Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Pompeo Turns Up Heat on China at Arctic Council Ministerial

ROVANIEMI, FINLAND — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday turned up the heat on China once again during his trip to Finland to attend the 2019 Arctic Council Ministerial, calling China a “non-Arctic” state whose ambitions in the region pose an emerging challenge.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks on Arctic policy at the Lappi Areena in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 6, 2019. - Pompeo is in Rovaniemi to attend the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo to Travel to Israel Next Week

TEL AVIV – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Israel next week as part of a brief tour of the region ahead of the Trump administration’s unveiling of its long-awaited peace plan in April.

US calls on Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine, five years later

Iran Vows to Continue Missile Tests Despite Pompeo Warning

TEL AVIV – Iran said Sunday it will continue to develop and test ballistic missiles following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s accusation that Tehran conducted tests of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of “carrying multiple warheads,” which could strike “anywhere”

Iran says no missile talks unless West gives up its nuclear weapons

Trump and Erdogan Demand Answers from Saudis for Khashoggi Killing

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan both pronounced themselves unsatisfied with the answers Saudi Arabia has given for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul three weeks ago. Both of them said the Saudis must be more forthcoming about who ordered the operation that ended with Khashoggi’s death, followed by crude efforts to create an alibi and dispose of his body.

Erdogan demands punishment for all behind 'planned Khashoggi murder'

U.N. Nuclear Watchdog: No Sign of North Korea Halting Nuclear Activities

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published a report on Monday stating there is no indication North Korea is truly abandoning its nuclear weapons program. The U.N. watchdog agency said the few steps taken by Pyongyang so far have been largely theatrical and do not represent a meaningful dismantling of the rogue Communist nation’s nuclear capability.

The Associated Press

Taliban Kidnaps 170 Civilians After Afghanistan Declares Ceasefire

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire plan on Sunday, but the Taliban promptly kidnapped 170 people from buses in an act of highway banditry. On Monday morning, Ghani all but abandoned the ceasefire and instructed his armed forces to continue operations against the Taliban until the terrorist group scales back its violent activities.

The Associated Press

State Dept. Official: U.S. Will Impose Sanctions if China Buys Iranian Oil

Brian Hook, State Department director of policy planning and head of a special action group on Iran created this week, told a press conference on Thursday that China will not be exempt from penalties if it continues buying Iranian oil after the second, and much more strict, rounds of renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran go into effect in November.

Iran offers discount oil to Asia