included solidification of the ROK’s democratic tradition, its entry into the United Nations, and …

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The United States and the Republic of Korea Hold a High-Level Disarmament and Nonproliferation Consultation

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 27, 2021 Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins and ROK Deputy Foreign Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs Ham Sang-wook held a High-Level Bilateral Disarmament and Nonproliferation Consultation in Washington D.C. on October 26. Held for the first time under the Biden-Harris Administration, this …

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Remarks to the Press by Ambassador Sung Kim Special Representative for North Korea

Remarks Sung Kim, Acting Assistant Secretary Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Lotte Hotel Seoul, Republic of Korea October 24, 2021 As Delivered Thank you, Special Representative Noh. It’s great to be back in Seoul as part of our ongoing and close coordination on the DPRK. Of course, we saw each other this week …

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Special Representative for the DPRK Kim’s Trilateral Meeting with ROK Special Representative Noh and Japanese Director General Funakoshi

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 19, 2021 Today in Washington, D.C., U.S. Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim participated in a trilateral meeting with Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Funakoshi Takehiro and ROK Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk …

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Joint Press Statement for the 20th Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue

September 28, 2021 The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense (MND) held the 20th Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD) September 27-28, 2021 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Deputy Minister for National Defense Policy (DEPMIN), Mr. Kim Man-gi, led the ROK delegation. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) …

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Secretary’s Trilateral Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi and ROK Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participated in a trilateral ministerial with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong and Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu today in New York City on the margins of the UN General Assembly. The …

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Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim’s Trilateral Meeting with Japanese Director General Funakoshi and ROK Special Representative Noh

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 Today in Tokyo, U.S. Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim participated in a trilateral meeting with Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Funakoshi Takehiro and Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs …

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Under Secretary Fernandez’s Call with Republic of Korea (ROK) Second Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-moon

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose Fernandez spoke with Second Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-moon of the Republic of Korea (ROK) on September 7. During the call, the Under Secretary affirmed the U.S.-ROK Alliance as a global partnership grounded in …

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Special Representative Kim Meeting with ROK Special Representative Noh

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 30, 2021 U.S. Special Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Ambassador Sung Kim met on August 30 with Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk. The two sides discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula and prospects …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 29, 2021 The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, …

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Travel of Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim to Seoul

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson August 20, 2021 U.S. Special Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Ambassador Sung Kim will travel to Seoul, August 21-24. During his visit, Special Representative Kim will meet with Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk and other …

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U.S. sends 400,000 Janssen doses to ROK; to arrive Sunday

Press Release August 14, 2021 The United States will provide our close ally and partner the Republic of Korea with 400,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine for use in the general population as part of the international partnership for fighting the pandemic. The doses are scheduled to depart Memphis International Airport …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 5, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong the evening of August 5. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Chung emphasized the importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance to promoting security …

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U.S.-ROK Director General/Deputy-Level Consultation Meeting

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson August 5, 2021 U.S. Deputy Special Representative for the DPRK Dr. Jung Pak hosted the first interagency U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Director General/Deputy-Level Consultation (DLC) meeting with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Unification, and Blue House officials, along with National Security Council, Treasury, and Defense participants on August …

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A Proclamation on National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2021

PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS JULY 26, 2021 The United States and the Republic of Korea are allies with a long history of shared sacrifice. In a call to defend freedom and democracy abroad, 1.8 million Americans joined the fight to protect our Korean Peninsula allies from the communist regimes in North Korea and The People’s Republic of …

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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson July 23, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman met with Republic of Korea (ROK) First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun today in Seoul. Deputy Secretary Sherman and First Vice Foreign Minister Choi emphasized the importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with ROK Minister of Unification Lee In-young and ROK Vice Minister of Unification Choi Young-joon

