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Aug 23 2017
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Jan 03 2017

We do not believe that at this point in time he has the capability to tip one of these with a nuclear warhead ... but we do know that he continues to want to have those capabilities and the programs continue to march in that direction. We would not agree with that

Dec 21 2016 - Turkey

It's a ludicrous claim, absolutely false, there's no basis of truth in it whatsoever. Any notion that the United States was in any way supportive of this or behind this or even indirectly involved is absolutely

Dec 21 2016 - Ukraine Crisis

This decision by the Treasury Department had nothing to do with the time on the clock. It had everything to do with Russia's activities and support for the separatists in Ukraine and for their occupation of

Dec 21 2016 - Russia

It's a ludicrous claim, absolutely

Dec 20 2016 - Sanctions

It had to do with Russia's actions and it had to do with holding Russia accountable for what it's for its violation of Ukrainian territorial integrity and sovereignty. The next administration will obviously have to make their own decisions about this. We hope that they will come to see the wisdom in not conducting business as usual with Russia given their continued

Dec 20 2016 - Taliban

It's obviously reprehensible to hold them in the first place, let's put that aside, they need to be released period. But to include children in the video is specifically despicable. We want to see them all safely returned and I can assure you that this administration will continue to work very, very hard to see that

Dec 20 2016 - Russia

We are not excluded, we are not being

Dec 20 2016 - Multilateralism

The secretary doesn't see this as a snub at all. He sees it as another multilateral effort to try to get a lasting peace in Syria and he welcomes any progress towards

Dec 19 2016 - Turkey

We condemn this act of violence, whatever its

Dec 15 2016

We consistently call on China as well as other claimants to commit to peacefully managing and resolving disputes, to refrain from further land reclamation and construction of new facilities and the militarization of disputed

Dec 13 2016 - Aleppo

Rather than accepting the US proposal for an immediate cessation, the Russians informed us that a cessation could not start for several days, meaning that the assault by the regime and its supporters on Aleppo would continue until any agreement would go into effect. Given the dire situation in Aleppo, with the reports of continued attacks on civilians and infrastructure, this was simply not

Nov 22 2016 - Airbus

It's very much in keeping with our commitment to meeting our obligations under the JCPOA. There's no final

Nov 22 2016 - NATO

Russia has made threats to move its Iskander missiles to Kaliningrad for the past decade in response to a variety of developments in Europe, none of which demand such a military response. We call on Russia to refrain from words or deeds that are inconsistent with the goal of promoting security and

Nov 19 2016 - Aleppo

We've got credible claims from legitimate, well-established agencies that are reporting this. And they are hospitals, and they are patients – people that are trying to get well are in fact being bombed. And frankly, it doesn't really matter whose airplane is dropping the bomb – it's either the Syrians or the Russians or both – the fact is it's got to stop. It needs to

Nov 17 2016

But it's not for us to approve or disapprove of conversations that the president-elect is having or may have in the future with foreign

Nov 04 2016

The United States is deeply concerned by the Turkish government's detentions of opposition members of parliament ... and by government restrictions on internet actions

Nov 03 2016

Those are solid, they remain. But obviously, you also need to develop a good working relationship with the head of state. We're committed to doing

Nov 02 2016 - Israel

We strongly oppose settlement

Oct 31 2016 - Turkey

The United States is deeply concerned by what appears to be an increase in official pressure on opposition media outlets in

Oct 25 2016

We want to continue to see a verifiable, denuclearization of the peninsula. We want to see a return to the six-party talk process, and that means we need to see the North show a willingness and an ability to return to that process which they haven't done

Oct 21 2016

While foreign government information may be protected from public release, both the executive order on classification and the Foreign Affairs Manual acknowledge that FGI often can be maintained on unclassified systems. There are specific rules for how to handle FGI material given how we receive it. In other words, maintaining FGI on unclassified systems may not amount to mishandling the

Oct 21 2016

We are going to be seeking an explanation of exactly what the President

Oct 20 2016

We are going to be seeking an explanation of exactly what the president meant when he talked about separation from the U.S.. It's not clear to us exactly what that means in all its

Oct 19 2016 - Wikileaks

While our concerns about WikiLeaks are longstanding, any suggestion that Secretary (John) Kerry or the State Department were involved in shutting down WikiLeaks is

Oct 12 2016 - Yemen

Aid and assistance for any country are always under review and subject to modification. We are going to review our position and continue to have further policy

