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

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

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

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

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

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

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2020 Investment Climate Statements Released

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

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

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

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Republic of Korea National Day

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

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Partners on COVID-19

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

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Proclamation on National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2020

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

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

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

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On the Death of General Paik Sun-yup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulatory Remarks at AMCHAM Doing Business in America Seminar

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

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Trafficking in Persons Report 2020

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

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

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

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Congratulatory Remarks for Gwanghwamun Arirang Special Art Exhibition

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

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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 Pompeo’s Call with Partners on COVID-19

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 3, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, and the Republic of Korea. Secretary Pompeo and his counterparts discussed the importance of continued close coordination in response to the COVID-19 …

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31st Anniversary of  Tiananmen Square

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 3, 2020 Today we honor the brave Chinese people whose peaceful calls for democracy, human rights, and a corruption-free society came to a violent end when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sent the People’s Liberation Army into Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, armed with tanks and guns. While the …

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Joint Readout From the 12th Japan, Republic of Korea, and U.S. Defense Trilateral Talks

Immediate Release May 13, 2020 Defense officials from Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and the United States met via video-teleconference on May 12/13th, 2020, for the twelfth Defense Trilateral Talks (DTT). Japanese Director General for Defense Policy Akihiro Tsuchimichi, ROK Deputy Minister for National Defense Policy Chung Sukhwan, and U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of …

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Indo-Pacific Cooperation on COVID-19

Fact Sheet May 12, 2020 As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for our collective …

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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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Joint Press Statement for the 17th Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD)

Immediate Release April 21, 2020 […] Both sides assessed the ongoing joint work to conclude the 11th Special Measures Agreement (SMA), emphasizing the importance of concluding the SMA at a fair and mutually agreeable level that strengthens the ROK-U.S. Alliance and its combined defense posture. Both delegations reviewed the Conditions-Based Operational Control (OPCON) Transition Plan …

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Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room April 18, 2020 […] THE PRESIDENT: As our experts said yesterday, America’s testing capability and capacity is fully sufficient to begin opening up the country, totally. Indeed, our system is by far the most robust and advanced anywhere in the world, by far. The rest of the world will …

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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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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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Remarks by President, Vice President, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room March 14, 2020 […] DR. BIRX: Yeah. No, thank you, Mr. Vice President, for mentioning that because, as I told you, in South Korea there are 250,000-plus tests. About 96-plus percent were negative. So — and that was with symptoms. So we’re working very hard integrating everything they have …

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President Trump Declares National Emergency to Address Coronavirus

Rose Garden March 13, 2020 […] To unleash the full power of the federal government in this effort, today I am officially declaring a national emergency.  Two very big words.  The action I am taking will open up access to up to $50 billion of very importantly — very important and a large amount of …

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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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Briefing with Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper

SPECIAL BRIEFING R. CLARKE COOPER, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF POLITICAL-MILITARY AFFAIRS PRESS CORRESPONDENTS’ ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 6, 2020 […] QUESTION:  Can I ask about SMA with South Korea?  General Abrams has issued the 30-day notice of furloughs.  So could you just update us on the status?  And also, will the coronavirus outbreak affect any …

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Press Briefing by Vice President Pence and Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room March 4, 2020 […] Q    You’ve put travel restrictions on travel Italy and South Korea.  Are you considering more — imposing more restrictions on travel? THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’m going to ask Dr. Fauci to speak to that.  At this time, they’re not recommending that the President impose …

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Call with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 3, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: On February 29, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun spoke by phone with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. The two discussed the COVID-19 outbreak and the two countries’ response. Deputy Secretary Biegun and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed …

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Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center National Harbor, Maryland February 29, 2020 […] And we’re raising the State Department travel advisories for South Korea and Italy, unfortunately, including a level four — that’s the highest: “Do not travel.” It’s a “do not travel” advisory for several areas of both countries. There are two areas of …

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Readout from the White House Coronavrius Task Force Meeting

March 1, 2020 Vice President Mike Pence today convened a regularly scheduled White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting via phone at 4:00 pm EST. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield provided the latest update on the Coronavirus including the actions …

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Remarks by President, Vice President, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room February 26, 2020 THE PRESIDENT: Johns Hopkins…they did a study, comprehensive: “The Countries Best and Worst Prepared for an Epidemic.” […] This is a list of the different countries.  The United States is rated number one most prepared.  United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Thailand, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea, Finland.  …

