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

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

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

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

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC June 28, 2018 [View Video: 7”37’] Republic of Korea Report [ English ] Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Report [ English ] Full Report [Englsih – PDF 9.9 MB]  Senior State Department Official on the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report    MS JOHNSTONE: Hello, and welcome to the Department of State. My name is Kari Johnstone and I’m the acting director for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking ...
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2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

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

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Seoul, South Korea [ View Video: 2’34” ] MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to now begin the Korea, U.S., and Japan Foreign Ministers Meeting joint press conference. Today, we have been joined by the Minister Kang Kyung-wha, the Secretary Pompeo, and Foreign Minister Kono. They will speak for five minutes. And as was ...
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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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Remarks on the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental ...
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MEDIA NOTE: Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton Travels to Seoul and Tokyo

Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton will travel to Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 22-24, followed by Tokyo, Japan, April 24-27.  During her visits to our treaty allies in Northeast Asia she will reaffirm U.S. alliance commitments and coordinate on issues of importance for the maintenance of security and prosperity in ...
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Excerpts from the Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper at Korean-American Club Forum

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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Joint Statement by the USTR Robert E. Lighthizer and ROK Minister for Trade Hyun Chong Kim

Today, Ambassador Lighthizer and Minister Kim are pleased to announce that the United States and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreement in principle on the general terms of amendments and modifications to the United States-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).  The nations have also agreed on terms for a country exemption ...
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Readout of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster’s Meeting

Readout of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster’s Meeting with National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong of the Republic of Korea and Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi of Japan National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster of the United States, National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong of the Republic of Korea, and Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi of Japan held ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On March 16, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with ROK Foreign Minister Kang in Washington, D.C. Deputy Secretary Sullivan and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance is the lynchpin of stability and security in the ...
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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 ongoing efforts to prepare for their upcoming engagements with North Korea.  Both leaders affirmed the importance of learning from the mistakes of the past, and pledged continued, close coordination to maintain maximum pressure on the North Korean regime.  ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson: U.S.-ROK Special Measures Agreement Consultations

Representatives from the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will meet in Honolulu, Hawaii March 7-9 for the first round of consultations to develop the 10th Special Measures Agreement (SMA), which will enter into force in 2019.  Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements Timothy Betts from the Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs ...
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U.S. Presidential Delegation to Attend 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

President Donald J. Trump today announced the members of the Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Korea to attend the Opening Ceremony and events of the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games beginning Friday, March 9, 2018. The Honorable Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The ...
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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 congratulate him on the success of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. President Trump thanked President Moon for his hospitality to the United States Presidential Delegations to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies led by Vice President Mike Pence and Advisor ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is committed to achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The United States, our Olympic Host the Republic of Korea, and the international community broadly agree that denuclearization must be the result of any dialogue with North Korea. The maximum pressure campaign must continue until North ...
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U.S. Presidential Delegation to Attend the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics

President Trump Announces the Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Korea to Attend the Closing Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of the Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Korea to attend the Closing Ceremony and events of the ...
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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 Press Gaggle at Cheonan Memorial

Cheonan Memorial Seoul, Republic of Korea THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you all for being here.  We’re rounding out a very productive start in South Korea.  Last night, we had a very substantive evening of discussions in our bilateral meeting with President Moon.  It was a strong affirmation of the unbreakable bond between the people ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence in Meeting with North Korean Defectors

West Sea Protection Hall Seoul, Republic of Korea THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you all for being here.  We’re very grateful for your presence.  We’re very grateful for your courage.  And on our second visit to Korea, my wife and I wanted the honor of meeting with men and women who fled the tyranny of ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence and President Moon of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

Blue House Seoul, Republic of Korea PRESIDENT MOON: (As interpreted.) First of all, I’d like to welcome the Vice President of the U.S. delegation to Korea. It is a great pleasure to be able to see you again, Mr. Vice President. I remember, last July, when I visited the United States, you took time out ...
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U.S. Presidential Delegation to Attend Winter Olympics

