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Those responsible for these atrocities must be held accountable. The United States will also pursue accountability through U.S. law, including possible targeted sanctions.feedback
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Nov 10 2017

In concrete terms, it will lead to great co-ordination between the Indian, Japanese and American militaries including maritime domain awareness, anti-submarine warfare, amphibious warfare, and humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and search and rescue.feedback

Nov 10 2017

As you probably know [Hariri] is a dual citizen of Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. His family has been living in Saudi Arabia for quite some time by his choice, so the foreign minister assured me this was a decision taken solely by him.feedback

Nov 10 2017

The view has been if the two leaders are going to meet, is there something sufficiently substantive to talk about that would warrant a formal meeting.feedback

Nov 09 2017

There is no legitimate place or role in Lebanon for any foreign forces, militias or armed elements other than the legitimate security forces of the Lebanese state.feedback

Nov 09 2017

There is a lot of work left to do. In the grand scheme of a $3- to 500 billion trade deficit, the things that have been achieved are pretty small.feedback

Nov 09 2017

There is no disagreement on North Korea.feedback

Nov 09 2017

While we appreciate the long hours and the effort that our Chinese counterparts have put into those trade discussions, quite frankly, in the grand scheme of a $300 to $500 billion trade deficit, the things that have been achieved thus far are pretty small. We just can't continue on this path and this trajectory that we're on.feedback

Nov 09 2017

We can't continue to allow China to rape our country and that's what they're doing. It's the greatest theft in the history of the world.feedback

Nov 09 2017

On the critical issue of opioids, we made some good progress to curb the flow of harmful narcotics into the United States in order to save American lives. The president committed to taking new actions including agreements to control the export and movement of fentanyl precursors, sharing intelligence on drug trafficking, and exchanging trafficking information.feedback

Oct 31 2017

The 2001 AUMF provides statutory authority for ongoing U.S. military operations against al-Qaeda; the Taliban; and associated forces, including against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.feedback

Oct 30 2017

The collapse of ISIS's so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria means it will attempt to burrow into new countries and find safe havens. Our legal authorities for heading off a transnational threat like ISIS cannot be constrained by geographic boundaries. Otherwise, ISIS may reestablish itself and gain strength in vulnerable spaces.feedback

Oct 30 2017

Defeating terrorism depends on making sure terrorist organizations cannot have safe havens on any continent. This is a fight we must win, and these funds will play a key role in achieving that mission.feedback

Oct 30 2017

This is a fight we must win, and these funds will play a key role in achieving that mission.feedback

Oct 29 2017

We won't accept anything but its cancellation and the respect of the constitution.feedback

Oct 27 2017

The reign of the Assad family is coming to an end, and the only issue is how should that be brought about.feedback

Oct 26 2017

I see Iran as a hanger-on. Iran has not been successful; the Russian government has been more successful. We have had success. I don't think that Iran should be given credit for the defeat of ISIS in Syria.feedback

Oct 26 2017

I do not see Syria as a triumph for Iran. I see Iran as a hanger-on. Iran has not particularly been successful in liberating areas.feedback

Oct 26 2017 - Taliban

We have some very legitimate asks and some very legitimate concerns that we need their help addressing. We'll adjust our plans accordingly, and we'll deal with it ourselves.feedback

Oct 26 2017

The "United States remains troubled and concerned about the far-reaching consequences of the [Persian] Gulf dispute.feedback

Oct 26 2017

We're going to chart our course consistent with not just what Pakistan says they'll do, but what they do.feedback

Oct 26 2017

There's nothing to be achieved by lecturing. But we should be very clear about what we're asking.feedback

Oct 26 2017

Iraqis are Arab, they are not Persian. Whether it's Iraqi Sunni or Iraqi Shia, it's Iraqi Arabs, not Iraqi Persians. It's important to facilitate Iraq standing on its own so that it doesn't have to look only to the east.feedback

Oct 26 2017

The United States will continue to provide global leadership, promote security, stability and prosperity for all people.feedback

Oct 26 2017 - Syria conflict

The U.S. has had positive relations with India for 70 years, but it's never quite moved to the next level.feedback

Oct 26 2017 - Syria conflict

That's not a threat. It's just a matter of fact.feedback

Oct 25 2017

There are too many terrorist organizations that find a safe place in Pakistan from which to conduct their operations and attacks against other countries.feedback

Oct 25 2017

In the fight against terrorism the United States will stand shoulder to shoulder with India. Terrorists' safe havens will not be tolerated.feedback

Oct 24 2017

The "decision was made due to Cuba's failure to take appropriate steps to protect our diplomats.feedback

Oct 24 2017

We are committed in the war against terror. We have produced results. And we are looking forward to moving ahead with the U.S. and building a tremendous relationship.feedback

Oct 24 2017

Pakistan is important, as you know, regionally to the U.S. security relationships and so important regionally to our joint goals of providing peace and security to the region and providing opportunity for a greater economic relationship as well.feedback

Oct 23 2017 - Qatar

Has stressed to all . . . that he believes that it is time to find a solution to this dispute. The U.S. is prepared to facilitate in any way we can," but "fundamentally, the parties have to come to a point that they're ready to solve this. We have additional work to do, but we are quite pleased with the progress and the relationship that has been strengthened between the two countries – Qatar and the United States – to counter terrorism.feedback

Oct 23 2017 - Trump Presidency

I thought it was very important to stop here in Afghanistan coming to the South Asia region as part of the recently announced policy and strategy that President Trump put forth.feedback

