The criminal charges the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today against six officers of the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate’s (GRU) Military Unit 74455 highlight once again Russia’s continuing disruptive, destructive, and destabilizing activities in cyberspace.
Today, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivered remarks at the Three Seas Initiative Virtual Summit hosted by the Government of Estonia. The Three Seas Initiative aims to boost economic prosperity through north-south connectivity between the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black Seas.
The international community has long recognized that the Iranian regime uses the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) to transport proliferation-sensitive items intended for Iran’s ballistic missile and military programs.
Today, I was honored to convene the Trump Administration’s third meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, a cabinet-level entity that consists of 20 agencies across the federal government responsible for coordinating U.S. efforts to combat all forms of human trafficking. I was joined by Deputy Secretary Biegun and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump.
On September 19, virtually all UN sanctions on Iran returned, including re-imposition of the UN arms embargo. Accordingly, the export of certain conventional arms to Iran is a violation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1929 and the procurement of any arms or related materiel from Iran is a violation of UNSCR 1747. The United States is prepared to use its domestic authorities to sanction any individual or entity that materially contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional arms to or from Iran, as well as those who provide technical training, financial support and services, and other assistance related to these arms.
“We issued a joint statement with the EU on the synergies between the Clean Network and the EU 5G Clean Toolbox. Since adoption of the Toolbox meets the criteria for being part of the Clean Network, the two work well together. NATO’s Deputy Secretary General has also emphasized the importance of having a 5G Clean NATO Network. I was glad to hear that.”
– Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, 10/14/20
The United States strongly condemns the attack on the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s branch office in Baghdad by Iran-backed elements of the Popular Mobilization Forces.
During his October 14-16 trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun met with senior Bangladesh government officials to advance the United States-Bangladesh partnership on a range of bilateral initiatives.
Moderator: Hello. I’d like to welcome journalists to today’s virtual press briefing with Robert Destro, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and John Cotton Richmond, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Moderator: Good morning to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. I would like to welcome our participants from across the continent and thank all of you for taking part in this discussion.