President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Korea to Attend the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Korea to attend the Opening Ceremony and events of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

Remarks as prepared for delivery TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American ...
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President and First Lady Announce Additional Special Guests for the State of the Union Address

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are pleased to announce the following special guests, seated with the First Lady, at the President’s first State of the Union Address: Fred and Cindy Warmbier: Fred and Cindy Warmbier’s son, Otto, was a University of Virginia student when he was detained in the Pyongyang airport ...
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Defense Secretary Mattis, South Korean Counterpart Reaffirm Strength of Alliance

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and South Korea Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-South Korea alliance and the mission to defend South Korea and to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula during a bilateral meeting yesterday at  U.S. Pacific Command ’s headquarters in Honolulu, DoD officials reported in a  statement . ...
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U.S.-ROK Hold Second Meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group

The United States of America and the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) held the second meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group (EDSCG) in Washington, D.C., on January 17, 2018. This executive meeting provides a forum for comprehensive discussions on strategic and policy issues regarding extended deterrence against North Korea, including how to better ...
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Co-chairs’ Summary of the Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Statements From  Global Affairs Canada On January 16, 2018, Foreign Ministers and representatives of 20 countries from across the globe met in Vancouver, Canada, to demonstrate global solidarity in opposition to North Korea’s illegal and dangerous actions, and to advance diplomatic efforts towards a more stable, secure and denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Nearly seven decades after these states ‎stepped ...
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Opening Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson at the Vancouver Summit

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

Vancouver, Canada FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: Sorry to be a bit late. We had a lot we had to pack into the day. And thanks to everyone for joining us. I’d like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples including the territories of ...
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Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to Republic of Korea

WASHINGTON, DC – Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will lead the Presidential Delegation to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and attend the Opening Ceremony on February 9, 2018. The Vice President will also visit Seoul, Republic of Korea and Tokyo, Japan to participate in bilateral meetings with leaders to discuss security ...
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Readout of President Donald 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.  President Moon briefed President Trump on the outcomes of the discussions between North and South Korea on January 9 and thanked President Trump for his influential leadership in making the talks possible.  The two leaders underscored the importance of continuing ...
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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

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2018 — Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo spoke on the phone today to discuss a range of matters pertaining to the U.S.-South Korean alliance, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. In a statement summarizing the call, White said Mattis and Song “recognized the dangers of ...
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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 recent developments on the Korean Peninsula.  The two leaders agreed to continue the campaign of maximum pressure against North Korea and to not repeat mistakes of the past.  The United States and the Republic of Korea are committed ...
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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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Readout of President Donald 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 for the second time since North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on November 28. The two leaders discussed next steps to respond to this most recent provocation by North Korea, including how to bring maximum pressure to bear on ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tina Kaidanow Travels to California, ROK, and the Philippines

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow will travel to California, the Republic of Korea, and the Philippines November 29-December 7, for discussions on a variety of international security issues. In Laguna Niguel, California, Ambassador Kaidanow will deliver remarks at the annual Board of Governors’ Meeting of the Aerospace Industries Association. ...
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Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun Travels to the Republic of Korea

Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Joseph Yun will travel to Seoul and Jeju from November 14-17 for meetings with the R.O.K. government. Special Representative Yun will also to participate in the Northeast Asia Platform for Peace and Cooperation Conference and the United Nations Conference on Disarmament.
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President Donald J. Trump’s Visit to the Republic of Korea

 “Together, our two nations will handle threats to peace and security, stand up to those who would threaten our freedom, and boldly seize the incredible opportunities for a better, brighter, and more prosperous tomorrow.” – President Donald J. Trump STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL RESOLVE TO DENUCLEARIZE NORTH KOREA: President Donald J. Trump strengthened international resolve to address ...
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Press Gaggle by a Senior Administration Official Aboard Air Force One en route Beijing, China

