Tag: Heather Nauert

Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, arrives at his house in Izmir, Turkey, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 An American pastor who had been jailed in Turkey for more than one and a half years on terror and espionage charges was released Wednesday and will be …

State Department: Turkey Faces ‘Very Real Risk of Sanctions’ over U.S. Pastor

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert reiterated to reporters during a regular briefing Tuesday that, as Vice President Mike Pence had noted a week ago, Turkey faces “the very real risk of sanctions” if it does not free American pastor Andrew Brunson, arrested on dubious charges of aiding Marxist and Islamist terrorist groups.

Washington blames Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega for the deadly unrest that has left more than 300 dead

White House Demands ‘Free, Fair, Transparent’ Elections in Nicaragua

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement Monday condemning the communist government of Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, demanding free and fair elections, and urging an end to state violence in the turbulent Central American country.

More than 350,000 people have been killed in the Syrian seven-year war, which started with the brutal repression of anti-government protests

Assad Presses Assault into ‘Deconfliction Zone,’ Drops Barrel Bombs on Rebels

Dictator Bashar Assad ramped up his assault against rebel positions in southwestern Syria on Friday, deploying his infamous “barrel bombs” despite warnings from the United States that he is violating a “deconfliction zone,” jeopardizing civilian lives, and threatening the security of neighboring Israel.

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

State Department: North Korea Not Getting U.S. Tax Dollars to Rebuild

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters Thursday that the Trump administration has no plans to use taxpayers’ dollars to rehabilitate the communist North Korean economy, a concern arising from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s comments that the United States is willing to help that economy grow.

President Donald Trump has agreed to a first face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which could take place by the end of May 2018

State Department Confirms Silence from North Korea on Trump/Kim Meeting

Two weeks after the White House announced that President Donald Trump would accept an invitation to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in person by May, the State Department confirmed that they have not heard any word from Pyongyang on planning that summit.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers a speech during a foreign ministers' meeting on the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons, in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The United States and 28 other countries are launching a new plan to better identify and punish anyone …

Tillerson: If Syria Using Chemical Weapons Again, Russia ‘Bears Responsibility’

Speaking at a conference on chemical weapons in Paris on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there is reason to believe Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has resumed using chemical weapons against his own people. He said Russia was to blame for failing to confiscate all of Assad’s weapons of mass destruction as promised.

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State Department: We’re Suspending Security Assistance to Pakistan

During a press briefing on Thursday, State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert confirmed that the US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan until takes “decisive action” against groups like the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network. Nauert said, “Today, we can confirm

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State Department Denies CBS Claim Staff Suffered ‘Sonic Attacks’ in Uzbekistan

CBS News reported on Tuesday that evidence existed that American embassy staff in Uzbekistan may have suffered similar symptoms to those targeted by unexplained acoustic attacks in Cuba. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert fervently denied that any incident had occurred in Tashkent, the Uzbek capital.

ERBIL, IRAQ - SEPTEMBER 22: Supporters wave flags and chant slogans inside the Erbil Stadium while waiting to hear Kurdish President Masoud Barzani speak during a rally for the upcoming referendum for independence of Kurdistan on September 22, 2017 in Erbil, Iraq. The Kurdish Regional government is preparing to hold …

State Responds to Iraqi Killings of Journalists: ‘More Voices, Not Fewer’

The U.S. State Department reiterated that it supports “more voices, not fewer” in international media in response to a string of legal actions against journalists and a particularly gruesome murder in Iraq, where Baghdad appears to be attempting to shut down all Kurdish voices.

Iraqi Kurdish protesters wave flags of their autonomous Kurdistan region during a demonstration to claim for its independence on July 3, 2014 outside the Kurdistan parliament building in Arbil, in northern Iraq. The Kurdish leader, Massud Barzani asked its parliament to start organizing a referendum on independence. AFP PHOTO / …

State Department: U.S. Not Supporting Iraq or Kurds in Ongoing Dispute

State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert gave an update Tuesday on the difficult situation in which American diplomats find themselves in Iraq as two of their putative allies settle into an armed face-off that threatens to escalate into yet another chapter in the country’s 14-year civil war.