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Republic of Korea Minister of Unification Lee In-young and Republic of Korea Vice Minister of Unification Choi Young-joon in Seoul today. Deputy Secretary Sherman, Minister Lee, and Vice Minister Choi emphasized …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong in Seoul today.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and Foreign Minister Chung emphasized the importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance in achieving our shared vision of …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in today in Seoul. Deputy Secretary Sherman and President Moon reaffirmed the U.S.-ROK Alliance as the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in Northeast Asia, …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Trilateral Meeting with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori and Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Choi

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 20, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori Takeo and Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong Kun today in Tokyo. During the meeting, the Deputy Secretary and the two vice foreign …

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Trafficking in Persons Report 2021

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons July 1, 2021 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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Travel of Special Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Sung Kim to Seoul

Office of the Spokesperson June 17, 2021 U.S. Special Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Ambassador Sung Kim will travel to Seoul, June 19-23. Special Representative Kim will join a trilateral meeting with Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk and Japanese Director-General for …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 12, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong in Cornwall today. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Chung reaffirmed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance is the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in Northeast …

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

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 9, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Today, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met Republic of Korea Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong Kun in Washington. The Deputy Secretary and the Vice Foreign Minister reaffirmed the U.S.-ROK Alliance as the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity …

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Remarks by President Biden and H.E. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea at Press Conference

SPEECHES AND REMARKS East Room MAY 21, 2021 PRESIDENT BIDEN: Hello, everyone. Please. Please be seated. Today, I’ve been honored to welcome to the White House President Moon. And I got an opportunity to spend some private time with him, as well as with our delegations. This is only the second person — head of …

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FACT SHEET: United States – Republic of Korea Partnership

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES MAY 21, 2021 The United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) pledge to strengthen our alliance and to broaden its focus to address issues of critical importance to the Indo-Pacific region and the world. We will deepen our cooperation on advanced technologies, increase global vaccinations and protect the world from future …

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Remarks by President Biden and President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

State Dining Room May 21, 2021 PRESIDENT BIDEN: I am honored to have President Moon here at the White House today for the second foreign leader visit, head-of-state visit in my presidency. The United States and the Republic of Korea are allies with a long history of shared sacrifice. And in a personal note, I …

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U.S.-ROK Pledge to Increase Cooperation on ASEAN and Southeast Asia

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 13, 2021 The United States and the Republic of Korea committed to expanding cooperation in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific in support of ASEAN centrality and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific during the first U.S.-ROK Dialogue on ASEAN and Southeast Asia on May 12.  State Department Bureau …

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2020 Report on International Religious Freedom

OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM MAY 12, 2021 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 Blinken’s Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 5, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong in London to promote trilateral solidarity and discuss shared concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 3, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong in London. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Chung reaffirmed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance is the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in the …

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Statement by White House Spokesperson on the Visit of President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

Statements and Releases April 29, 2021 President Biden looks forward to welcoming Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in to the White House on May 21, 2021. President Moon’s visit will highlight the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea, and the broad and deep ties between our governments, people, and economies. …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Media Roundtable

Remarks John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Seoul, Republic of Korea April 18, 2021 Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry: Anyway, good morning everybody, I’m happy to be with you. U.S. Embassy Seoul Spokesperson William Coleman: Thanks again everybody for waiting. For those of you who I haven’t met, my name is Bill …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to China and the Republic of Korea

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 13, 2021 Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Shanghai and Seoul April 14-17, 2021, to discuss raising global climate ambition ahead of President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate April 22-23 and the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention …

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United States-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral National Security Advisors’ Press Statement

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES APRIL 02, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan of the United States, National Security Secretariat Secretary General Shigeru Kitamura of Japan, and National Security Office Director Suh Hoon of the Republic of Korea (ROK) met for talks on April 2, 2021 at the United States Naval Academy to consult on the United …

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Background Press Call on the Upcoming Trilateral Meeting with Japan and the Republic of Korea

PRESS BRIEFINGS Via Teleconference APRIL 01, 2021 SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us. A reminder that today’s call will be on background, attributed to a senior administration official. The contents of this call will be embargoed until 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time tonight. Our speaker today is [senior …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson on the U.S.-Japan-ROK Trilateral National Security Advisors’ Dialogue