Oct 07 2016

We think comments like this, whether they are or will be backed up by actual action or not, are really at odds with the closeness of the relationships that we have with the people of the Philippines and which we fully intend to

Oct 06 2016

The president is trying to develop a relationship with the U.S. that is not too dependent on one

Oct 06 2016 - Ethiopia

We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and to the loved ones. We are providing all possible consular assistance. Out of respect for the family, we must decline further

Oct 06 2016 - US, Russia relations

I don't find them (comments like the warning) helpful to moving forward, to reach some sort of diplomatic solution here. But the Russians should speak for themselves and why they're saying that kind of

Oct 05 2016 - Wiretapping

We are extremely troubled by the way our employees have been treated over the past couple of years and we've raised those concerns at the highest levels. Harassment and surveillance of our diplomatic personnel in Moscow by security personnel and by traffic police have increased significantly and we find this absolutely

Oct 04 2016

The decision is likely an attempt to convey to Washington the price of cutting off dialogue on Syria and other

Oct 04 2016 - Russia

Unfortunately, Russia failed to live up to its own commitments ... and was also either unwilling or unable to ensure Syrian regime adherence to the arrangements to which Moscow

Oct 03 2016

Colombia can count on the continued support of the United States as it continues to seek democratic peace and prosperity for all Colombians. We support President Santos' proposal for unity of effort in support of a broad dialogue as the next step towards achieving a just and lasting

Oct 03 2016

Rather, Russia and the Syrian regime have chosen to pursue a military course, inconsistent with the Cessation of Hostilities, as demonstrated by their intensified attacks against civilian areas, targeting of critical infrastructure such as hospitals, and preventing humanitarian aid from reaching civilians in need, including through the September 19 attack on a humanitarian aid

Sep 28 2016

Our focus is on the relationship today and moving it forward. We continue to believe that that's possible. ... (W)e have significant security commitments with the Philippines. We're committed to meeting those commitments and to furthering this

Sep 28 2016

The secretary made clear the United States and its partners hold Russia responsible for this situation, including the use of incendiary and bunker buster bombs in an urban environment, a drastic escalation that puts civilians at great

Sep 24 2016

We can only speak to the records in our

Sep 19 2016 - US, Russia relations

The destination of this convoy was known to the Syrian regime and the Russian federation and yet these aid workers were killed in their attempt to provide relief to the Syrian

Sep 19 2016

Both summits are crucial to raising awareness of refugee and migration concerns, and both events are designed to harness the political will of member states to address the global refugee and migration crises we are all

Sep 19 2016 - Congo

The United States is also outraged and deeply disturbed by the physical obstruction and verbal aggression aimed at U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa Tom Perriello while he was departing from the Kinshasa airport on September

Sep 19 2016

We will be consulting with our Russian counterparts to continue to urge them to use their influence on Assad to these

Sep 03 2016

I'm not going to speak to past email practices. We trust State Department employees to use their best judgment when conveying sensitive information, taking into account a range of

Sep 02 2016

It's important to remember that the FBI memo and 302s are not transcripts – they are summaries. Furthermore, it is not appropriate to consider pieces of evidence outside of the broader context. So the State Department is not going to parse every individual piece of evidence that may be characterized through the media. As Director Comey noted in his July press conference, the FBI's view was that 'no charges are appropriate in this

Sep 01 2016

We continue to monitor her case

Aug 31 2016 - Daesh

We don't believe tactical operations between members of the SDF and Turkish forces, or forces supported by Turkey, to be productive in terms of the fight against

Aug 30 2016 - Taliban

The U.S. government is concerned about the couple's welfare and urged "their immediate release on humanitarian

Aug 19 2016

When you're inside that 24 hour period and you already now have concerns about the endgame in terms of getting your Americans out, it would have been foolish, and prudent, irresponsible, for us not to try to maintain maximum

Aug 18 2016

The payment of the $400 million was not done until after the prisoners were released. We took advantage of that to make sure we had the maximum leverage possible to get our people out and get them out

Aug 18 2016 - US, Russia relations

It is important for Russia to work with us ... to try to come to an agreement on the technicalities of these proposals, which if ... fully implemented in good faith, could allow the cessation of hostilities to be expanded across the

Aug 18 2016 - Iran

The U.S. withheld the delivery of the cash as leverage until Iran permitted the Americans to leave the

