Vice President Pence: U.S. Commitment to the Indo-Pacific is Steadfast and Enduring

The United States seeks “collaboration, not control” in the Indo-Pacific region, Vice President Pence told a conference of Southeast Asian countries whose leaders gathered in Singapore. “We all agree that empire and aggression have no place in the Indo-Pacific,” Pence said at the 6th summit between the U.S. and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ...
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Ambassador Hagerty Speaks at the Japan National Press Club

Ambassador William F. Hagerty Japan National Press Club November 16, 2018 Thank you very much Sugita-san. It’s a great pleasure to be back here with you today. Managing Director Habu, minna-san: Konnichi-wa. It is my great pleasure to join all of you here for a second press conference here at the Japan National Press Club. ...
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Vice President Pence Arrives in Japan

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Japan on November 12 for critical meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet. The focus is on the common U.S.-Japan commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea. Ambassador Hagerty and his wife greeted the Vice President and Second Lady at Yokota Air Base. This ...
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Secretary Pompeo Meets with Japanese Leaders in Tokyo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Tokyo on October 6 to discuss the next steps on DPRK engagement. They reaffirmed their mutual commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK, and agreed that pressure must continue until the DPRK denuclearizes. Both sides ...
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Secretary Pompeo to Visit the Region after Successful UN Talks

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Tokyo, Pyongyang, Seoul, and Beijing October 6-8. This visit comes as a follow-up after Secretary Pompeo chaired a United Nations Security Council meeting on nonproliferation and the DPRK, in conjunction with the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. Trip announcement Secretary Pompeo Chairs UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea
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Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun Visits the Region

Newly appointed U.S. special representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun is making his first diplomatic trip abroad to the capitals of South Korea, China and Japan. In the September 10–15 trip, Biegun will meet with his counterparts and continue diplomatic efforts to achieve the “final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea” that Chairman Kim Jong ...
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Secretary Pompeo Reaffirms U.S. Dedication to ASEAN and Regional Allies

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Singapore August 3-4 to participate in the annual ASEAN-centered ministerial meetings in support of the United States’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific. On the margins of the ASEAN Ministerial meetings, the Secretary also held bilateral meetings, including with Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono. Read more via the DipNote blog
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Secretary Pompeo Addresses the Indo-Pacific Business Forum

Speaking at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington on July 30, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Indo-Pacific is one of the greatest engines of the future global economy, and America will remain involved in the region. He said, “Our Indo-Pacific vision excludes no nation. We seek to work with anyone to promote ...
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Secretary of State Pompeo Visits Japan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Tokyo July 7-8 to meet with Prime Minister Abe and participate in trilateral discussions with Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. They discussed the shared commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK, as well as other bilateral and regional issues. Secretary ...
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President Trump and Prime Minister Abe Meet in Mar-a-Lago, Florida

Meeting with Prime Minster Shinzo Abe at the Mar-a-Lago retreat for two days of talks, President Trump said the United States and Japan are “very unified on the subject of North Korea.” Press Release: Working Together to Strengthen the U.S.-Japan Alliance Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe before their bilateral meeting
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Vice President Pence Begins his Trip to Japan & South Korea

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will lead the Presidential Delegation to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and attend the Opening Ceremony on February 9, 2018. The Vice President will also visit Tokyo Feb. 6-8 to participate in bilateral meetings with leaders to discuss security and stability on the Korean ...
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Strengthening U.S. Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific for a More Secure and Prosperous Future

The United States continues to work tirelessly with our East Asian and Pacific allies and partners to strengthen cooperation and foster new relationships to address security threats and increase U.S. economic opportunities. And 2017 was a crucial year for U.S. engagement with the Indo-Pacific. Here is Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton’s perspective in her latest ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson on the Latest DPRK Missile Launch

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 28, 2017 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability. The D.P.R.K.’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver ...
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U.S. Designates North Korea as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

President Trump declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism and said the U.S. will levy the largest sanctions ever against North Korea. “This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons, and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime” of Kim Jong-un, the president said at ...
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President Trump Attends APEC Summit in Vietnam

President Donald J. Trump participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam November 10-11. In his speech at the APEC CEO summit, President Trump said, “Today, I am here to offer a renewed partnership with America to work together to strengthen the bonds of friendship and commerce between all of the nations of ...
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President Trump Arrives in Japan, Addresses Troops at Yokota Air Base

President Donald Trump addressed U.S. and Japanese troops at the Yokota Air Base outside Tokyo on Nov. 5 just after his arrival in Japan on the first leg of his five-nation trip to Asia. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) Remarks by President Trump to Servicemembers at Yokota Air Base – White House President Trump and the First Lady Participate in a Yokota Air Base Troop Event – YouTube More information on the President’s trip to Asia
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Statement from the Press Secretary on President Trump’s Upcoming Travel to Japan

As was announced on September 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii, from November 3-14, 2017. This update provides further details about the President’s itinerary. The President’s travel will underscore his commitment to longstanding United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United ...
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Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan’s Travel to Tokyo and Seoul

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Tokyo and Seoul for a Deputies-level trilateral meeting hosted by the Republic of Korea on October 18. The trilateral meeting will focus on strategic coordination related to the urgent threat from DPRK’s advancing nuclear weapons program and include discussion on regional and global areas of ...
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Ambassador Hagerty’s Statement on the September 15 North Korea Missile Launch

The United States stands with Japan in strongly condemning this latest provocation by North Korea. Our alliance with Japan is stronger than it has ever been and our commitment to Japan’s defense remains rock solid. Threatening and destabilizing actions such as today’s launch only increase the North Korean regime’s international isolation.
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Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of U.S.-ASEAN Relations

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on May 4 at the Department of State for a special U.S.-ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting. The event commemorated the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and ASEAN, and reinforced our strategic partnership. The meeting followed the 30th ...
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Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to the Asia-Pacific Region

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and Hawaii from April 15-25, 2017.  This trip will serve as the Vice President’s first official travel to the Asia-Pacific region.  During his trip, the Vice President will emphasize President Trump’s continued commitment to U.S. alliances and partnerships in the Asia-Pacific ...
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U.S.-Japan-ROK Issue Joint Statement on North Korea

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Kenji Kanasugi, and Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Kim Hong-kyun met in Washington to discuss the situation in North Korea. • Full text of joint statement
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