Tag: State Department

U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets

WARSAW — The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran’s missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials, who described it as part of an expanding campaign by the United States to undercut Tehran’s military and isolate its economy. Officials said it was impossible to measure precisely the […]

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaidó Controls U.S. Bank Accounts, State Dept. Says

WASHINGTON — The State Department said Tuesday that it had given Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó the right to control assets and property in the United States bank accounts of the government of Venezuela. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave the certification to Mr. Guaidó last Friday, two days after Mr. Guaidó declared himself interim […]

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No People. No Process. No Policy.

Senator John McCain liked to remind us that it is always darkest before it goes completely black. That may prove an apt metaphor for President Trump’s foreign policy. The past two years have been plenty dark, with a long list of self-inflicted wounds: tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, pulling out of the Paris climate […]

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Venezuelan President Does an About-Face That Allows U.S. Diplomats to Stay

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela on Saturday backed down from demanding that all American diplomats leave the country this weekend, even as the United States and allied nations continued to press for regime change in the South American nation. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said that Mr. Maduro’s government and the United States […]

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On Venezuela, Rubio Assumes U.S. Role of Ouster in Chief

WASHINGTON — His hand chopping in the air, his voice stern and stalwart, he declared that it was time for the regional despot to go and warned of the consequences if he did not. With a commander in chief’s resolve, he vowed that the United States would do whatever it took to protect its own […]

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An American Disappeared in Syria 2 Years Ago. His Family Wants Trump to Help.

BEIRUT — Since disappearing in Syria nearly two years ago, an American therapist has missed the birth of one grandchild, then another. His family in the United States does not know where he is, who is holding him, whether he has the diabetes medication he needs or even whether he is still alive. They have […]

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Most State Dept. Employees Will Return to Work Next Week Despite Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is asking most State Department employees to return to work on Tuesday, despite the stalemate in funding negotiations between the president and congressional Democrats that has led to a partial government shutdown. In a message posted online on Thursday, the department’s deputy under secretary for management, Bill Todd, cited the […]

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Pence Says U.S. Still Waiting on North Korea for ‘Concrete Steps’ to Denuclearize

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence told American ambassadors on Wednesday that North Korea has failed to take any substantive steps to give up its nuclear weapons, even as President Trump is moving toward a second meeting with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader. “While the president has started a promising dialogue with Chairman Kim,” […]

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Bangladesh’s Farcical Vote

Sheikh Hasina has done marvels for Bangladesh over nearly 10 consecutive years as prime minister. Per-capita income in what was one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world has grown by nearly 150 percent, and the proportion of the population living in extreme poverty has dropped from 19 percent to about 9 […]

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Pompeo Presses Saudi Crown Prince on War, Murder and Diplomatic Rifts

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince at the royal palace in the kingdom’s capital on Monday with the aim of pressing the prince on a range of thorny issues — including war, murder and diplomatic rifts — that have weakened the American-Saudi alliance and increased tensions […]

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U.S. Ambassadors Worldwide Are Summoned to D.C. Forum Despite Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The State Department plans to fly all of its ambassadors and other top diplomatic envoys from around the world into Washington next week for a two-day conference, even if the continuing partial government shutdown continues. Most State Department employees have been furloughed or are working without pay since the shutdown began on Dec. […]

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Revolution 60: Cuba’s Next Transformation

On the 60th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, which the ruling Communist Party celebrated on Tuesday, the island nation is stable, having overcome such existential threats as the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 and a half-century of diplomatic isolation and withering economic sanctions imposed by the United States. […]

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Envoys Denounce Venezuela’s Maduro and Urge Him to Cede Power

Thirteen nations announced on Friday that they would not recognize the legitimacy of the new presidential term of Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, who is set to be inaugurated for a second time next week. Diplomats from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and St. Lucia issued a joint […]

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U.S. Renews Travel Advisory for China, Warning of Arbitrary Detention

The United States renewed a travel advisory for China on Thursday that warned American citizens could face arbitrary detention there, a move that came amid tense relations between the countries dominated by trade disputes and the recent American-requested arrest of a high-profile Chinese executive in Canada. The rights of foreign nationals in China have received […]

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U.S. Ambassador Visits American Arrested in Russia on Spying Charge

The American arrested in Russia on suspicion of spying met with the United States ambassador on Wednesday, and the secretary of state said he would demand the man’s return if the detention was “not appropriate.” Russia’s domestic security agency said on Monday that it had detained the American, Paul N. Whelan, three days earlier “during […]

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Editorial Observer: A Changing of the Guard

They are in their 80s and 90s now, national security titans from years past when certain values were broadly shared, like the imperative of America’s global leadership and the nation’s commitment to democracy, diplomacy and the North Atlantic alliance. And with George H.W. Bush gone, it’s hard not to wonder how the tenor of American […]

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On Syria, It’s Trump vs. the Trump Administration

It was less than three months ago that John Bolton, the national security adviser, declared an expanded objective for American troops in Syria. The goal is not just defeating the Islamic State, but also ensuring that Iranian forces leave the country, he told reporters in what seemed like an authoritative statement of official policy. Only, […]

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At War: In the United States, His Problem Wasn’t the Taliban. It Was Everything Else.

Strolling the aisles at a Kohl’s department store near his home in Rochester, N.Y., Azizullah Sharifi spoke Pashto with his daughter Marwah as they picked through shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops for the summer. The father and daughter stopped to check their shopping cart, when a woman next to them muttered, “Speak [expletive] English” in a […]

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Don’t Tear Up This Treaty

Every American president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama has successfully negotiated an agreement with the Soviet Union, or the Russian federation, to reduce the threat from both countries’ vast nuclear arsenals. More than a dozen treaties limiting nuclear testing, nuclear weapons, activities in outer space and missile defense have been part of this […]

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Troubled by Lapses, Government’s Voice to the World Braces for New Trump Management

WASHINGTON — The American government’s broadcast service to the world has a problem: It is becoming the news itself. TV Martí, which aims broadcasts at Cuba, aired a segment in May that called the financier and Democratic donor George Soros, a longtime opponent of authoritarianism, “a nonbelieving Jew of flexible morals.” Voice of America, the […]

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