Aboard Air Force One En Route Beijing, China SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: So just briefly, I’ll leave plenty of time for you to ask some questions. We just wrapped up the first state visit by an American President to South Korea in a quarter century; first speech before the National Assembly in roughly the same time ...
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Joint Press Release by the U.S.-ROK: President Donald Trump’s State Visit to the Republic of Korea

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

National Assembly Building Seoul, Republic of Korea PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Assembly Speaker Chung, distinguished members of this Assembly, ladies and gentlemen:  Thank you for the extraordinary privilege to speak in this great chamber and to address your people on behalf of the people of the United States of America. In our short time in your country, ...
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Readout of First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to the Republic of Korea

Upon landing at the Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea, First Lady Melania Trump flew to Seoul to help kick off the United States Embassy’s “Girls Play 2!” campaign, which is a program that garners support for the 2018 Winter Olympics and encourages girls’ increased participation in sports. Mrs. Trump then joined her ...
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Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon in Joint Press Conference

Blue House Seoul, Republic of Korea PRESIDENT MOON: (As interpreted.) I extend my heartfelt welcome to the visit by Your Excellency, President Donald Trump, and Madam First Lady to the Republic of Korea. His visit marks the first state visit by the U.S. President to Korea in 25 years. And President Trump is also the ...
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Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon at State Dinner

Blue House Seoul, Republic of Korea PRESIDENT MOON: (As interpreted.) Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s election victory. In Korea, we have a custom of holding a special celebration on one’s first birthday. So after pondering about how to best celebrate the first anniversary of President Trump’s victory, I decided to invite the ...
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Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon Before One-on-One Bilateral Meeting

Blue House Seoul, Republic of Korea PRESIDENT MOON: (As interpreted.) As President of the United States, this is the first state visit to Korea in 25 years. And since the launch of my new administration, this is the first state visit that I’m receiving from overseas. I would like to warmly welcome you and Mrs. ...
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Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon Before Expanded Bilateral Meeting

Blue House Seoul, Republic of Korea PRESIDENT MOON: (No translation provided.) PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much, Mr. President. And it’s an honor to be here with my representatives. And we’re going to have a very busy full day ahead. It is interesting that it is one year, as of tomorrow, that we had ...
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President Trump’s Trip to Asia

On Friday, President Donald J. Trump departed for Asia, his longest foreign trip to date and the longest trip to Asia by an American president in more than a quarter century. President Trump will utilize this trip to demonstrate the Administration’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and to strengthen U.S. alliances and partnerships. The President ...
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Secretary Tillerson Travels to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Burma

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

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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

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

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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

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06/30/17 – Joint Statement between the United States and the Republic of Korea

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

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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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[April 16-18, 2017] Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to the Republic of Korea

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Speaker of the National Assembly Chung Sye-Kyun

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04/14/17 – Second Lady Karen Pence to travel to the Asia-Pacific Region to Highlight Art Therapy and Recognize Military Service Members

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04/14/17 – Background Press Call on the Vice President’s Travel to ROK, Japan, Indonesia, and Australia

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04/06/17 – Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to the Republic of Korea

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[March 17-18, 2017] Secretary Tillerson’s Travel to South Korea

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03/17/17 – Remarks With Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se Before Their Meeting

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03/10/17 – Previewing Secretary Tillerson’s Travel to Japan, South Korea, and China

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03/06/17 – President’s Calls with Prime Minister of Japan and Acting President of ROK

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03/02/17 – Secretary of Treasury Mnuchin’s Call with ROK Deputy Prime Minister Yoo Il-ho

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02/27/17 – U.S.-Japan-R.O.K. Trilateral Joint Statement on North Korea

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02/23/17 – U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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02/14/17 – U.S. Sports Envoys Maia and Alex Shibutani Visit the Republic of Korea

February 14, 2017 American ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani will visit Seoul, Republic of Korea from February 20-21 as Sports Envoys for the U.S. Department of State.  As Sports Envoys, the brother-and-sister team will meet with Korean youth in advance of the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. In their role as Sports ...
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02/04/17 – U.S. Sports Envoy Chloe Kim Visits the Republic of Korea