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

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERS ON FEBRUARY 15, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in a trilateral meeting on the margins of the Munich Security Conference. Secretary Pompeo, Foreign Minister Kang, …

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

Media Note February 12, 2020 Deputy Special Representative for North Korea Alex Wong met with officials from the Republic of Korea Blue House, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Unification to discuss the continued U.S.-ROK coordination on achieving our shared goals of complete denuclearization and bringing lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula in …

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

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Association of American States Offices in Korea (ASOK) 30th Anniversary Luncheon Event InterContinental Seoul, COEX January 15, 2020 AS PREPARED Thank you very much for this certificate of recognition. First, congratulations on an impressive 30-year Anniversary!  We’re here today to celebrate the foresight that 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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Congratulatory Remarks on “K-Pop and Innovation” at 2020 New Year Seminar

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

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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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Special Representative Biegun Travels to the Republic of Korea and Japan

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 13, 2019 Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to Seoul and Tokyo December 15-19 to meet with his counterparts in the Republic of Korea and Japan and continue close allied coordination on North Korea.  Deputy Special Representative for North Korea Alex Wong and NSC Senior Director for …

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Resolution Supporting the Republic of Korea

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee December 11, 2019 WASHINGTON – Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved his bipartisan resolution expressing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Korea and the contributions of Korean …

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[OP-ED] United States and South Korea : Expanding our Partnership in the Indo-Pacific Region

[OP-ED] By Harry Harris, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Last week the Republic of Korea hosted its third special summit with ASEAN, making it the first nation ever to do so. This distinction is no coincidence. For many years South Korea has played an important role with ASEAN. In November 2017, the Moon …

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang

Readout Office of the Spokesperson November 24, 2019 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:On November 23, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Nagoya, Japan on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The Deputy Secretary and Foreign Minister pledged to maintain …

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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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United States and South Korea Reach Agreement on Guaranteed Market Access for American Rice

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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Training Event Postponed to Encourage North Korea to Return to Negotiations

U.S. Department of Defense November 17, 2019 The U.S. and South Korea are postponing a combined flying training event that was scheduled to start tomorrow in South Korea, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday. “The reason we’re doing that is to give the North Koreans an opportunity to reconsider some of …

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Senior State Department Official On East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Special Briefing Office of the Spokesperson Press Correspondents Room Washington, D.C. November 15, 2019 […] In Korea, in Seoul, I enjoyed productive discussions with senior ROK leaders. In all of these meetings, I reaffirmed the alliance with the Republic of Korea. It continues to be the lynchpin of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific. As …

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

November 7, 2019 Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper embarks Wednesday, Nov. 13, to visit South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. In South Korea, Secretary Esper will attend the 51st U.S. – ROK Security Consultative Meeting where he will meet with his counterpart and other senior South Korean officials to discuss the Alliance …

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

November 6, 2019 – Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy Security, and the Environment Keith Krach, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell, and U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where they had a productive discussion on issues related to the U.S.-ROK Alliance with Foreign Minister …

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

November 5, 2019 – Chargé d’Affaires Rob Rapson participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony where he praised HP’s pledge of environmental sustainability, dedication to STEM education and talent development. Senior HP Printing executives from Palo Alto, Vice Governor of Gyeonggi Lee Hwa-soon, Seongnam Mayor Eun Soo-mi also attended the ceremony.

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The United States and ASEAN: Expanding the Enduring Partnership

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 3, 2019 U.S. engagement with the ten member states of ASEAN has never been stronger.  The United States welcomed ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific Outlook, and its close complementarity with America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, as well as the regional approaches of our allies and partners.  The United States aims to uphold sovereignty, transparency, …

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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

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 4, 2019 Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy Security, and the Environment Keith Krach travels to Seoul, the Republic of Korea (ROK), November 5-7. On November 5, Under Secretary Krach arrives in Seoul. On November 6-7, he will lead the U.S. delegation to both the fourth …

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

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 2, 2019 On November 2, Assistant Secretary Stilwell met with Republic of Korea Deputy Foreign Minister Yoon Soon-gu on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit. They pledged to maintain close coordination to ensure the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and reaffirmed …

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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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Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on EAP and Int’l. Cybersecurity Policy

Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy Remarks David R. Stilwell, Assistant Secretary Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy Washington, DC October 16, 2019 […] North Korea ARIA calls for …