Oct 23 2017 - China

Our view is you're going to have to walk some of that back.feedback

Oct 23 2017 - South China Sea

China's provocative actions in the South China Sea directly challenge the international law and norms that the United States and India both stand for.feedback

Oct 23 2017

Pakistan needs to, I think, take a cleareyed view of the situation that they're confronted with in terms of the number of terrorist organizations that find safe haven inside of Pakistan.feedback

Oct 23 2017 - Iran

But I think if you consider the current situation in Afghanistan, and we were talking about this a few minutes ago, and you look a few years in the past to what the circumstances were, Afghanistan has come quite a distance already in terms of creating a much more vibrant population, a much more vibrant government, education system, a larger economy. So there are opportunities to strengthen the foundations of a prosperous Afghanistan society.feedback

Oct 23 2017 - Taliban

We have made some very specific requests of Pakistan in order for them to take action to undermine the support the Taliban receives and other terrorist organizations receive.feedback

Oct 22 2017 - Iran

We cannot force talks between parties who are not ready to talk. The United States remains concerned that the dispute has had negative consequences economically and militarily; the U.S. has felt these effects as well. None of us can afford to let this dispute linger. We ask that everyone ease the rhetoric and deescalate the tensions.feedback

Oct 22 2017 - Iran

Anytime there is conflict and destabilization among countries that are typically allies, someone will always come in to exploit those differences.feedback

Oct 22 2017 - Iran

We believe this will in some ways counter some of the unproductive influences of Iran inside of Iraq.feedback

Oct 22 2017 - Iran

Those fighters need to go home.feedback

Oct 22 2017 - Iran

Both represent the beginning of what we hope will be a series of even more tangible actions to improve relations and strengthen cooperation on a host of issues. Your growing relationship between the kingdom and Iraq is vital to bolstering our collective security and prosperity and we take great interest in it.feedback

Oct 22 2017 - Iran

The United States stands ready to support continued cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Iraq and we congratulate you.feedback

Oct 22 2017

Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fight against Daesh and ISIS is coming to a close, those militias need to go home. I think as Iraq looks towards the future, we know that they want a secure, stable economy. They want the capacity to meet the needs of all their citizens. And in particular, they want to develop the governmental capacities to resist any outside influence.feedback

Oct 22 2017 - Iran

Both of our countries believe that those who conduct business with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, any of their entities – European companies or other companies around the globe – really do so at great risk.feedback

Oct 22 2017

The answer is partly that many countries wisely decided, after the war, that they were going to take shelter under the nuclear umbrella provided by the US … And it was that American offer – that guarantee – that made possible the global consensus embodied by the 1970 nuclear non-proliferation treaty.feedback

Oct 22 2017 - Iraq

There is not a strong indication that the parties are ready to talk yet.feedback

Oct 22 2017 - Syria conflict

And we are hoping, that European companies, countries, and others around the world will join the U.S. as we put in place a sanctions structure to prohibit certain activities of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard that foment instability in the region and create destruction in the region, both in terms of their involvement in Yemen but their involvement in Syria as well.feedback

Oct 22 2017 - Daesh

This will be critical to winning the peace that has been earned through the hard-fought military gains.feedback

Oct 21 2017 - Iran

It's up to the leadership of the quartet when they want to engage with Qatar because Qatar has been very clear - they are ready to engage.feedback

Oct 21 2017 - Trump Presidency

I've had to build a relationship with President Trump because he didn't know me. I mean he certainly knew of me, just as I knew of him – but to understand how my thought processes work, for me to understand how his work, for me to understand how he makes decisions, because he makes decisions in a very different way than I do.feedback

Oct 19 2017 - Terrorism

We expect Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups based there that threaten its own people and the broader region.feedback

Oct 19 2017 - China

We think it's important that we begin to develop some means of countering that with alternative financing measures. We will not be able to compete with the kind of terms that China offers, but countries have to decide what are they willing to pay to secure their sovereignty and their future control of their economies and we've had those discussions with them as well.feedback

Oct 18 2017

I have just the utmost respect for the Foreign Service officer corps here, and they're vital. They're vital and critical to the country's ability to carry out its foreign policies.feedback

Oct 17 2017

Our strategies and the tactics we're using to advance the policies have to be resilient enough to accommodate unknowns, O.K.? So if you want to put that in an unknown category, you can. It certainly kind of comes out that even I would say, I wasn't expecting that.' But it doesn't mean our strategies are not resilient enough to accommodate it.feedback

Oct 17 2017 - Trump Presidency

You can't have a secretary of state going around the world who's not seen as representing the president's foreign policy. I've had to build a relationship with President Trump because he didn't know me – I mean he certainly knew of me, just as I knew of him – but to understand how my thought processes work, for me to understand how his work, for me to understand how he makes decisions, because he makes decisions in a very different way than I do.feedback

Oct 17 2017

I'm an engineer by training. I'm a very systems, process, methodical decision maker. He's an entrepreneur. Different mind-set. He makes decisions differently. Doesn't mean one is better than the other, but I've had to learn how he processes information and how I can help him process the information and how I can give him good advice that makes sense to him. So for both of us there's a communication to be worked out.feedback