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02/03/17 – Remarks by Secretary Mattis and Defense Minister Han in Seoul, Republic of Korea

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Readout : Secretary Mattis’ Meetings with ROK Acting President and ROK Nat’l Security Advisor

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01/30/17-Readout of Secretary Mattis’ Call with ROK Minister of National Defense Han Minkoo

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01/29/17-Readout of the President’s Call with Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn of the ROK

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01/24/17 – Department of State Media Note: New Embassy Compound Seoul

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 24, 2017 The Department of State selected SHoP Architects of New York, New York for the design of the new U.S. Embassy complex in Seoul, Korea. The multi-building complex will be situated on a 19.5-acre site in the Yongsan district of Seoul. The new complex will ...
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01/05/17 – Joint Press Availability with Japanese Vice FM and ROK First Vice FM

Press Availability Antony J. Blinken Deputy Secretary of State Washington, DC January 5, 2017 DEPUTY SECRETARY BLINKEN : Good afternoon, everyone. It is a great (inaudible). (Inaudible) really grateful for your presence here today. Since our inaugural deputy-level trilateral forum here in Washington almost two years ago, we’ve met six times carrying to new heights a ...
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01/05/17 – Key Outcomes of the U.S.-Japan-ROK Trilateral Vice Foreign Ministerial Meetings

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01/03/17 – Visit of Republic of Korea (ROK) Deputy National Security Advisor Cho Tae-yong

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 3, 2017  Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken will host First Deputy Director of the Republic of Korea (ROK) National Security Office Cho Tae-yong in Washington on January 6, 2017, for the fifth round of U.S.-ROK strategic consultations on North Korea policy. The two will discuss the international ...
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12/20/16 – Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group Joint Statement

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12/19/16 – U.S.-ROK-Japan Experts Meeting on Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure

On December 19, 2016 in Washington D.C, the United States hosted a trilateral cyber experts meeting on cybersecurity of critical infrastructure. The meeting included a discussion of cyber trends and threats to critical infrastructure, a scenario-based discussion on responding to malicious cyber activities, and other related issues. The three countries reaffirmed their commitment to advance ...
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12/09/16 – President Obama’s Statement on John Glenn

Remarks President Obama White House December 9, 2016 :  When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation.  And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and ...
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10/19/16 – Joint Statement of the 2016 U.S. – ROK Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Meeting

October 19, 2016 Preamble U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter convened a 2+2 meeting with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo in Washington, D.C. on October 19, 2016.  The U.S.-ROK 2+2 session, the fourth of its kind since 2010, preceded ...
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10/06/16 – USUN Ambassador Power, Travels to Japan and the ROK

Media Advisory Samantha Power Ambassador October 6, 2016 United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power will travel to Japan and Republic of Korea October 6-11, 2016. Ambassador Power will meet with senior government officials in Tokyo and Seoul to discuss a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues, and to reaffirm ...
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09/27/16 – Joint Statement on U.S.-Japan-ROK Women’s Empowerment Trilateral Forum

Media Note September 27, 2016 U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell, Japan Ambassador for Women, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Atsuko Nishimura, and the Republic of Korea Deputy Foreign Minister Jong-Moon Choi led the first-ever United States-Japan-Republic of Korea Women’s Empowerment Trilateral Forum in Washington, D.C., on September 27, 2016. As part of ...
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09/19/16 – Vice President Biden Welcomes Trilateral Cooperation on the Cancer Moonshot Initiative with the Republic of Korea and Japan

Vice President Biden THE WHITE HOUSE September 19, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vice President Biden convened a trilateral meeting of health experts from the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to discuss trilateral collaboration in support of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Led by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Japan Minister ...
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09/18/16 – Joint Statement Following the U.S.-Japan-ROK Trilateral Ministerial Meeting in New York

