Latest U.S. Department of State News

US: NKorea missile tests are 'deeply counterproductive'

Dec. 11, 2019 8:58 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States warned North Korea Wednesday that its “deeply counterproductive” ballistic missile tests risk closing the door on prospects for negotiating peace but said it is “prepared to be flexible” and take concrete, parallel steps with Pyongyang...

Diplomats: US backs out of North Korea human rights meeting

Dec. 9, 2019 4:18 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States changed its mind and is now refusing to sign a letter that would have authorized the U.N. Security Council to hold a meeting on the human rights situation in North Korea, diplomats said Monday. Without support from the United States, European and other countries that...

US considers sending several thousand more troops to Mideast

Dec. 5, 2019 9:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region. John Rood, defense undersecretary for...

US feels the heat as Trump pulls out of global climate pact

Dec. 5, 2019 4:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is aiming to make the annual U.N.-sponsored climate talks underway in Madrid the last ones for full participation by the United States, which is the world's No. 1 economy and the second-biggest carbon emitter. Trump dismisses climate change and he thumbed his nose...

Correction: Climate Talks-Goodbye US? story

Dec. 5, 2019 4:20 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story December 4, 2019, about the Trump administration's role in the Madrid climate conference, The Associated Press erroneously reported the details of a poll measuring public opinion on the Paris climate agreement.

US’s Afghan peace envoy makes surprise stop in Kabul

Dec. 4, 2019 1:08 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington’s special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday to launch an “accelerated effort” to get Afghans on both sides of the protracted conflict to the negotiation table to plot a roadmap to a post-war Afghanistan. His...

US Congress condemns China for crackdown on ethnic Muslims

Dec. 3, 2019 10:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday aimed at pressuring China over a brutal mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims in the far west of the country, legislation that follows a similar measure over human rights abuses in Hong Kong that angered the Chinese government. The House of...

Trump knew of whistleblower before releasing Ukraine aid

Nov. 28, 2019 12:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was briefed on the whistleblower complaint about his dealings with Ukraine before the White House released nearly $400 million in military aid to Kyiv, officials say, shedding new light on events that triggered the impeachment inquiry. Trump was told about the...

The Latest: Hong Kong reopens major tunnel closed by protest

Nov. 26, 2019 6:38 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 7:30 a.m. Wednesday A major tunnel has reopened in Hong Kong after a two-week closure because of anti-government protests. Vehicles were lining up at the toll booths Wednesday morning for the Cross-Harbour Tunnel linking Hong Kong...

US calls its ambassador to South Sudan back to Washington

Nov. 25, 2019 11:31 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States has called its ambassador to South Sudan back to Washington for consultations as Washington reevaluates its relationship with the country after a delay in implementing a fragile peace deal. The unusual public statement Monday by the State Department was echoed in a...