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES MARCH 30, 2021 On Friday, April 2, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will welcome National Security Secretariat Secretary General Shigeru Kitamura of Japan and National Security Advisor Suh Hoon of the Republic of Korea for a trilateral dialogue at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. This trilateral meeting, which follows …

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2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR MARCH 30, 2021 The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on …

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Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances

SPEECH ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS AGORA BRUSSELS, BELGIUM MARCH 24, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon. A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary as State, I spoke directly to the American people.  I said that my number one job is to ensure that America’s foreign policy delivers for them – …

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Joint Statement of the 2021 Republic of Korea – United States Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting (“2+2”)

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 18, 2021 The following statement was released by the Governments of the United States and the Republic of Korea: Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong and Minister of National Defense Suh Wook hosted a Joint Foreign and Defense Ministerial meeting with United States (U.S.) …

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Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin’s Meeting with Republic of Korea President Moon

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 18, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in today in Seoul. During the meeting, they reaffirmed that the strong U.S.-ROK Alliance is the linchpin …

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Secretary Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and ROK President Moon Jae-in Before Their Meeting

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BLUE HOUSE SEOUL, KOREA MARCH 18, 2021 PRESIDENT MOON:  (Via interpreter)  (In progress) The Republic of Korea was chosen in the Biden-Harris administration’s first cabinet-level overseas trip, and the fact that you two are visiting Korea demonstrates that the Biden-Harris administration (inaudible). We welcome America’s …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Yang Man-Hee of Seoul Broadcasting System

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE CHIEF OF MISSION RESIDENCE SEOUL, KOREA MARCH 18, 2021 QUESTION: (Via interpreter) I understand that you will soon leave the country to have a meeting with China, and I would like to thank you very much for selecting SBS for your last interview before leaving the country. SECRETARY …

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Secretary Blinken, Secretary of Defense Austin, ROK Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, and ROK Defense Minister Suh Wook at a Joint Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA MARCH 18, 2021 *MODERATOR:*  (Via interpreter)  Ladies and gentlemen, foreign and defense ministers. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  We will now start the joint press conference of the ROK-U.S. foreign and defense ministers.  The opening remarks will …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Lee So-Jung of Korean Broadcasting System

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEOUL, KOREA CHIEF OF MISSION RESIDENCE MARCH 18, 2021 QUESTION:  (Via interpreter) So first, you picked Korea and Japan as your first nations to visit after you took office as the Secretary of State.  Of course, you spent some time in Korea in 2016 as the deputy secretary, …

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Strengthening the Ironclad U.S.-ROK Alliance

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 17, 2021 “America’s alliances are our greatest asset, and leading with diplomacy means standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies and key partners once again.” – President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., February 4, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will travel to …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 17, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Today in Seoul, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Chung reaffirmed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance is the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in …

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U.S.-ROK Alliance – Expanding Bilateral Cooperation for the 21st Century

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 17, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and the Republic of Korea Minister for Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong reaffirmed the vital importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance as the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in Northeast Asia, in a free and open Indo-Pacific, and across the world.  …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong Before Their Meeting

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA MARCH 17, 2021 FOREIGN MINISTER CHUNG:  (Via interpreter.) I’d like to sincerely welcome Secretary Blinken on his visit to Korea. The Korea-U.S. Alliance is the backbone of our diplomacy as well as the linchpin of peace and prosperity in Northeast …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at Virtual Meet and Greet with Mission Republic of Korea Staff and Family Members

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AMERICAN CENTER KOREA SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA MARCH 17, 2021 MR RAPSON:  Hello, everyone.  Mission Seoul Colleagues, family members, thank you for being with us – or, I should say, Zooming in with us – for this afternoon’s very special occasion.  As our time is limited, though, let me …

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[OP-ED] America’s Partnerships Are ‘Force Multipliers’ in the World