Oct 17 2017

Look, on the president's tweets, I take what the president tweets out as his form of communicating, and I build it into my strategies and my tactics. How can I use that? How do I want to use that? And in a dynamic situation, like we deal with here all the time – and you can go walk around the world, they're all dynamic – things happen. You wake up the next morning, something's happened. I wake up the next morning, the president's got a tweet out there. So I think about, O.K., that's a new condition. How do I want to use that?feedback

Oct 17 2017

Yeah, there are other leaders that share the qualities that he has.feedback

Oct 16 2017

Those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops.feedback

Oct 16 2017

The president has also made clear to me that he wants this solved diplomatically. He is not seeking to go to war.feedback

Oct 15 2017

I call the president Mr. President. We have a very open exchange of views.feedback

Oct 15 2017

This is an unconventional president. He uses unconventional communication tools, he uses unconventional motivational techniques to motivate change.feedback

Oct 15 2017

I'm not dignifying the question with an answer, Jake. And I'm a little surprised you want to spend so much time on it.feedback

Oct 15 2017 - Trump Presidency

He is certainly the most unique president we have ever seen in modern history.feedback

Oct 15 2017 - North Korea

Rest assured the Chinese are not confused in any way about the American policy in North Korea.feedback

Oct 15 2017 - Iran

We had to run for our lives.feedback

Oct 13 2017 - Iran

They can trust we'll never do a deal this weak again.feedback

Oct 13 2017 - Iran

I don't want to suggest to you that this is a slam dunk up there on the Hill. We know it's not. People have very strong feelings about this nuke arrangement with Iran.feedback

Oct 13 2017 - Iran

This is the pathway we think provides us the best platform from which to attempt to fix this deal. We may be unsuccessful. We may not be able to fix this deal.feedback

Oct 13 2017 - Iran

These amendments under INARA would outlive the JCPOA.feedback

Oct 13 2017 - Iran

You'll hear, he's not particularly optimistic.feedback

Oct 13 2017 - Iran

We will stay in the JCPOA, but the president will decertify under INARA.feedback

Oct 13 2017 - Iran

The intent is that we will stay in the JCPOA, but the president is going to decertify under INARA. So that's what the president has asked us to do – is either put more teeth into this obligation that Iran is undertaking for all of the sanctions relief and the benefit it receives. Or let's just forget the whole thing and we'll walk away and we'll start all over.feedback

Oct 13 2017 - Iran

There are particular risks and complexities to designating an entire army, so to speak, of a country where that then puts in place certain requirements where we run into one another in the battlefield … that we think are not appropriate and not necessarily in the best interest of our military actions. So the sanctions are around getting the financing structures themselves and getting at certain individuals and penalising people who are supporting these kinds of activity.feedback

Oct 13 2017 - United Nations

I indicated this to Foreign Minister Zarif when we saw each other on the margins of the U.N. I don't want to suggest to you that we give that a high chance of success but there is an openness to talk about it.feedback

Oct 13 2017 - Iran

Let's take the INARA and amend the INARA to put in place some very firm trigger points that if Iran crosses any of these trigger points the sanctions automatically go back into place.feedback

Oct 12 2017

The United States is hopeful that Pakistan's actions will further a U.S.-Pakistan relationship marked by growing commitments to counterterrorism operations and stronger ties in all other respects.feedback

Oct 12 2017

The important role Pakistan needs to play to bring stability and ultimately peace to the region.feedback

Oct 10 2017

His "commitment to the president is strong. I'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that. I'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that. This is what I don't understand about Washington. I'm not from this place.feedback

Oct 10 2017

Accountability is one of the bedrock values the president and I share.feedback

Oct 04 2017 - Iran

We'll have a recommendation for the President. We're going to give him a couple of options of how to move forward to advance the important policy towards Iran. As you've heard us say many times, the JCPOA represents only a small part of the many issues that we need to deal with when it comes to the Iranian relationship. So it is an important part of that, but it is not the only part.feedback

Oct 04 2017

I'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that. This is what I don't understand about Washington. Again, I'm not from this place. But the places I come from, we don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Iran

I don't want to suggest to you that we're not going to stick with the Iranian deal. The president will have to make that decision; ultimately, it's what he wants to do.feedback

Oct 02 2017 - North Korea

I think everyone would like for it to calm down.feedback

Oct 01 2017

We have a secretary of state currently, and I think he's planning to hang around.feedback

Sep 30 2017 - Trump Presidency

This is a relationship that continues to grow and mature on the strength of the relationship between yourself and President Trump. And we look forward to advancing that relationship at the upcoming summit.feedback

Sep 29 2017 - Kurds

The United States does not recognize the Kurdistan Regional Government's unilateral referendum held on Monday. The vote and the results lack legitimacy and we continue to support a united, federal, democratic and prosperous Iraq. We urge calm and an end to vocal recriminations and threats of reciprocal actions.feedback

Sep 29 2017 - Nuclear weapons

You'd be foolish to think you're going to sit down and say: Okay, done. Nuclear weapons, gone. This is going to be a process of engagement with North Korea.feedback

Sep 29 2017 - North Korea

Look, our objective is denuclearization (of North Korea). Our objective is not to get rid of you. Our objective is not to collapse your regime.feedback

Sep 29 2017

I think they also have a sense that we're beginning to run out of time, and that we really have to change the dynamic.feedback

Sep 27 2017 - Refugees

Each year, the president makes an annual determination, after appropriate consultation with Congress, regarding the refugee admissions ceiling for the following Fiscal Year. Secretary Tillerson and DHS Acting Secretary Duke will consult with Congress tomorrow.feedback

