Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post.
Here are the key moments from This Week at State:
United States Officials Participate in 73rd United Nations General Assembly
President Donald J. Trump participated in a number of events at the 73nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The President spoke at a “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” event on September 24, delivering remarks to the General Assembly and attending a luncheon hosted by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on September 25, and chairing a United Nations Security Council briefing on counterproliferation on September 26. President Trump also spoke at a press conference on September 27, highlighting key activities from the week.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Deputy Secretary John Sullivan and other State Department officials participated in a variety of meetings and side events highlighting U.S. leadership on multilateral issues, in conjunction with UNGA.
On September 24, Secretary Pompeo participated in a press briefing on the President's agenda at the UN General Assembly, along with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and National Security Advisor John Bolton.
The Secretary chaired a UN Security Council briefing on non-proliferation and the Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea on September 27.
It was my honor to chair today's UN Security Council meeting on #DPRK. We reaffirmed that the world cannot accept a nuclear-armed North Korea and emphasized the importance of maintaining and enforcing international sanctions until final, fully-verified denuclearization. #UNGA pic.twitter.com/DaGPx9C1xK— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 27, 2018
.@POTUS’ international pressure campaign on #DPRK has resulted in the first significant diplomatic breakthrough in decades. We must continue to hold each other accountable to the UN Security Council-imposed sanctions that have brought us this far. #UNGA pic.twitter.com/f7H7ZExHfj— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 27, 2018
Deputy Secretary Sullivan co-hosted an event on human trafficking on September 24, participated in the ninth ministerial plenary meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum on September 26, and hosted a ministerial meeting on advancing responsible state behavior in cyber on September 28.
Senior State Department officials also participated in an event with Syrian human rights defenders to condemn Assad regime detentions in Syria, a meeting on next steps on the South Sudan peace process, and a briefing at the Foreign Press Center on human rights in Iran.
Secretary Pompeo Speaks at United Against Nuclear Iran Summit
On September 25, Secretary Pompeo gave remarks that the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit in New York. In his remarks, the Secretary highlighted the Iranian regime’s track record as one the worst violators of the UN Charter and UN Security Council Resolutions, attempts by parties to bypass U.S. sanctions against Iran, and U.S. efforts to hold Iran accountable for recent attacks.
.@SecPompeo: The United States says this to the people of #Iran: our pledges of support do not end with our words. The United States hears you; the United States supports you; the United States is with you. pic.twitter.com/TB8H3Z9GlP— Department of State (@StateDept) September 25, 2018
In conjunction with the Secretary’s remarks, the State Department released a report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime's destructive behavior at home and abroad.
Secretary Pompeo and Deputy Secretary Sullivan Meet with World Leaders
Secretary Pompeo participated in President Donald J. Trump’s meetings with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea, President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt, President Emmanuel Macron of France, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
On September 26, Secretary Pompeo met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
In a meeting w/ #DPRK Foreign Minister Ri today, @SecPompeo accepted an invitation to travel to Pyongyang next month to make further progress on the implementation of commitments from the U.S.-DPRK Singapore summit and to prepare for a second summit between @POTUS & Chairman Kim. pic.twitter.com/t7QZ5Jtjfo— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) September 26, 2018
On the margins of UNGA, September 23-28, Secretary Pompeo met with: Jordanian King Abdullah II; Burmese Minister for the Office of the State Counselor Kyaw Tint Swe; Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; South African Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu; Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu; Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov; Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari; and President of the Red Cross Peter Maurer.
The Secretary hosted the 18th Transatlantic Dinner for senior officials from Europe and Canada, met with UN Secretary-General Guterres and the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, and hosted foreign ministers from the Middle East for the GCC+2 Ministerial.
Deputy Secretary Sullivan also met with a number of world leaders during UNGA. The Deputy Secretary met with: Angolan Minister of External Relations Manuel Augusto; Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin; Yemeni President Hadi; Sudanese Foreign Minister Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed; Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie; Qatari Foreign Minister Al Thani; Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh; a roundtable with foreign ministers from Pacific Island countries; ASEAN Ministers; foreign ministers from Caribbean Community countries; and Irish Foreign Minister Coveney.
United States Addresses International Efforts To Implement UN Security Council Resolutions on DPRK's Illicit Shipping Activities
In a September 22 statement, Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert welcomed coordination on international efforts to implement UN Security Council Resolutions on North Korea’s illicit shipping activities.
This coordination was also addressed by Secretary Pompeo during a September 27 UN Security Council Briefing on the DPRK.
United States Offers Congratulations on Election in Maldives
In a September 23 statement by Spokesperson Nauert, the United States congratulated the people of Maldives, who peacefully raised their democratic voices to determine the future of their country.
Secretary Pompeo Conducts Series of Interviews
In a series of interviews, Secretary Pompeo highlighting U.S. priorities for the UN General Assembly and addressing issues of the day from Iran to North Korea to China. The Secretary’s interviews included: Interview With Rich Edson of Fox News; Interview With Elise Labott of CNN; Interview With Barbara Plett Usher of BBC; Interview With Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC; Interview With Chuck Todd of NBC; Interview With Chris Wallace of Fox News; and Interview With Norah O'Donnell of CBS News.
Editor’s Note: This entry is also published in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.