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U.S. Special Representative’s Meetings with ROK Special Representative and Japanese Director General

Readout of Special Representative Biegun’s Meetings with ROK Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Ambassador Lee Do-hoon and Japanese Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Shigeki Takizaki Media Note Office of The Spokesperson October 8, 2019 Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun met with his Republic of Korea and Japanese counterparts, …

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

InterContinental New York Barclay New York, New York September 23, 2019 5:29 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  We’re pleased to be with President Moon of South Korea.  We have a long-term friendship, and we are making a lot of progress.  We are working on tremendous trade deals.  We — as you …

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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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Promoting prosperity in the Indo-Pacific

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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Readout of the Defense Ministerial Meeting Between the Republic of Korea and the United States

August 9, 2019 Department of Defense Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan R. Hoffman provided the following readout: Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo and the U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper held a ROK-U.S. Defense Ministerial meeting August 9, 2019, in Seoul where they discussed the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, …

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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 Michael R. Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

JULY 11, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke by phone yesterday with R.O.K. Foreign Minister Kang. They reaffirmed their commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the D.P.R.K., the importance of U.S.-Japan-R.O.K. trilateral cooperation, and agreed to continue working closely together to address common challenges in …

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Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell Travels to Japan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, and Thailand

JULY 9, 2019 David R. Stilwell will visit Japan, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and Thailand, July 10–21, 2019, in his first trip as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He will visit Tokyo, July 11-14, to meet senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of …

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Special Representative Biegun’s Travel to Brussels and Berlin

JULY 6, 2019 U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to Brussels July 8-9 and Berlin July 10-11 for meetings with European officials and with Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon to advance our shared efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of …

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President Trump and President Moon Reaffirm United States’ and Republic of Korea’s Ironclad Alliance

July 2, 2019 President Donald J. Trump visited the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) June 29–30. During this visit, President Trump and R.O.K. President Moon Jae-in affirmed the unbreakable bond between our two countries and committed to further strengthen our bilateral relationship. Both sides reaffirmed that the strong U.S.-R.O.K. alliance is the linchpin of peace and …

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Remarks by President Trump, Chairman Kim and President Moon in Greeting at Korean Demilitarized Zone

June 30, 2019 Outside the Inter-Korean House of Freedom Panmunjom 3:47 P.M. KST Q    How do you feel? PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I feel great.  It’s a great honor to be here. Q    Chairman Kim, how do you feel? CHAIRMAN KIM:  (As interpreted.)  President Trump has just walked across the demarcation line.  That made him the first …

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Remarks by President Trump and DPRK Chairman Kim Jong Un in 1:1 Meeting

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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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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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Security Meeting Examines Wartime Control of Forces in South Korea

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Joint Statement on the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement

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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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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 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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USTR Publishes Agreed Outcomes from US-Korea FTA Amendment and Modification Negotiations

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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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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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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Press Availability at the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Singapore August 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s been an honor to participate in my first ASEAN ministerial meetings here in Singapore. I want to first thank Foreign Minister Balakrishnan for hosting. We have reaffirmed our strong bilateral relationship, and it’s great to be back in Singapore …

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U.S. Embassy Support of LGBTI Rights

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

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Remarks by Secretary Mattis with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo in South Korea Prior to Bilateral Meeting

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis June 28, 2018 SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES N. MATTIS:  Thank you Minister Song and it’s a pleasure to see you again after meeting in Singapore earlier this month, of course in Hawaii as well, as we continue with what you accurately described as our water tight consultations. I thank you …

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Secretary’s Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

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2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

The 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report is available in PDF and HTML formats. The PDF is available as a complete one-piece file and as individual sections for easier download. Republic of Korea Report [ English – PDF 132 KB[Korean – PDF 232 KB ] Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Report [ English – PDF 130 KB[Korean – PDF 236 KB ] Full Report [English – PDF 9.9 MB]  Senior State Department Official on the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report  Secretary’s Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

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(Photo Gallery) Assistant Secretary of State Marie Royce Meets WEST Exchange Students

June 22, 2018 – U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational And Cultural Affairs Marie Royce  (3rd from left) Addressed Roughly 200 Korean Participants in the Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) Exchange Heading to the United States for Intensive English Coursework and Professional Internships.