Sep 25 2017

If our diplomatic efforts fall through, our military option is the only one left.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - Sanctions

Continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - Russia

Well, I think all of these social media providers are faced with many challenges. But they also have responsibilities. And I think they're going to have to think carefully about their responsibilities in this regard.feedback

Sep 21 2017 - Iran

We believe they're now looking more carefully and seriously at that as a means to push back on this other behavior of Iran that they agree with us is just simply unacceptable.feedback

Sep 21 2017 - United Nations

Prime Minister May asked him if he would share it with her and he said no.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Iran

I didn't know he was going to say today he made a decision. I knew he had, but I didn't know he was going to say he had.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Iran

He said no. So, I think, as the president always indicated, he will let you know when he thinks it's useful to let you know and he doesn't share his forward planning with people.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Mexico

Yes, I'm willing to get inside right now. If there is somebody alive right now, we're going to get in.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Sanctions

We have the strictest sanctions ever put in place. We do believe there are early signs of those having an effect. Ultimately, though, we're going to need the assistance of the neighbors in the region.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Trump administration

The Trump Administration remains deeply committed to the global HIV/AIDS response and to demonstrating clear outcomes and impact for every U.S. dollar spent.feedback

Sep 17 2017 - North Korea

All they need to do to let us know they're ready to talk is to just stop these tests, stop these provocative actions, and let's lower the threat level and the rhetoric.feedback

Sep 17 2017 - Syria conflict

But since the nuclear deal has been concluded, what we have witnessed is Iran has stepped up its destabilizing activities in Yemen, it stepped up its destabilizing activities in Syria, and exports arms to Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, and it continues to conduct a very active ballistic missile program. None of that, I believe, is consistent with that preamble commitment.feedback

Sep 17 2017 - Trump Presidency

The president said he is open to finding those conditions where we can remain engaged with others on what we all agree is still a challenging issue.feedback

Sep 17 2017 - Trump Presidency

So I think the plan is for Director Cohn to consider other ways in which we can work with partners in the Paris climate accord. We want to be productive. We want to be helpful.feedback

Sep 16 2017 - Iran

President Trump has made it clear to those of us who are helping him develop this policy that we must take into account the totality of Iranian threats, not just Iran's nuclear capabilities.feedback

Sep 15 2017 - North Korea

In East Asia, an increasingly aggressive and isolated regime in North Korea threatens democracies in South Korea, Japan, and more importantly, and more recently, has expanded those threats to the United States, endangering the entire world.feedback

Sep 15 2017 - Oil

China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own. These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Libya

That is a very powerful tool and it has been used in the past. We hope China will not reject that.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Burma

We need to support Aung San Suu Kyi in her leadership, but also be very clear and unequivocal to the military power sharing in that government that this is unacceptable. This violence must stop; this persecution must stop. It's been characterized by many as ethnic cleansing. That must stop.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Iran

In our view, Iran is clearly in default of the expectations.feedback

Sep 14 2017

Once a solution is ready to go, we are going to put it to work as soon as we can.feedback

Sep 14 2017

Our working groups have also identified areas where we can improve our human resource functions, empower leadership at all levels, improve management support services to reduce redundancies while ensuring you have the tools you need to do your job.feedback

Sep 14 2017

That's why we call it a process redesign.feedback

Sep 14 2017

The most important thing I can do is to enable this organization to be more effective, more efficient and for all of you to take greater satisfaction in what you do day in and day out. Because if I accomplish that, that will go on forever, and you will create the State Department for the future.feedback

Sep 12 2017 - Syria conflict

We already see elements of ISIS in the Philippines, as you're aware, gaining a foothold. Some of these fighters have gone to the Philippines from Syria and Iraq. We are in conversations with the Philippine government, with Indonesia, with Malaysia, with Singapore, with Australia, as partners to recognize this threat, try to get ahead of this threat.feedback

Sep 03 2017

I think Americans should sleep well at night. I have no concerns about this particular rhetoric over the last few days.feedback

Aug 31 2017

We want to work with Pakistan in a positive way, but they must change their approach.feedback

Aug 30 2017 - Trump Presidency

I respect the fact that he is starting to respect us.feedback

Aug 30 2017

I believe that the Department will be able to better execute its mission by integrating certain envoys and special representative offices within the regional and functional bureaus, and eliminating those that have accomplished or outlived their original purpose.feedback

Aug 30 2017

We're going to be conditioning our support for Pakistan and our relationship with them on them delivering results in this area.feedback

Aug 28 2017

Today, nearly 70 such positions exist within the State Department, even after many of the underlying policy challenges these positions were created to address have been resolved.feedback

Aug 27 2017 - Terrorism

I think he's completely wrong. I think it shows a lack of understanding of the president's broader policy when it comes to protecting Americans at home and abroad from all acts of terrorism.feedback

Aug 27 2017 - Trump Presidency

Those who embrace it poison our public discourse, and they damage the very country that they claim to love.feedback

Aug 23 2017

We hold the Cuban authorities responsible for finding out who is carrying out these health attacks.feedback

Aug 22 2017 - Afghanistan

We believe we can turn the tide of what has been a losing battle over the last year-and-a-half or so, and at least stabilize the situation and hopefully start to seeing some battlefield victories on behalf of the Afghan forces.feedback

Aug 22 2017 - Taliban

Obviously, we have some leverage that's been discussed in terms of the amount of aid and military assistance we give them.feedback