Aug 18 2016

The U.S. government was aware of the situation. We have seen media reports that two U.S. citizen athletes were detained. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular

Aug 06 2016 - Aleppo

We've been very concerned about the situation in Aleppo and we have made those concerns plain to Russian officials. Kerry had spoken to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in a phone call on

Aug 06 2016

We believe this approach is still worth pursuing. But it remains to be seen whether or not we can get

Jul 27 2016 - Iran

We've seen reports of the detention (in) Iran of a person reported to be a U.S. citizen, and I can tell you we are looking into that. He had no more information to

Jul 14 2016

The Secretary stressed US support for a sensible and measured approach to the Brexit process and offered to stay engaged as the UK government develops its

Jul 12 2016 - South China Sea

The ruling was binding on both parties and that the U.S. expected China and the Philippines both to comply with their obligations under the

Jul 06 2016 - Daesh

We've always made clear that the military campaign is not enough to defeat Daesh (Islamic State) or to remove the threat that it

Jul 04 2016 - Bangladesh

The Secretary (Kerry) encouraged the government of Bangladesh to conduct its investigation in accordance with the highest international standards and offered immediate assistance from U.S. law enforcement, including the

Jul 02 2016 - Bangladesh

The situation is ongoing. It's obviously too early for us to say who is involved, the motivation, any of that stuff. It's all still unfolding right now and we will obviously update

Jul 02 2016 - Bangladesh

The U.S. is in contact with the Bangladesh government and has offered its assistance to bring those responsible to

Jul 01 2016 - Bangladesh

We are working with the local authorities to determine if any U.S. citizens and locally-employed staff were affected. On learning of the attack our embassy issued a shelter-in-place order, This order was issued out of caution, but at no time was the embassy compound itself under immediate threat from this

Jul 01 2016 - United Nations

We would be open to having the (U.N.) Security Council welcome the

Jun 24 2016

While this exchange was not part of the approximately 55,000 pages provided to the State Department by former Secretary Clinton, the exchange was included within the set of documents Ms. Abedin provided the department in response to our March 2015

Jun 22 2016

Someone was trying to hack

Jun 22 2016

We were attacked again so I shut (the server) down for a few

Jun 21 2016 - Venezuela

The main purpose is to have a series of discussions about the social, economic and political challenges in Venezuela and to try to help foster constructive, meaningful dialogue toward solutions with a variety of groups in the government and outside the

Jun 21 2016

This will be part of a larger package of humanitarian assistance that will be announced later this year, so there's more aid

Jun 09 2016 - Russia

I've seen the comments out of Moscow. Those comments notwithstanding, that conversation inside the US government

May 31 2016

I'm not aware of any specific, credible terrorist threat around these events or in any particular place in Europe. This alert was issued just as they always are based on accumulation of

May 20 2016

There is no agreement to conduct joint air strikes with the Russians in Syria. What we are discussing with our Russian counterparts … are proposals for a sustainable mechanism to better monitor and enforce the cessation of hostilities (COH).feedback

May 20 2016 - Israeli relations

Our bonds of friendship are unbreakable and our commitment to the security of Israel remains

May 19 2016

This is a terrible tragedy and it's obviously an outrage. We're treating this situation with the utmost

Apr 29 2016

The indications that we have now are that these strikes were conducted solely by the

Apr 28 2016

The details and the circumstances are still coming in but it sure bears all the hallmarks of the kind of strikes that the regime has done in the past on treatment facilities and, frankly, on first

Apr 28 2016

Once again we call on the regime to cease these absolutely senseless attacks, which are of course violations of the cessation of

Apr 28 2016

These strikes were conducted by the regime, solely by the regime. The facts are still coming but every indication we have seen so far points to the

Apr 23 2016 - United Nations

Launches using ballistic missile technology were "a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council

Apr 23 2016

Launches using ballistic missile technology are a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council

Apr 21 2016 - Lebanon

Washington did not share Tehran's view that a U.S. Supreme Court decision that almost $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to American families of people killed in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut and other attacks constituted "

Apr 18 2016

We are aware of the death of one U.S. citizen and have been in touch with their family. We will continue working with Ecuadorian authorities going

Apr 16 2016

We remain committed to bringing to justice terrorists and those who use terrorism to advance their depraved

