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The United States Condemns Attempts by PRC-Affiliated Actors to Steal American COVID-19 Research

The United States condemns attempts by cyber actors and non-traditional collectors affiliated with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to steal U.S. intellectual property and data related to COVID-19 research, as announced in a May 13, 2020 warning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

United States Publishes a Global Maritime Advisory to Counter Sanctions Evasion by Iran, North Korea, and Syria

The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a global advisory to alert the maritime industry, and those active in the energy and metals sectors to deceptive shipping practices used to evade sanctions, with a focus on Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Yemen (via VTC)

Thank you, thank you, Sven. And, you know, a really special thanks to Martin. Martin, I’ve been keeping up with all of your meticulous work through the Secretary-General and I find your cautious optimism is very contagious and we’ve got people rooting for you back here, especially from Kentucky as I know that this is really an important time and a really, very delicate issue in Yemen.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Before Their Meeting

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Good morning. Mr. Secretary, Mike, welcome once again to Jerusalem. This visit comes a few days after the loss of your late father, Wayne. I want to express the condolences of my family to your family and of the people of Israel to you. I have to say that just reading about your father, we recognize the values that he instilled in you that are so evident in everything that you do. So please accept our condolences.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Speaker of the Knesset Gantz 

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with the Speaker of the Knesset Benny Gantz today in Jerusalem, Israel. 

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Israel.

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Countries Certified as Not Cooperating Fully with U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

Yesterday, the Department of State notified Congress that Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Cuba were certified under Section 40A(a) of the Arms Export Control Act as “not cooperating fully” with U.S. counterterrorism efforts in 2019. This is the first year that Cuba has been certified as not fully cooperating since 2015.


North American Cooperation on COVID-19

As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for our collective recovery.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Syria (via VTC)

Thank you, Sven. Thank you, Izumi, and Director-General Arias, and Coordinator Oñate, I have to say that these briefings have been extremely helpful and very illuminating, and I’d like to thank each of you for taking the time to be with us today.

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Condemning Heinous Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan Today

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the two horrific terrorist attacks in Afghanistan today. In an unconscionable assault, gunmen seized one of Kabul’s busiest hospitals, which housed a maternity ward run by Doctors Without Borders.

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