Aug 22 2017 - Taliban

There's been an erosion in trust because we have witnessed terrorist organizations being given safe haven inside of Pakistan to plan and carry out attacks against U.S. servicemen, U.S. officials, disrupting peace efforts inside of Afghanistan.feedback

Aug 19 2017 - Trump Presidency

You're born with a clean slate, with your personal integrity. No one can take it from you. Only you can relinquish it. And you express that integrity every day in so many actions that you may not even think about.feedback

Aug 19 2017 - Trump Presidency

Populist Hero' Stephen K Bannon Returns Home to Breitbart.feedback

Aug 18 2017

Racism is evil; it is antithetical to America's values. It's antithetical to the American idea.feedback

Aug 18 2017

We, too, today should seek to bind up the wounds. We must pursue reconciliation, understanding and respect regardless of skin color, ethnicity or religious or political views.feedback

Aug 18 2017

America's best and brightest are not just from the Ivy League, but they're from a lot of other places in the country: Laredo, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Roanoke, Virginia.feedback

Aug 18 2017

The State Department must redouble our efforts to increase diversity at the highest ranks of the department, including at the ambassador level.feedback

Aug 18 2017

Obviously we express our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of this individual and obviously the others who have suffered loss of life, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to their families as they're going to be dealing with a very, very tough few days ahead of them.feedback

Aug 18 2017

We do honor, protect and defend freedom of speech, First Amendment rights. It's what sets us apart from every other government regime in the world, in allowing people a right to expression. These are good things.feedback

Aug 18 2017

This enriches the quality of our work. We know we are a stronger organization when we embrace, incorporate diverse points of view into our work product.feedback

Aug 18 2017

We have a great diversity gap in the State Department. We need a State Department that reflects the American people, reflects who we are.feedback

Aug 18 2017

We need a more deliberate process to cultivate the abundance of minority talent we already have in the State Department.feedback

Aug 18 2017 - North Korea

Our effort is to cause them to want to engage in talks but engage in talks with an understanding that these talks will lead to a different conclusion than talks of the past.feedback

Aug 18 2017 - Trump Presidency

And those who embrace it poison our public discourse and they damage the very country that they claim to love. So we condemn racism, bigotry in all its forms. Racism is evil; it is antithetical to America's values. It's antithetical to the American idea.feedback

Aug 17 2017 - Japan

We agreed to bolster our alliance capabilities to deter and respond to North Korea's unacceptable behavior and other challenges to regional security.feedback

Aug 17 2017 - North Korea

Any diplomatic effort in any situation where you have this level of threat that we're confronted with… has to be backed by a strong military consequence if North Korea chooses wrongly.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Daesh

ISIS has and continues to target members of multiple religions and ethnicities for rape, kidnapping, enslavement and death. ISIS is clearly responsible for genocide against Yazidis , Christians and Shia Muslims in areas it controlled. ISIS is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups, and in some cases against Sunni Muslims, Kurds and other minorities. The protection of these groups – and others who are targets of violent extremism – remains a human-rights priority for the Trump administration.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Human Rights

Religious persecution and intolerance remains far too prevalent.feedback

Aug 15 2017 - Human Rights

The protection of these groups and others subject to violent extremism is a human rights priority for the Trump administration.feedback

Aug 15 2017 - Slavery

As we make progress in defeating ISIS and denying them their caliphate, their terrorists members have and continue to target multiple religions and ethnic groups for rape, kidnapping, enslavement and even death. I would put our record on religious freedom up against anybody in the world.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

We are replacing the failed policy of 'strategic patience', which expedited the North Korean threat, with a new policy of strategic accountability.feedback

Aug 11 2017 - North Korea

We have other means of communication open to them, to certainly hear from them if they have a desire to want to talk. Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.feedback

Aug 11 2017 - Nuclear weapons

We don't think having a dialogue where the North Koreans come to the table assuming they're going to maintain their nuclear weapons is productive.feedback

Aug 09 2017 - China

I do not believe there is any imminent threat in my own view.feedback

Aug 09 2017

We do not seek a regime change, we do not seek a collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th Parallel.feedback

Aug 09 2017 - North Korea

I think in fact the pressure is starting to show. I think that's why the rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang has gotten louder and more threatening. Whether we've got them backed into a corner or not is difficult to say. But diplomatically you never like to have someone in a corner without a way for them to get out. Talks. Talks with the right expectation of what those talks will be about.feedback

Aug 08 2017 - Afghanistan

To just say we're going to keep doing what we've been doing, the president is not willing to accept that, and so he is asking some tough questions.feedback

Aug 08 2017

We want to continue to grow that relationship, even in its ups and downs.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - Wiretapping

We're providing them some training and some guidance in terms of how to deal with an enemy that fights in ways that are not like most people have ever had to deal with. I see no conflict at all in our helping them with that situation and our views of other human rights concerns we have with respect to how they carry out their counternarcotics activities.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - North Korea

The best signal that North Korea could give us that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - Republican Party

Per NBC's Abigail Williams and Phil Helsel . . The best signal that North Korea could give us that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches. We've not had an extended period of time where they have not taken some type of provocative action by launching ballistic missiles.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - North Korea

We're not going to give someone a specific number of days or weeks. This is really about the spirit of these talks, and they (North Korea) can demonstrate that they're ready to sit with a spirit of finding a way forward in these talks by no longer conducting these missile tests. So this is not a 'give me 30 days and we're ready to talk': it's not quite that simple.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - Human Rights