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

On June 17, Secretary Pompeo spoke with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of the Republic of Korea to discuss next steps in the wake of the historic Singapore summit.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed that the United States and the Republic of Korea remain committed to the goal of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization.  …

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Joint Press Conference of Secretary Pompeo, ROK FM Kang and Japanese FM Kono

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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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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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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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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017

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MEDIA NOTE: Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton Travels to Seoul and Tokyo

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The U.S.-ROK relationship has never been stronger. At the core of our relationship is our treaty alliance.  For 65 years, the U.S.-ROK Alliance has served as a linchpin for security, stability, and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, in the Asia Pacific region and, increasingly, around the world. There has been no shift in our North …

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Fact Sheet: New U.S. Trade Policy and National Security Outcomes with the Republic of Korea

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

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U.S. Presidential Delegation to Attend the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: Celebrating the Lunar New Year

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I wish people around the world good health, peace, and prosperity on the occasion of the Lunar New Year on February 16, 2018. Let us endeavor to continue to foster closer cooperation, promote greater understanding, and build a better world for each other and …

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Remarks by Vice President Pence in Meeting with North Korean Defectors

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

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Defense Secretary Mattis, South Korean Counterpart Reaffirm Strength of Alliance

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U.S.-ROK Hold Second Meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group

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Co-chairs’ Summary of the Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland

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Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to Republic of Korea

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

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Spokesperson statement on Talks between South Korea and North Korea on the Winter Olympics

The United States welcomes the January 9 meeting between the Republic of Korea and North Korea aimed at ensuring a safe, secure, and successful Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.  The United States remains in close consultations with ROK officials, who will ensure North Korean participation in the Winter Olympics does not violate the sanctions imposed by …

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Defense Secretary Mattis, South Korean Counterpart Discuss Alliance Issues

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PyeongChang Games a Beacon for Universal Access to Sports

This winter the world will turn its gaze toward Gangwon Province as the Republic of Korea (ROK) hosts the 23rd Olympic Winter Games.  I congratulate Korea for its extraordinary efforts in preparing for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. These PyeongChang Games represent an opportunity to show the world the ROK’s remarkable achievements since …

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tina Kaidanow Travels to California, ROK, and the Philippines

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Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun Travels to the Republic of Korea

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On November 7-8, President Donald J. Trump made the first state visit to the Republic of Korea by a United States President in 25 years.  The President participated in an official state dinner at the Cheongwadae and his third bilateral summit with Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in, addressed the National Assembly, and met with …

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Remarks by President Trump to the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea

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Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon at State Dinner

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President Trump’s Trip to Asia

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Secretary Tillerson Travels to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Burma

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Secretary of Defense Mattis’ Meetings with ROK President, NSA and Foreign Minister

Photo Caption: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with South Korea Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha during a visit to Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 27, 2017. (DOD Photo) Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: On October 26, 2017, in separate meetings in Seoul, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Republic of …

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Joint News Conference with Secretary Mattis and ROK Defense Minister Song

STAFF:  Minister Song will first deliver his remarks. DEFENSE MINISTER SONG YOUNG-MOO (through translator):  Secretary Mattis and I help the 49th ROK-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting, which was an opportunity for us to engage in a candid discussion on the ROK-U.S. alliance’s readiness posture for the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the alliance’s …

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Remarks by Secretary Mattis, Minister Onodera and Minister Song at ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JIM MATTIS:  Minister Onodera and Minister Song, military officers, members of the delegations gathered here today, first, I’m sure I speak for all of us that we are grateful for the Philippines hosting this forum that allows us to get together. Minister Onodera, Minister Song, I’m honored to join you, two valiant, …

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

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, and Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo convened the 9th Trilateral Defense Ministerial Meeting in Clark, Philippines on October 23 on the margins of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministerial Meeting Plus. Their joint press statement is available  here.

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Mattis’ Meeting with Republic of Korea Minister Song

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo in Clark, Philippines on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting Plus to discuss regional and global security issues, including the threat posed by North Korea.  Secretary …

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Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Travel to Asia

The White House October 16, 2017 As was announced on September 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii, from November 3-14, 2017. This update provides further details about the President’s itinerary. The President’s travel will underscore his commitment to longstanding United States …

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Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan’s Travel to Tokyo and Seoul

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U.S., South Korean Weather Forecasters Partner to Provide Better Products

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Franklin Ramos, 51st Fighter Wing OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea, Oct. 10, 2017 — The  51st Operations Support Squadron  Weather Flight based  here  provides weather warnings and five-day forecasts preparing  the troops for any weather situation. Accurate weather forecasting is integral in assisting the flying units with weather information specific to each mission. Providing Better Weather Forecasts Therefore, …

