Mauritania, a geographically large country located just across the Atlantic from Washington, DC, is a country rich in history and traditions. More than three times the size of New Mexico, its desert landscape is home to approximately four million people. Landing in the capital of Nouakchott to visit two foreign assistance programs supported by our bureau, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), we quickly understood that Mauritania’s past is very present in how its people live today.
USIP has proven itself to be a unique and vital institution within our policy landscape. It is not only the keeper and dispenser of remarkable expertise in the practice of peace building and conflict resolution, but is also a convener and convoker of first category.
Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today for this timely hearing on North Korea. Thank you also for your attention to the North Korea threat and how the United States is addressing it. The threat posed by North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program is gravely serious, and one that warrants immediate and urgent attention, as this Administration has provided. The test of a nuclear device on September 3, North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, is an unacceptable provocation that ignores repeated calls from the international community for a change in North Korea’s behavior.
The Security and Defense Working Group of the U.S.–Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission met on September 8, 2017, in Washington, DC.
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David M. Satterfield will travel to Astana, Kazakhstan on September 14 and 15, 2017 to lead the U.S. government observer delegation in the next round of Astana Process talks on Syria. Acting Assistant Secretary Satterfield will reinforce U.S. support for all efforts to achieve a sustainable de-escalation of violence and provision of unhindered humanitarian aid.
Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American people in the face of evil. Though our country was wounded that day, today we remind the world that terrorism will never defeat the United States.
The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on a security convoy in Egypt today that left at least 18 dead and others injured. We express our profound condolences to the families and friends of the victims and our wishes for a speedy recovery for those hurt in the attack.
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks following the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2375 on North Korea. The U.S.-drafted resolution includes the strongest sanctions ever imposed on North Korea, with measures targeting its last remaining major exports and reducing about 30 percent of oil provided to North Korea.
I want to thank you, Secretary Mattis, General Dunford, members of the Cabinet, members of the Armed Forces, first responders, and most importantly, to the families and to the survivors: It’s an honor to join you on this very, very solemn occasion. This is an occasion that is extraordinary, and it will always be extraordinary.
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. will travel to Helsinki, Finland September 10-12 where he will meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov to address areas of bilateral concern and cooperation. He will also lead the U.S. interagency delegation to the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Talks.