I see no conflict – no conflict at all in our helping them with that situation and our views of the human rights concerns we have with respect to how they carry out their counter narcotics activities.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - North Korea

I think perhaps the more important element of that is just the message that this sends to North Korea of how unacceptable the entire international community finds what they're doing to be.feedback

Aug 07 2017

We talked about it in the discussion we had with Minister Lavrov yesterday – and trying to help them understand just how serious this incident had been and how seriously it had damaged the relationship between the U.S. and the American people and the Russian people, that this had created serious mistrust between our two countries and that we simply have to find some way to deal with that.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - Russia

I think the world is also expressing a view to China and Russia that they do have an expectation that you will do everything you possibly can to help North Korea understand the reality of their future as well and bring them to the negotiating table.feedback

Aug 07 2017

The president is asking, I think, some very, very pointed questions.feedback

Aug 07 2017

I think your point is well taken. When do these actually have a practical bite on their revenues?feedback

Aug 06 2017

It is to be expected that we will go through some morale issues early on.feedback

Aug 02 2017

I talk to him just about every day. I see him several times a week. He calls me late at night, on the weekends, when something comes into his head and he wants to talk. He may call me at any moment, at any time.feedback

Aug 02 2017

We have been dealing with a lot. We've accomplished a lot and we continue to progress a lot because there are remarkable, talented professional Foreign Service officers in this building. And every one of them has stepped up and not a one of them has said, I don't want to do that.feedback

Aug 02 2017

I decided that maybe if I start naming people to office when they're eight or nine years old, they'll be of age by the time we can get them through the process.feedback

Aug 02 2017

One way people can look at that is they can take it as a lot of criticism and complaining and moaning. When I look at that information and what they're saying to me, I hear them saying, Help, help, please help us fix this!feedback

Aug 02 2017

We have had individuals who did not want to serve in a certain role, and I said, Fine, find something else for them to do.' I don't want to force anybody into a position they're not committed to. It is to be expected that we will go through some morale issues early on. I hope as the redesign goes forward that people become more engaged.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - Iran

We hope that at some point they will begin to understand that and we would like to sit and have a dialogue with them.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - Sanctions

Of course it makes our lives more difficult.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - Sanctions

The action by the Congress to put these sanctions in place and the way they did, neither the President nor I were very happy about that. We were clear that we didn't think it was going to be helpful to our efforts, but that's the decision they made, they made it in a very overwhelming way. I think the president accepts that.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - North Korea

We have reaffirmed our position toward North Korea.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - South China Sea

Can we work together to address this global threat where we have a common objective? And where we have differences – in the South China Sea, and we have some trading differences that need to be addressed – can we work through those differences in a way without it leading to open conflict and find the solutions that are necessary to serve us both?feedback

Aug 01 2017 - North Korea

We do not seek a regime change, we do not seek a collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th Parallel. We are not your enemy ... but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond. And we hope that at some point they will begin to understand that and we would like to sit and have a dialogue with them.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - Iran

The conversation on Iran does not begin and end with the JCPOA.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - Russia

China and Russia bear unique and special responsibility for this growing threat to regional and global stability.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - North Korea

We initiated a sustained, continued and intensified campaign of what I like to call peaceful pressure because the options available to us ... are limited, particularly if we think we are operating under a short period of time.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - China

We felt the appropriate thing to do first was to seek peaceful pressure on the North Korean regime to have them develop a willingness to sit and talk with us and others, but with the understanding that a condition of those talks is that there is no future in which North Korea holds nuclear weapons or the ability to deliver nuclear weapons to anyone in the region, much less to the homeland.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - China

He's told me that. I believe him. If I were China, I would believe him, too, and do something about it. You can stop North Korea, militarily or diplomatically.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - Iran

There are a lot of alternative means with which we use the agreement to advance our policies and the relationship with Iran, and that's what the conversation generally is around with the president as well.feedback

Aug 01 2017

I have a lot of open slots.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - Iran

He and I have differences of views on things like JCPOA, and how we should use it.feedback

Jul 25 2017

The situation doesn't seem to be getting any better, and in some respects appears to be getting worse. There's a desperate need for American leadership in the world and that's where the secretary's focusing his attention. I knew what to expect and we had very long-standing disciplined processes and decision-making. Those are not the characteristics of the United States government.feedback

Jul 24 2017 - Egypt

We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar. There are humanitarian consequences to this blockade.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - North Korea

We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea. We've not come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Qatar

I hope the four countries will consider as a sign of good faith lifting this land blockade which is really having the most, I think, negative effects on the Qatari people.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Sanctions

When sanctions are imposed, they by their design are going to harm American business.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Qatar

So we are satisfied with the effort they are putting it forward. I think they have also indicated a willingness to sit with the four parties and negotiate and discuss the four demands. They have indicated that the sovereignty and dignity of all five countries most be preserved.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Qatar

I hope as a sign of good faith they will lift that blockade. That would be a positive development.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Sanctions

We do not support sanctions, generally, because we don't find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensibly and that's a very hard thing to do. The U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia will remain in place until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered these particular sanctions.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Sanctions

To my knowledge, Exxon never directly lobbied against sanctions.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Iran

Our policy toward Iran is to push back on this hegemony … and to work toward support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government.feedback

Jul 17 2017

It's largely not a highly disciplined organization, decision-making is fragmented and sometimes people don't want to take decisions; coordination is difficult through the interagency.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - China

