Press Releases: Statement on the 45th Anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

All countries share responsibility to confront nuclear proliferation. All countries benefit if nuclear weapons do not spread to additional countries. All countries also profit when there is smart, continuous action in the direction of nuclear disarmament. And all countries gain from cooperation on the … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall To Travel to Colombia

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall will travel to Colombia March 4-7, 2015.While in Colombia, Under Secretary Sewall will meet with a range of Colombian government officials and non-governmental representatives. She will underscore continued U.S. support … [Read more...]

Press Releases: March 05 – Thursday

SECRETARY JOHN KERRYSecretary Kerry is on travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and London, United Kingdom. He is accompanied by Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson, Deputy Chief of Staff Jon Finer, Spokesperson Jen Psaki, and Vice Admiral Kurt Tidd, JCS. Please click ‎here for more … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Update on Ambassador Mark Lippert

On Thursday in Seoul, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Mark Lippert underwent surgery to treat wounds to his face and hand following an assault earlier that day. He is currently recovering in the hospital. As the Ambassador tweeted Thursday afternoon from Seoul, he is doing well and in great spirits. … [Read more...]

Press Releases: CANCELLED: Deputy Secretary Higginbottom To Honor 10 International Women of Courage

Due to inclement weather, the 2015 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EST has been cancelled.For more information, please contact Rachel Wallace at For more information on the State Department’s work on global women’s … [Read more...]

Statement by the President on the 45th Anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Forty-five years ago today the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entered into force.  At the time that the treaty was signed, it was widely predicted that dozens of countries would develop nuclear weapons, a prospect that threatened to disrupt global stability and security.  Instead, thanks to … [Read more...]

Press Releases: U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Mark Lippert Assaulted

We can confirm that U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Mark Lippert was assaulted Thursday morning in Seoul while giving a speech. We strongly condemn this act of violence. The Ambassador is being treated at a local hospital. His injuries are not life threatening. Embassy Seoul is coordinating with … [Read more...]

Daily Press Briefing by the Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 03/04/15

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room    12:52 P.M. EST   MR. EARNEST:  Good afternoon, everybody.  It's nice to see you all today.  One quick announcement at the top before I get to your questions.     This afternoon -- well, this morning, the … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Daily Press Briefing – March 4, 2015

1:17 p.m. ESTMS. HARF:  Welcome to the daily press briefing.  I have two items at the top and then I will open it up to your questions.A trip update:  The Secretary’s on travel today having met with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif this morning in Montreux.  He is now en route to … [Read more...]

Message to Congress — Designation of FY 2015 Funding as Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War Terrorism for DHS Appropriations Act, 2015

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: In accordance with language under the heading "Coast Guard, Operating Expenses" of the Department of Homeland SecurityAppropriations Act, 2015 (the "Act"), I hereby designate for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism all funding so … [Read more...]