Press Statement Trilateral Ministerial Meeting New York September 18, 2016  Today the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-se, met in New York to ensure that the three countries remain in close coordination in the ...
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09/14/16 – Statement by Secretary Kerry: The Republic of Korea’s Chuseok Holiday

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State The Republic of Korea’s Chuseok Holiday September 14, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend my warmest wishes to the Korean people during the Chuseok holiday this September 15. Like Thanksgiving in the U.S., the Chuseok holiday follows a rich tradition of friends ...
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09/05/16 – North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launches

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC September 5, 2016 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan. These launches, which have become far too common in the past several months, violate multiple UN Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North ...
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08/11/16 – Statement by Secretary Kerry: The Republic of Korea’s Independence Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State The Republic of Korea’s Independence Day August 11, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend my congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea on the celebration of your Independence Day on August 15. Our bilateral partnership continues to thrive based on ...
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07/14/16 – Remarks With South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-Nam And Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama

Remarks Antony J. Blinken Deputy Secretary of State Honolulu, Hawaii July 14, 2016 Thank you very much. Good afternoon. Aloha. It is a sincere pleasure to be here in Hawaii with my colleagues and friends – Vice Foreign Minister Lim, Vice Foreign Minister Sugiyama – for the fourth deputy-level trilateral meeting of the United States, ...
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06/13/16 – Media Note: U.S. Hosts Japan and Republic of Korea for Trilateral Dialogue

Media Note June 13, 2016 The United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea held a trilateral dialogue on the Middle East and North Africa on June 13 in Washington, D.C. U.S. Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson hosted her counterparts, Japan’s Director-General for Middle Eastern and African Affairs Tsukasa Uemura and the ...
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05/27/16 – USNS Mercy Conducts MEDEVAC of South Korean Sailor

Pacific Partnership Public Affairs May 27, 2016 PACIFIC OCEAN — The hospital ship USNS Mercy conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) May 27 to assist a Republic of Korea sailor in need of medical attention. At approximately 10:30 a.m., May 26, Mercy, which is operated by military sealift command personnel from San Diego, CA, received orders ...
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05/03/16 – Assistant Secretary Daniel R. Russel Remarks at the JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS Forum 2016

Remarks Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary of state JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS Forum 2016 May 3, 2016 Thank you, Victor, for the introduction. I’m delighted to be here at CSIS with so many great Korea hands and old friends. Honored to be the warm-up act for Rich Armitage and Wendy Sherman later in the day! There’s always ...
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04/19/16 – U.S.-R.O.K.-Japan Trilateral Meeting Press Conference

Remarks Antony J. Blinken Deputy Secretary of State Seoul, South Korea April 19, 2016 Thank you very much. Let me first express my great appreciation to my good friends Vice Foreign Minister Lim and Vice Foreign Minister Saiki for what is now our third round of consultations in just the last year at the level ...
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04/15/16 – Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall’s Remarks at the American Center in Seoul, Korea — As Prepared for Delivery

Remarks Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall Deputy Secretary American Center Seoul, Korea April 15, 2016 INTRODUCTION Thank you, Mark, for the introduction. I am also honored today that my close colleague, and co-chair of the High Level Bilateral Commission, Ambassador Cho Tae-yul has joined us today. Our work together is so important to our two nations and it ...
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03/31/16 Remarks by President Obama, President Park Geun-Hye of the Republic of Korea, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan After Trilateral Meeting

Remarks President Obama President Park Geun-Hye  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, D.C. March 31, 2016 11:51 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, it is a pleasure to host President Park of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Abe of Japan, two of our closest allies in Asia, two of my closest ...
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03/18/16 – KORUS Turns Four: U.S.-Korea Trading Relationship Remains Strong

March 18, 2016 This week marks the fourth anniversary since the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) entered into force and our bilateral trade and investment relationship is substantially larger and stronger than before the KORUS agreement.  Since KORUS entered into force in 2012, the United States and South Korea have carried out five rounds of ...
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03/18/16 – KORUS Turns Four: U.S.-Korea Trading Relationship Remains Strong

