Over the weekend, Iran tested a medium-range ballistic missile in defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231. Today, the UN Security Council will meet to discuss this latest violation. The United States welcomes the initiative of the United Kingdom and France in requesting the discussion.
As consultations are set to commence between the Republic of Yemen Government and the Houthis in Sweden, the United States calls on parties to engage fully and genuinely, and cease any ongoing hostilities. The people of Yemen have suffered far too long. The parties owe it to their fellow Yemenis to seize this opportunity.
December 1, 2018, marks the 30th anniversary of the first World AIDS Day, and this year is the 15th anniversary of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Hello, folks. Here to talk a bit about Syria today and take your questions. Can you all hear me?
MR HOOK: Great. The Iranian Government claims that its missile testing is purely defensive in nature. How exactly is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism entitled to a claim of defense? In fact, Iran’s security concerns are entirely self-generated.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today in Brussels. The Secretary emphasized the United States' commitment to Israel's security and absolute right to self-defense and to fighting anti-Israeli bias at the United Nations.
Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will travel to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar with an interagency delegation from December 2 – 20.
• President Trump used the G20 Summit as an opportunity to reiterate his commitment to promoting economic growth and prosperity both domestically and across the world.
• At the G20, President Trump highlighted the Administration’s successes in achieving historic tax cuts, cutting regulations, and promoting workforce development.
o President Trump’s economic policies have resulted in the United States seeing historically low unemployment and strong economic growth.
• The President encouraged other countries to follow this path to promote economic growth and prosperity for citizens worldwide.
Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, “a thousand points of light” illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.
QUESTION: Secretary Pompeo, thank you very much for this opportunity with the Spanish division of Voice of America.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Gesell, it’s great to be with you. Thank you for the opportunity.