Mr. Liu dedicated his life to the betterment of his country and humankind, and to the pursuit of justice and liberty.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - China

Today, I join those in China and around the world in mourning the tragic passing of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died while serving a lengthy prison sentence in China for promoting peaceful democratic reform.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Qatar

The agreement which we both have signed on behalf of our governments represents weeks of intensive discussions between experts and reinvigorates the spirit of the Riyadh summit. The memorandum lays out a series of steps that each country will take in coming months and years to interrupt and disable terror financing flows and intensify counter terrorism activities globally.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Qatar

Together the United States and Qatar will do more to track down funding sources, will do more to collaborate and share information and will do more to keep the region ... safe.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Turkey

I take this moment to recognize their courage and honor the victims of the events of July 15, 2016.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Turkey

I miss all of you. I miss you as colleagues, I miss you as partners, I miss you as competitors.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Turkey

Energy is fundamental to economic growth and prosperity, it's fundamental to lifting people out of poverty the world over. That it requires massive investments over long periods of time and requires enormous risk-taking and risk management. Whenever those elements are present, investors will make the massive investments, they'll take the risk, and they'll persevere through the challenges in order to achieve the objective.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Turkey

It's just a fact of geography that Turkey sits at the crossroads of vital energy resources along supply routes and routes to consumers. It was on that day that the Turkish people exercised their rights under the Turkish constitution, defended their place in a prosperous Turkey, and we remember those who were injured or died in that event.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Turkey

On behalf of the United States, let me just say, I hope I am there in 2020.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

It is necessary for Russia to take the first steps to de-escalate the situation in the eastern part of Ukraine. This is necessary for us to make any movement. We do call on Russia to honor its commitments that were made under the Minsk accords and to exercise influence over the separatists in the region that they have complete control over. We want to acknowledge that, (but) we still have more to do. This is all about securing Ukraine's future: making the place attractive for investors, being attractive to their European neighbors.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine has come a long way.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Trump-Putin

You know, the past, I don't know if we will ever come to an agreement, obviously with our Russian counterparts on that. I think the important thing is how do we assure that this doesn't happen again.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Syria conflict

In all candidness, we did not expect an answer other than the one we received. And so I think that was about the way we expected the conversation to go.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

The election interference really shows how complicated the use of these types of tools are becoming. We have to find a way to begin to address that, and it's not going to be only about Russia, it's going to be about international engagement as well.feedback

Jul 08 2017 - G20

We went another hour after she came to see us, so clearly she failed.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

There was not a lot of re-litigating the past.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

It may be simply an intractable disagreement at this point.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

The president pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

Just about everything got touched on to one degree or another.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - North Korea

North Korea went ahead and proceeded with its program.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - North Korea

China has taken significant action and then, I think, for a lot of different reasons, they paused, and they didn't take additional actions. They've then taken some steps, and paused. … In our own view, I think, there are a lot of explanations for why those pauses occur, but we've remained very closely engaged with China … about the situation in North Korea. … There is a clear understanding between the two of us of our intent.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - North Korea

The "peaceful pressure campaign … requires calculated increases in pressure, allow the regime to respond to that pressure, and it takes a little time for these things to happen. … It's going to require some level of patience. We're going to follow this all the way to its conclusion.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - North Korea

That's what we want to talk about. We're not interested in talking about how do we stop where you are today. Stopping where they are is not acceptable to us.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - North Korea

There is a difference in terms of view around tactics and pace, and so we will continue to work with them to see if we can't persuade them to see the urgency we see.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

The president opened the meeting by raising the concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference in 2016 election. Putin denied such involvement, as he has done in the past.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Syria conflict

I think this is our first indication of the U.S. and Russia being able to work together in Syria.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

There was so much to talk about. Neither one of them wanted to stop.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

I think the president is rightly focused on how do we move forward from something that may be an intractable disagreement at this point.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

The president pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement, as I think he has in the past.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Trump Presidency

We began this process with no preconceived notions about the outcome. Our goal is, and always has been, to address challenges to the way our department operates.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Syria conflict

While there are no perfect options for guaranteeing stability, we must explore all possibilities for holding the line against the resurgence of ISIS or other terrorist groups. The United States and Russia certainly have unresolved differences on a number of issues, but we have the potential to appropriately coordinate in Syria in order to produce stability and serve our mutual security interests.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Syria conflict

This cooperation over de-confliction zones process is evidence that our two nations are capable of further progress. The United States is prepared to explore the possibility of establishing with Russia joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones, on the ground ceasefire observers, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance. If our two countries work together to establish stability on the ground, it will lay a foundation for progress on the settlement of Syria's political future.feedback

Jul 05 2017

Global action is required to stop a global threat.feedback

Jul 04 2017 - Trump-Putin

The president asked me to begin a re-engagement process with Russia to see if we can first stabilize that relationship so it does not deteriorate further, and then can we identify areas of mutual interest where perhaps we can begin to rebuild some level of trust and some level of confidence that there are areas where we can work together. The president has been clear to me: 'Do not let what's happening over here in the political realm prevent you from the work you need to do in this relationship.feedback

Jul 04 2017

The United States strongly condemns North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world. All nations should publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons.feedback

Jun 30 2017

There's never been a guarantee that anyone would have a clear offer or a pathway to Foreign Service.feedback

Jun 28 2017 - Qatar

We hope all the parties will continue to talk to one another in good faith.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Sex

