Tag Archives: State

State Dept walks back Tillerson call for talks with N. Korea

Published time: 13 Dec, 2017 22:59 State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert appeared to walk back statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for negotiations with North Korea. Nauert said Pyongyang would have to suspend weapons tests before talks could take place. “We’re ready to talk anytime they’d like to talk,” Tillerson said on Tuesday, during a question-and-answer session at ...

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US State Dept offers smug gestures but no answers on stripping of RT credentials

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has brushed off a question from RT about the withdrawal of its Congress credentials, and whether this contradicts her past vow that registration as a foreign agent would not impede the broadcaster’s ability to report. Nauert fell short of providing a clear answer to RT’s Sameera Khan on whether the State Department still stands by ...

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Trump’s expanded travel ban goes into full effect – State Department

The US State Department announced that it is fully implementing President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, following the Supreme Court’s decision to overrule injunctions against it. “National security is our top priority in visa operations. Our embassies and consulates around the world are fully implementing Presidential Proclamation 9645 to protect the American people, now that US Supreme Court orders permit ...

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Lilac Fire: State of emergency declared in San Diego as yet another CA inferno burns homes

The Lilac Fire in San Diego North County has burned two people, charred 2,500 acres and destroyed 20 structures. The blaze erupted after several other fires raged throughout Southern California and even into West Los Angeles. Lilac Fire The Lilac Fire was first reported at 11:20am Thursday on the southbound Interstate-15 freeway, near the connector to the State Route 76 ...

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Jerusalem is the ‘eternal capital of the state of Palestine’ – Palestine leader Abbas

Published time: 6 Dec, 2017 19:20 Edited time: 6 Dec, 2017 19:52 Mahmoud Abbas has condemned Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He said it negates the US’ right to be a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while stating that Jerusalem remains the “eternal capital” of Palestine. Mahmoud Abbas has strongly rejected Donald Trump’s declaration, stating that Jerusalem ...

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‘No wins on the board yet’: State Department’s dismal record under Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has sent a morale-boosting message to America’s demoralized diplomats: Don’t worry about Washington’s endless succession of foreign policy disasters, the State Department will enjoy some “quick wins” in the near future! Speaking at the US Embassy in Brussels, currently without a US ambassador, the oil executive-turned US chief diplomat conceded that “while we don’t ...

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Poor state of arms: 1 in 5 British soldiers not combat-ready, French ships needed to fight

Published time: 5 Dec, 2017 13:25 Edited time: 5 Dec, 2017 13:26 Thousands of British soldiers are unfit for battle because of medical conditions, and the Royal Navy may need French ships in order to fight, calling into question whether the UK’s military is able to defend Britain at all. Up to 8,000 people are unable to be deployed to ...

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Syrian air defense intercepts 3 Israeli missiles targeting military site near Damascus – state media

Published time: 5 Dec, 2017 01:25 Edited time: 5 Dec, 2017 01:53 Israel has reportedly launched air strikes at a Syrian military research facility in the Damascus countryside, local media report, claiming that the country’s air defense systems engaged and destroyed three out of at least six incoming missiles. At 11:30pm Monday, Syrian “air defenses confronted an Israeli missile attack ...

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‘Laughable’: Tillerson dismisses report that Trump will fire him from State Dept

Published time: 1 Dec, 2017 17:29 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brushed off reports that President Donald Trump is planning to replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo. The administration has repeatedly rejected the report as false. “It’s laughable. It’s laughable,” Tillerson said on Friday, when asked by reporters if Trump is planning to replace him with Pompeo. The ...

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Trump state visit to UK ‘not expected’ after Britain First Twitter spat – diplomat

Published time: 1 Dec, 2017 09:17 The UK-US ‘special relationship’ has been rocked by the unprecedented row between Donald Trump and Theresa May – which started over a Twitter spat. Now, POTUS has delayed his visit to the UK, just as the PM is urged to rescind his invitation altogether. The president started an almighty fall-out on Wednesday when he ...

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