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Announcement of President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Travel to Asia

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii from November 3-14, 2017. The President will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral, and cultural engagements—including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit—demonstrating his continued commitment to …

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Joint Readout of the Meeting between President Trump of the United States and President Moon of ROK

The White House September 22, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met in New York with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea to discuss the serious and escalating threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. The two presidents condemned in the strongest terms North Korea’s continued provocations, including its sixth nuclear test on September …

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Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the ROK Before Bilateral Meeting

President Trump President Moon Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York September 21, 2017 PRESIDENT TRUMP : Thank you very much. It’s a great privilege to be with President Moon of South Korea. As you probably know, we’ve had a few discussions over the last number of months, and I actually think we’re making …

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Remarks by President Trump, ROK President Moon, and Japanese PM Abe Before Trilateral Meeting

Remarks Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York September 21, 2017 12:15 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP : Today I’m announcing a new executive order I just signed that significantly expands our authorities to target individuals, companies, financial institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea. As I outlined at my address to …

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Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Republic of Korea National Day

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

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07/19/17 – State Department Releases Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2017 Today the State Department released its annual report, Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, which provides the Department of State’s annual Congressionally-mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired from January 1 to December 31, 2016. The report provides policy-related assessments, country-by-country breakdowns …

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07/19/17 – KORUS-AQ: An International Cooperative Air Quality Field Study in Korea

Introduction  Air Quality is an environmental concern of fundamental importance across the globe. The need to monitor and understand air quality requires continual effort as populations grow, energy use increases, and industrial activity evolves. Air quality goals have also evolved as improved understanding of health effects has demonstrated the added benefit of setting lower targets …

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07/07/17 – Joint Statement from the United States of America, Republic of Korea, and Japan

President Donald J. Trump, President Moon Jae-in, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Hamburg, Germany, on July 6 to discuss the serious and escalating threat posed by the nuclear and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).  The three leaders condemned the DPRK’s unprecedented launch, on July 4, of a …

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06/30/17 – Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

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06/30/17-Remarks by President Trump, President Moon, Commerce Secretary Ross, and NEC Director Cohn in Bilateral Meeting

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[6/28-7/1/17] President Trump Welcomes President Moon to the White House

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06/29/17 – Remarks by the President at a Dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-in

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Acting Assistant Secretary Anita Friedt To Travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan

Washington, DC Acting Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Anita Friedt will travel to Seoul and Tokyo from June 12-16 for meetings and events focused on U.S. nuclear policy and extended deterrence. For more information on the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, visit www.state.gov/t/avc and follow @StateAVC on Twitter.

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Washington, DC Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon will travel to Tokyo and Seoul June 12-15. During his visits to our treaty allies in Northeast Asia, he will reaffirm our alliance commitments and continue close coordination on the maintenance of stability and prosperity in the region. While in Tokyo June 12-13, Under Secretary Shannon …

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05/19/17 – Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With ROK Special Envoy Hong Seok-hyun

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

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05/16/17 – Remarks at a Joint Press Availability Before UNSC Consultations on DPRK

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05/10/17 – President 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 congratulate him and the Korean people on his great election victory and their peaceful, democratic transition of power.  President Trump and President Moon agreed to continue to strengthen the United States-Republic of Korea alliance and to deepen the enduring …

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05/09/17 – White House Statement on Republic of Korea Presidential Election

Statement from the Press Secretary We congratulate President-elect Moon Jae-in and join the people of South Korea in celebrating their peaceful, democratic transition of power.  We look forward to working with President-elect Moon to continue to strengthen the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea and to deepen the enduring friendship and …

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04/25/17 – Bilateral Dialogue Between the U.S. and the ROK on Counterterrorism

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04/21/17: U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral Meeting in Tokyo

On April 25, the United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun will travel to Tokyo for a trilateral meeting with Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Kenji Kanasugi and Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Kim Hong-kyun.  The three plan …

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04/18/17 – Vice President’s Wife Puts Spotlight on Art Therapy

Art can be therapeutic. Karen Pence, wife of the U.S. vice president, is championing that message as she travels with her husband to South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia April 15–25. Art therapy uses painting, drawing or other artwork to help people suffering trauma or sickness who cannot find the words to express their anxiety, pain …

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