OP-ED Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Washington Post March 15, 2021 From his first day on the job, President Biden has emphasized America’s reengagement with the world, because it’s critical for us to meet the global challenges of our time. The United States is now making a …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Tokyo and Seoul

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 10, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK), March 15–18 to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to strengthening our alliances and to highlight cooperation that promotes peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and around the …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with ROK National Security Advisor Suh Hoon

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES MARCH 01, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with Republic of Korea National Security Advisor Suh Hoon. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Suh reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, their shared commitment to coordinate closely on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and the importance of maintaining peace …

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U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateral Meeting on Shared North Korea-Related Challenges

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson February 18, 2021 The Biden Administration is committed to strengthening U.S. alliance relationships, particularly with our key Northeast Asian allies Japan and the Republic of Korea. As part of this effort, and against the backdrop of the Biden Administration’s ongoing North Korea policy review, representatives from the United States, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with ROK Foreign Minister Chung

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 11, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:‎ Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with ROK Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong. The Secretary congratulated the Foreign Minister on his new assignment and pledged full partnership to enhance the strength of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, which is the …

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Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World

U.S. Department of State Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. February 4, 2021 THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Secretary, it’s great to be here with you. And I’ve been looking forward a long time to be able to call you “Mr. Secretary.” Good afternoon, everyone. It’s an honor to be back at the State Department under …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with ROK President Moon Jae-in

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES FEBRUARY 03, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to stress his commitment to strengthening the United States-ROK alliance, which is the linchpin for peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia. The two leaders agreed to closely coordinate on the Democratic People’s Republic …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with ROK Foreign Minister Kang

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 26, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. During the call, the Secretary and the Foreign Minister affirmed the enduring strength and importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, the linchpin of …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s Call With Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Suh Wook

The Department of Defense Release January 23, 2021 Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense Suh Wook today to reaffirm the ironclad U.S.-ROK Alliance and emphasize the importance of close cooperation between the two countries. During …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call ROK National Security Advisor Suh Hoon 

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES JANUARY 22, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with Republic of Korea National Security Advisor Suh Hoon. Mr. Sullivan stressed the Biden administration’s commitment to further strengthening the U.S.-ROK alliance. They discussed the importance of close coordination on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as well as on …

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U.S.-Republic of Korea 10th Joint Committee Meeting Statement

OTHER RELEASE DECEMBER 17, 2020 Today, December 17, 2020, the United States and the Republic of Korea convened virtually for the 10th Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) Policy Dialogue to further strengthen collaboration between our world-class scientific communities. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director Kelvin Droegemeier opened the JCM and emphasized the …

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Meetings During Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to the Republic of Korea

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 11, 2020 On December 11, Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha at the conclusion of his December 8-11 trip to Seoul. During his meetings with senior ROK officials in Seoul, Deputy …

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The Future of the United States and the Korean Peninsula

REMARKS STEPHEN BIEGUN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE ASAN INSTITUTE SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA DECEMBER 10, 2020 As Prepared Good afternoon. It’s great to be back in Seoul and an honor to be here at the Asan Institute with so many distinguished experts on the Korean Peninsula and the Indo-Pacific region. During my many visits to …

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Meetings with Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Choi and Special Representative Lee

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 9, 2020 The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun met today in Seoul with Republic of Korea (ROK) First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun and Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security …

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The International Visitor Leadership Program: Celebrating 80 Years

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE December 7, 2020 To mark the 80th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State will host a virtual reception and storytelling workshop on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. ET entitled, “My IVLP Moment.” The …

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to the Republic of Korea

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 6, 2020 Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun will travel to Seoul December 8-11. He will meet with officials in the Republic of Korea to discuss the U.S.-ROK Alliance and our shared commitment to regional security, stability, and prosperity throughout the …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Summit on Women’s Leadership in STEM

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United States Trade Representative November 19, 2019 Washington, DC –  United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue are pleased to announce that the Trump Administration has reached an agreement with the government of South Korea on market access for U.S. rice. Under the agreement, Korea will provide access for 132,304 …