Mar 21 2016 - Rohingya

While it's without question that they continue to face persecution, we did not determine that it was on the level of

Mar 18 2016

We call again on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and

Mar 15 2016

We strongly oppose any steps that accelerate settlement expansion, which raises serious questions about Israel's long-term

Mar 13 2016 - NATO

We reaffirm our strong partnership with our NATO ally Turkey in combatting the shared threat of

Mar 11 2016 - Burma

Structural and systemic flaws in Burma's constitution, which includes the reservation of 25 percent of parliamentary seats for the military, which in part allows for the Burmese military to ensure that one of its nominees will either be president or vice

Mar 09 2016

I'd say the young man needs to pay more attention to the North Korean people and taking care of them than in pursuing these sorts of reckless

Mar 08 2016 - Kremlin

We've seen reports …and I'm not in a position to confirm the veracity of them. Obviously, we're looking into it as best we can with partners in the region. And certainly, if it's true it would be extremely

Mar 07 2016

They met for the first time on the fourth of March and the working group is headed by senior officials, both from US Forces Korea and the South Korean Ministry of National

Feb 21 2016 - North Korea

To be clear, it was the North Koreans who proposed discussing a peace

Feb 13 2016 - Kurds

We have urged Syrian Kurdish and other forces affiliated with the YPG not to take advantage of a confused situation by seizing new

Feb 09 2016 - Kurds

This is not a new concern, as I said, that the Turks have proffered. And we don't, as you know, recognise the PYD as a terrorist

Feb 02 2016

We're not asking for some sort of preemptive resolution, here, to a launch that hasn't occurred. But the announcement of it, itself, is just all the more indication that the international community needs to get behind tougher action against

Jan 30 2016

The documents are being upgraded at the request of the intelligence community because they contain a category of top secret information. These documents were not marked classified at the time they were

Jan 29 2016

We can confirm that later today, as part of our monthly FOIA productions of former Secretary Clinton's emails, the State Department will be denying in full seven email chains, found in 22 documents representing 37

Jan 23 2016 - United Nations

They discussed the upcoming U.N.-sponsored negotiations regarding a political transition in Syria and all agreed on the urgent need to end the violence afflicting the Syrian

Jan 16 2016 - Taiwan

We share with the Taiwan people a profound interest in the continuation of cross-Strait peace and

Jan 16 2016 - Al-Qaeda

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time, as they are with all those affected by this

Jan 04 2016

Nimr's execution "risks exacerbating sectarian tensions at a time when they urgently need to be reduced", a sentiment echoed by EU foreign policy chief Federica

Jan 03 2016

Adel al-Dhubaiti, among the 47 executed Saturday, was convicted over the

Dec 10 2015 - Saudi Arabia

This was a critical first step of getting

Oct 28 2015 - US, Russia relations

We do not certainly by any means approve of the destabilising activities that they (Iran) continue to pursue in Syria. There wouldn't be an interest in having them participate if there wasn't a general desire by the international community for them to play a constructive role in terms of achieving a political

Oct 22 2015 - Israeli relations

Both agreed on the need to stop incitement, reduce tension and restore

Oct 09 2015

What you're seeing now is a focus more on the equipping aspect of that formula than the training aspect. But, I think they also make clear that nobody's abandoning forever the idea of training. It's just that there's going to be a

Sep 07 2015 - US, Russia relations

On June 17, we expelled two Russian officials from the United States in response to this

Sep 07 2015 - US, Russia relations

The action was unprovoked and it endangered the safety of our employee. The Russian claim the policeman was protecting the embassy from an unidentified individual is simply

Dec 03 2014 - Iraq

Iranian aircraft have conducted air strikes in the last seven days against ISIL targets in eastern

Nov 20 2014

I think, certainly by the end of the calendar year, your going to see a much more robust presence, not just by the United States doing this but by coalition partners, as

Nov 08 2014

It is being done now because the Iraqis have reached, they have demonstrated, the willingness and the skills to go after ISIL, so they have reached the point, where they need additional help and

Oct 16 2014 - Kurds

LIkewise, we ought to be prepared for the eventuality that other towns and other villages, other pieces of ground, will either fall to ISIL or we may not be able to dislodge them from that for quite some

Jun 18 2014 - Iraq

There are no plans to have consultations with Iran about military activities in Iraq. But on the other hand, Secretary of State John Kerry says 'we are open to any constructive process here that could minimize the

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