Responsible nations simply cannot allow this to go on. We call on any nation that is hosting workers from North Korea in a forced labor arrangement to send those people home.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Burma

Regrettably, our challenge is enormous. Human trafficking is becoming more nuanced and more difficult to identify. Much of these activities are going underground, and they're going online.feedback

Jun 26 2017 - Egypt

We believe our allies and partners are stronger when they are working together towards one goal, which we all agree is stopping terrorism and countering extremism. Each country involved has something to contribute to that effort. A lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Trump Presidency

Frankly, the biggest criticisms really amount to he works for Trump and he doesn't act like Kerry or Clinton. He doesn't like pandering to the media, and he is perplexed by Trump's tweeting. That's pretty vapid stuff.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Trump Presidency

I'm listening to what my people tell me are the challenges facing them and how we can produce a more efficient, effective State Department and USAID.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - China

The more we bide our time, the sooner we will run out of it.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - China

Countries around the world and in the UN Security Council are joining in this effort, and we hope China will do their part as well.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - Nuclear weapons

We both call for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. And we call on the DPRK to halt its illegal nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile test, as stipulated in the UN Security Council resolutions.feedback

Jun 22 2017

If our demands is met [sic], we can negotiate in terms of the moratorium of such [programs] as weapons testing.feedback

Jun 21 2017 - United Nations

We reiterated to China that they have a diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region.feedback

Jun 21 2017 - Qatar

We understand a list of demands has been prepared and coordinated by the Saudis, Emiratis, Egyptians and Bahrainis. We hope the list of demands will soon be presented to Qatar and will be reasonable and actionable.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Trump Presidency

I understand what his objectives are. When I'm not clear on what his objectives are, we talk about it.feedback

Jun 17 2017 - Egypt

We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Human Rights

We are motivated by the conviction that the more we engage with other nations on issues of security and prosperity, the more we will have opportunities to shape the human rights conditions in those nations.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Trump Presidency

We think we have achieved very little in terms of changing the behavior of the regime of Cuba and its treatment of people and it has little incentive to change.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Sanctions

I would hope to allow the diplomatic efforts to attempt to make some progress. If we cannot make some progress, and I have told others in the Senate, I have had conversations with them, I may very well be coming to you and saying the time has come now to do this in order to motivate some movement on their part.feedback

Jun 15 2017

We think it's time to start dealing with a lot of these challenges in a more regional integrated fashion instead of just trying to solve it one country at a time.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - South China Sea

We cannot allow China to use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems, whether it's militarizing islands in the South China Sea or failure to put appropriate pressure on North Korea.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

I think it is important that we be given sufficient flexibility to achieve the Minsk objectives. It is very possible that the government of Ukraine and the government of Russia could come to a satisfactory resolution through some structure other than Minsk. My caution is I wouldn't want to have ourselves handcuffed to Minsk if it turns out the parties decide to settle this through another, a different, agreement.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Sanctions

We would ask for the flexibility to turn the heat up when we need to, but also to ensure that we have the ability to maintain a constructive dialogue.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

We have asked that they take the action, but President Trump has also been very clear with President Xi that if they either don't want to take the action or they do not take the action, we will act on our own.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - North Korea

Our expectations have been very clear with the Chinese. Their cooperation, I would say, has been notable, but it has been uneven. We continue that dialogue with the Chinese, specifically around their actions that support revenue streams to North Korea, but also taking action against entities inside of China that may be supporting revenue streams as well. We have made it clear to them, and we have provided them a list of entities that we believe they need to take action against.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - China

They have affirmed their policy is a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

We are supportive of the continued economic development, as long as it is done in full compliance with our existing statutes to not provide financial support to the regime. That's the focus of our current policy review.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

How do we bring that back into compliance with longstanding statutory obligations.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Sanctions

I certainly agree with the sentiment that has been conveyed by several members from both parties that Russia must be held accountable for its meddling in U.S. elections.feedback

Jun 13 2017

At the direction of the President, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea. Mr. Warmbier is en route to the U.S. where he will be reunited with his family.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - North Korea

At the direction of the President, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea. Mr. Warmbier is en route to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

We have some channels that are open where we're starting to talk. And I think what I wouldn't want to do is close the channels off with something new.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Syria conflict

Our relationship's at an all-time low, and it's been deteriorating further. Our objective is to stabilize that.feedback

Jun 12 2017

Clearly we are engaged with our allies to ensure that they know where our common interests lie. And for our adversaries, we are engaging and will engage. But they have to know that we are engaging from a position of strength.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Qatar

This is the biggest testimony to U.S. failure in the Gulf. (It) gives others the impression the U.S. does not know how to manage the relationship with its allies or is incapable.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Qatar

Qatar has a history of supporting groups that span the spectrum of political expression, from activism to violence.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Ramadan

We believe these are unintended consequences, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. Our expectation is that these countries will immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation and put forth a good faith effort to resolve their grievances they have with each other.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Ramadan

We believe these are unintended consequences, especially during this Holy Month of Ramadan, but they can be addressed immediately.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Qatar

The blockage is hindering U.S. military action in the region, and the campaign against ISIS.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Russia

Our relationships with Russia are at a very low point and they've been deteriorating.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Terrorism

And I think every country in the region has their own obligations they need to live up to, and they have their own challenges to live up to that commitment to terminate support for terrorism, extremism, however it manifests itself anywhere in the world. And I would say that's true of all the [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries; they have their own work to do in that regard.