When Iraqi and coalition forces pushed into Mosul, fleeing ISIS fighters left behind hundreds of deadly improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Some of these IEDs were laid to limit access to water systems and other key infrastructure, while others were designed to thwart rebuilding efforts. Still other IEDs were clearly intended to terrorize Iraqi families returning to their homes: explosives rigged to light switches and water taps, hidden in household appliances, buried under debris, and even left behind in children’s toys.
Ms. Mary Beth Polly: Hi. Thank you everyone for joining us today. We’re also very grateful to Ambassador Hagerty for giving us some time after a very busy couple of days with President Trump in Japan.
The United States condemns the Maduro regime’s increasing disrespect for democracy and fundamental human rights in Venezuela.
WASHINGTON— Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua with a delayed effective date of 12 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on January 5, 2019.
After years of delays, the independent elections commission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) published a timeline for the country’s long overdue elections. The United States will work with the international community to help the DRC meet this timeline, and we stand ready to ensure President Kabila abides by his commitments in line with the constitution and the December 31 Agreement.
The President's three overriding objectives for the entire trip -- and this is the longest trip by an American President to Asia in more than a quarter of a century -- is, first, to strengthen international resolve to denuclearize North Korea. Second is to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region. And third, a matter also near and dear to President Trump's heart, is advancing America's prosperity.
I'm honored to be here today in this beautiful country, home of the extraordinary people of Japan. Japan is a treasured partner and crucial ally of the United States. And today we thank them for welcoming us and for decades of wonderful friendship between our two nations.
Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell will travel to Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; London, UK; Berlin, Germany; Warsaw, Poland; and Kyiv, Ukraine, November 6-16, to underscore the U.S. commitment to our transatlantic alliance and to our partnerships.
President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. King Salman expressed his condolences for the recent terrorist attack in New York City. President Trump thanked the King for his support and emphasized America’s commitment to defeating ISIS.
Today, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) issued a report concluding that the chemical weapon sarin was used in the March 30, 2017 attack on the Syrian town of Ltamenah. That attack injured more than 70 people. The OPCW will submit its latest report to the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) to identify who was responsible for this attack. The JIM’s mandate is set to expire on November 16 unless the Security Council takes action to extend it.