Tag: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

A picture taken on March 12, 2017, shows an Iranian tanker and a South Korean (R) tanker docking at the platform of the oil facility in the Khark Island on the shore of the Gulf

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.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) gestures between his wife Cilia Flores (L) and Defence Minister General Vladimir Padrino during a ceremony to honor the National Guard in Caracas

Six Arrests in Venezuela After Alleged Assassination Attempt on Maduro

Venezuelan police announced six arrests on Sunday with the promise of more to come following an alleged assassination attempt against President Nicolas Maduro using explosive-laden drones. Maduro ally President Evo Morales of Bolivia accused the U.S. government of masterminding the plot, a charge swiftly denied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Debt-fuelled investment in infrastructure and real estate has underpinned China's growth for years but Beijing has launched a crackdown over fears of a potential financial crisis

Chinese State Media Warns U.S. Against ‘Power Games’ in Indo-Pacific

China’s state-run Global Times did not enjoy Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech to the Indo-Pacific Business Forum on Monday.  A Tuesday editorial by the communist paper responded by accusing the United States of playing “power games” in the Indo-Pacific region.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be in the hot seat when he testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 25, 2018 about President Donald Trump's closed-door summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin

Pompeo: ‘Free and Open Trade’ with America Is Better than China’s Debt Imperialism

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Indo-Pacific Business Forum on Monday that business engagement and “free and open” trade are major elements of the Trump administration’s strategic vision for the region. Although he mentioned China only in passing, Secretary Pompeo’s remarks included a clear warning to regional powers about the perils of partnering with Beijing.

North Korea's state media implied Kim Jong Un may have been too busy visiting a potato farm to meet the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Kim Jong-Un Pays ‘Economic Visit’ to Chinese Border

North Korean media reported on Tuesday that dictator Kim Jong-un paid a visit to Samjiyon County on the Chinese border, where he dispensed “field guidance” to the local agriculture and tourism industries. His sage advice included telling architects to build houses that don’t fall off the side of Mount Paektu and telling factory workers to “ensure the quality of processed potato foods in production and thus raise the quality of potato production.”

Mike Pompeo, Kim Jong Un

China Slams Pompeo’s Trip to North Korea

China’s state-run Global Times firmly took the North Korean regime’s side against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in editorials on Sunday and Monday, supporting Pyongyang’s denunciation of the message from Washington as a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center is greeted by Chief of Staff Abdul Salam Rahimi, center right, as he arrives at Gul Khanna in the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 9, 2018. Pompeo is on a trip traveling to North Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels. …

Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Monday while returning from his trip to Asia. At a news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Pompeo stressed that Kabul must take the lead in peace talks with the Taliban.

The seat of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's pants is smudged with dust during a visit to a chemical fiber factory in Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province in this video grab from [North] Korean Central TV on Monday.

North Korean Media Shows Hard-Working Dictator Covered in Dirt

North Korean state media suddenly began depicting dictator Kim Jong-un covered in dirt this week, in a comically obvious bid to make the notoriously delicate leader appear hard-working and deeply in touch with working people.

US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have become on June …

U.S. Prepares Timeline of ‘Specific Asks’ for North Korea

A senior defense official giving a background briefing to reporters on Sunday stated that the Trump administration will soon present North Korea with a “specific timeline” for denuclearization filled with “specific asks,” and will judge Pyongyang’s degree of “good faith” by how well the timeline is received.

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during the Tehran Security Conference in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Iran's foreign minister has warned neighboring countries over fomenting insecurity in his country, a reference to anti-government protests that have roiled Iran over the past two weeks. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iranian Foreign Minister: Pompeo’s Demands for Nuclear Deal ‘Insulting’ and Illegal

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation on May 21, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined a list of 12 conditions Iran must meet to reach a new nuclear agreement with the United States. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, one of the lead architects of the nuclear deal Tehran struck with former President Barack Obama, responded this week by lashing out at Pompeo, dismissing his demands as “insulting,” and accusing President Donald Trump of “erratic behavior.”

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley listens during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment …

Reports: U.S. to Withdraw from U.N. Human Rights Council

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley are expected to announce the withdrawal of the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday afternoon, according to various reports.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un scowling

Pompeo: China Will Maintain Sanctions Against North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Thursday that China will maintain sanctions against North Korea “until such time as denuclearization is, in fact, complete.”

US State Department official says the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington can remain open but must restrict activity to the peace process with Israel

Cruz, Ros-Lehtinen: Palestinian Embassy in Washington ‘Violates U.S. Law’

TEL AVIV – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have been urged by two members of Congress to shutter the Washington D.C. bureau of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which endorses “flagrant violations” of U.S. law such as payments to terrorists.

Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has seen tens of thousands gather at the candlelit vigil in Victoria Park since 1990

Hong Kong Holds Massive Vigil for Tiananmen Square Anniversary

Hong Kong held a huge candlelight vigil in Victoria Park on Monday to mark the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. The event displeases Beijing, which has done what it can to suppress attendance and warn participants away from incendiary criticism of the Communist government.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a photo session during a summit of the BRICS major emerging economies in Xiamen, China, on Sept. 4, 2017. (Pool photo)(Kyodo) ==Kyodo (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)

Report: China, Russia Seek to Replace Europe in Iranian Economy

European leaders talked a great deal about keeping the Iran nuclear deal alive after President Donald Trump announced U.S. withdrawal three weeks ago, but the news turned with remarkable speed to European business interests pulling out of Iranian deals on the eve of American sanctions taking effect. The Wall Street Journal worried on Monday that Russia and China will step forward to profit from Europe’s departure.