March 18, 2016 This week marks the fourth anniversary since the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) entered into force and our bilateral trade and investment relationship is substantially larger and stronger than before the KORUS agreement.  Since KORUS entered into force in 2012, the United States and South Korea have carried out five rounds of ...
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02/25/16 – Assistant Secretary Russel Travel to The Republic of Korea and China

February 25, 2016 Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will travel to Seoul, February 26 for consultations with ROK officials on a wide range of regional and bilateral issues. He will then visit Beijing February 27 – March 1, where he will meet with Embassy staff and engage in ...
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02/16/16 – U.S. Remarks (THAAD Announcement)

Remarks Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal Chief of Staff, U.S. Forces Korea February 16, 2016 Thank you Deputy Defense Minister Yoo. I want to associate myself with your remarks and once again affirm the United States’ strong support of this important decision. To repeat, this was an alliance decision recommended by CFC [Combined Forces Command] Commander, ...
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02/12/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se in Munich

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 12, 2016   The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry met today on the margins of the Munich Security Conference with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. The two ministers agreed to continue our close coordination towards a robust and united international response ...
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01/06/16 – Readout of the President’s Call with President Park Geun-Hye of the Republic of Korea

President Obama’s Call January 6, 2016 President Obama spoke by phone today with President Park Geun-Hye of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to discuss the international response to North Korea’s nuclear test.  The two leaders condemned the test and agreed that North Korea’s actions constitute yet another violation of its obligations and commitments under international ...
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01/05/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Remarks: On the Passing of Ambassador Stephen Bosworth

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State January 5, 2016 Teresa and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ambassador Stephen Bosworth. From his tireless efforts as Special Representative for North Korea Policy to his distinguished service in countries such as the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, and Tunisia, Steve served our country ...
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January 5, 2016 (Photo)

Prof. Hope Elizabeth May of Central Michigan University gives a talk on ‘The Memory of Homer Hulbert and his Contribution to Korea’s Internationalism’ as part of the U.S.-Korea Relations: Legacy Series. Hulbert lived in Korea on and off between 1886 and 1907, eventually becoming the loudest Western voice advocating for Korean independence during the Japanese ...
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11/12/14 – Ambassador Mark Lippert Remarks at Korean–American Friendship Night

Congratulatory Remarks Ambassador Mark Lippert Korean–American Friendship Night Vista Hall, Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel November 12, 2014 : As Prepared for Delivery  Ambassador Han Sung-Joo, Speaker of National Assembly Chung Ui-hwa, Honorable Lee Hong-Koo, Chairman Choi Shin Won, members of the Korean American Association and 여러분; It is an honor to be here tonight – ...
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11/04/14 – Ambassador Mark Lippert and ROK Minister of Defense HAN, Min-koo Remarks at Ministry of National Defense

Ambassador Mark Lippert November 4, 2014 : ROK MINISTER OF DEFENSE:  Ambassador, once again I’d like to congratulate you on your appointment.  And I remember that when we met a couple weeks ago in Washington, D.C., you expressed your special affection and expectations  towards your service in Korea as well as describing your ambassadorial service ...
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10/31/14 – Ambassador Mark Lippert Remarks at Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Remarks Ambassador Mark Lippert Ministry of Foreign Affairs October 31, 2014 : Hi everybody.  Just wanted to say I had a very, very good first day in Korea. It’s been a real treat to meet some new Korean friends, meet the good team at the U.S. Embassy and then the highlight of the day is ...
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10/24/14 – Statement of Ambassador Mark Lippert

Ambassador Mark Lippert Swearing in Ceremony Treaty Room October 24, 2014 As Prepared for Delivery Secretary Kerry, thank you for kind and generous words.  I am honored by the trust that you and President Obama have placed in me, and inspired by your collective leadership on critical challenges around the world. Distinguished guests, friends, and ...
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