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Senior State Department Official On East Asian and Pacific Affairs

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Secretary Esper Travels to South Korea, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam

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(Photo) Under Secretary Krach, Assistant Secretary Stilwell and Ambassador Harris Meet with Foreign Minister Kang

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(Photo) CDA Rob Rapson Congratulates HP Printing Korea on Their New Pangyo Office

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The United States and ASEAN: Expanding the Enduring Partnership

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2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum Showcases High-Standard U.S. Investment

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 3, 2019 Over 1,000 business and government leaders from the United States and across the Indo-Pacific region gathered on November 4 in Bangkok for the Indo-Pacific Business Forum to promote the value of high-standard investment, transparency, rule of law, and private-sector-led economic development. The nearly 200 U.S. business …

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Under Secretary Keith Krach Visits Seoul

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Assistant Secretary Stilwell’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Deputy Foreign Minister Yoon Soon-gu

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U.S. & ROK Issue a Joint Factsheet on their Regional Cooperation Efforts

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson November 2, 2019 The text of the following fact sheet was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea following bilateral consultations on the margins of the East Asia Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. Begin Text: Fact Sheet The Republic of Korea and …

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Assistant Secretary Stilwell Travels to Japan, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, and China

Media note Office of the Spokesperson October 24, 2019 Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell will visit Tokyo, Rangoon, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Seoul, and Beijing, October 24 to November 7. […] On November 5, the Assistant Secretary will travel to Seoul to meet with government officials to discuss the strength of the U.S.-ROK alliance and cooperation …

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Korea Special Measures Agreement Negotiations October 22-24

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson October 18, 2019 The United States will host the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Honolulu, Hawaii October 22-24 for consultations on the Special Measures Agreement (SMA).  The SMA, a type of burden-sharing agreement, is the mechanism by which the Republic of Korea shares the costs of U.S. forces to …

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Warsaw Process Working Group Statement

Media Note Office of The Spokesperson October 8, 2019 The United States, Poland, and the Republic of Korea convened the Warsaw Process cybersecurity working group in Seoul October 7 to 8.  Nearly 50 delegations from around the world participated in the working group.  Delegations discussed the importance of strengthening cooperation to promote stability in cyberspace, …

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The United States and South Korea Sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Development Cooperation

October 1, 2019 Office of Press Relations On September 30, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant to the Administrator Chris Maloney signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Director-General for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of Korea, Oh Hyunjoo, to strengthen the global partnership in development …

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

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By ShareAmerica September 6, 2019 The Trump administration’s strategy for the Indo-Pacific region is based on the belief that nations in that region should be independent, strong, and satellites to none. “Our Indo-Pacific vision is about developing … deep and respectful relationships, based on security, respect for the rule of law, and mutually beneficial economic …

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Special Representative Stephen Biegun’s Travel to Japan and the Republic of Korea

August 16, 2019 U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to Japan from August 19th to 20th and Seoul from August 20th to 22nd to meet with Japanese and Republic of Korea officials to further strengthen coordination on the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK.

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

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Press Releases: Special Representative Biegun Travel to the Republic of Korea, China, and Japan

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Remarks by President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un Before Bilateral Meeting

Capella Hotel Singapore Q Mr. President, how do you feel (inaudible)? PRESIDENT TRUMP: I feel really great. We’re going to have a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success. It will be tremendously successful. And it’s my honor. And we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt. CHAIRMAN KIM: (As interpreted.) Well, it …

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

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

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Statement Regarding the Summit Between the United States and North Korea

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

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Press Briefing by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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

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U.S.-Republic of Korea Energy Security Dialogue

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

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Canada, Singapore, South Korea, and China

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada on June 9 to join President Donald Trump as the President and leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, as well as the European Union, convene for Group of Seven (G7) meetings. …

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2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

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

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Release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

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

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

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

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Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

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

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

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

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President Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

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

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Secretary Pompeo Remarks With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang at a Press Availability

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

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

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

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea

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

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Statement from 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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