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Vietnamese Government’s Decision to Convict Activists Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, and Nguyen Van Minh

We are deeply concerned by the Vietnamese government’s conviction and sentencing of activists Ms. Bui Thi Minh Hang, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, and Mr. Nguyen Van Minh to 3... Read More

U.S. Looks Forward to Productive 27th Session of the Human Rights Council

UN Human Rights Council – Organizational Meeting Thank you, Mr. President, The United States would like to make a comment about the proposal to limit speaking times. We understand that... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Peter Theo Curtis

Particularly after a week marked by unspeakable tragedy, we are all relieved and grateful knowing that Theo Curtis is coming home after so much time held in the clutches of... Read More

U.S. on Death of Mykola Zelenec, Lithuania's Honorary Consul in Luhansk

Today we were shocked to hear reports that Lithuanian Honorary Consul Mykola Zelenec was abducted and murdered by separatist groups operating in Luhansk. We extend heartfelt condolences to his family... Read More

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the situation in eastern Ukraine. President Poroshenko informed the Vice President that most of the Russian military trucks that... Read More

Op-Ed: Iraqis Must Rise Above Their Differences to Rout Terrorists

This opinion piece originally appeared in the Washington Post. In recent months, the terrorist group known within the U.S. government as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)... Read More

Readout of Secretary Kerry’s Call with Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari

Secretary Kerry spoke with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari today to discuss the situation in Iraq. The Secretary expressed his strong support for the formation of a new government... Read More

NSC Spokesperson on Russian Convoy in Ukraine

Today, in violation of its previous commitments and international law, Russian military vehicles painted to look like civilian trucks forced their way into Ukraine. While a small number of these... Read More

U.S. Condemns Attack on Worshippers in Iraq

The United States strongly condemns the vicious attack today on innocent men, women, and children inside a mosque in the village of Imam Wais in Diyala province. The United States... Read More

USUN Remarks at a Security Council Open Debate on Conflict Prevention

Thank you very much, Mr. President, for convening this important discussion and thank you Mr. Secretary-General and Madame High Commissioner for your insightful and informative briefings. And also thank you,... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Murder of James Foley

James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on... Read More

President Obama on the Murder of James Foley

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. Jim was a journalist, a son, a... Read More

Ambassador Dunn at a Briefing on the UN Security Council Trip to Europe and Africa

Thank you, Mr. President, for scheduling today’s briefing and for initiating this very worthy mission by the Council. On behalf of Ambassador Power, let me thank all of you for... Read More

Ambassador Power on World Humanitarian Day

Each August 19, I remember with sadness the great humanitarian diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello, whose violent death in Baghdad eleven years ago, alongside 21 others, prompted the UN to... Read More

Secretary Kerry on World Humanitarian Day

We pay tribute today to the world’s humanitarians – those unsung heroes who, despite the risks, work to save lives on the front lines of conflict and help victims of... Read More

World Humanitarian Day 2014: Risking Their Lives for Others

Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to honor aid workers striving to save and improve lives around the globe. In my travels throughout the year, I’ve met aid workers... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Milestone in Eliminating Syria's Chemical Weapons Program

Today, we mark a milestone in our unrelenting work to ensure the end of the Assad regime’s deadly chemical arsenal: The United States has finished neutralizing the regime’s deadliest chemical... Read More

President Obama on Iraq

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This sound system is really powerful. Today, I’d like to update the American people on two issues that I’ve been monitoring closely these last several... Read More

Ambassador Power Explanation of Vote After Adoption of Security Council Resolution 2170 on ISIL and the al-Nusrah Front in Iraq and Syria

Thank you. The growth of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), al-Nusrah Front, and other associates of al-Qaeda represents a grave threat to the people of Syria... Read More

NSC Spokesperson on Reports of Russian Armored Military Column in Ukraine

We are working to gather more information regarding reports that Ukraine’s security forces disabled vehicles in a Russian military convoy inside Ukraine. We are not currently in a position to... Read More


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