Secretary Pompeo Remarks to the Press

Secretary Pompeo Remarks to the Press


SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. I have several statements I want to make today,
starting with a statement about the Islamic Republic of Iran. The United States is monitoring the ongoing
protests in Iran closely. We condemn strongly any acts of violence committed
by this regime against the Iranian people and are deeply concerned by reports of several
fatalities. We’ve been at that since the beginning of
this administration. The Islamic Republic must cease violence against
its own people and should immediately restore the ability of all Iranians to access a free
and open Internet. The world is watching. The Iranian people will enjoy a better future
when their government begins to respect basic human rights, abandons its revolutionary posture
and its destabilizing foreign policy in the region, and behaves simply like a normal nation. The choice is clearly with the regime. Continuing with Iran, President Rouhani recently
announced that Iran will begin uranium enrichment activities at the Fordow facility. Therefore, the United States will terminate
the sanctions waiver related to the nuclear facility at Fordow, effective December 15th,
2019. The right amount of uranium enrichment for
the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero. Iran originally constructed Fordow as a fortified,
underground bunker to conduct secret uranium enrichment work, and there is no legitimate
reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site. Iran should reverse its activity there immediately. Iran’s supreme leader is reverting to his
tried-and-true method of using nuclear brinksmanship to extort the international community into
accepting the regime’s destabilizing activity. The United States rejects this approach completely
and calls on all nations to do the same. The only viable way forward is through comprehensive
negotiations that address the full range of Iran’s threats in their entirety. Iran’s most recent action is yet another
clear attempt at nuclear extortion that will only deepen its political and economic isolation
from the world. I also want to spend just a minute talking
about Iraq. For the last few weeks, the United States
has watched the protests very, very closely. We support the Iraqi people as they strive
for a prosperous Iraq that is free of corruption and Iranian malign influence. We’ve stated clearly that Iraq’s leaders
must protect human rights as Iraqis lift their voices to secure a flourishing democracy. Our calls are consistent with the Trump administration’s
track record as being a force for good throughout Iraq. We have worked with the Iraqi security forces
to take down the ISIS caliphate, and we will continue to make sure it cannot re-emerge. The United States remains the largest humanitarian
donor to Iraq, providing more than $2 billion in food, water, medicine, and shelter since
2014 alone. And we are the largest donor as well to stabilization,
rebuilding more than 500 schools, 100 health centers, 50 water treatment plants, with many
more projects coming online soon. Now our commitment continues. We will not stand idle while the corrupt officials
make the Iraqi people suffer. Today, I am affirming the United States will
use our legal authorities to sanction corrupt individuals that are stealing Iraqis’ wealth
and those killing and wounding peaceful protesters. Like the Iraqi people taking to the streets
today, our sanctions will not discriminate between religious sect or ethnicity. They will simply target those who do wrong
to the Iraqi people, no matter who they are. Turning now to Israel, the Trump administration
is reversing the Obama administration’s approach towards Israeli settlements. U.S. public statements on settlement activities
in the West Bank have been inconsistent over decades. In 1978, the Carter administration categorically
concluded that Israel’s establishment of civilian settlements was inconsistent with
international law. However, in 1981, President Reagan disagreed
with that conclusion and stated that he didn’t believe that the settlements were inherently
illegal. Subsequent administrations recognized that
unrestrained settlement activity could be an obstacle to peace, but they wisely and
prudently recognized that dwelling on legal positions didn’t advance peace. However, in December 2016, at the very end
of the previous administration, Secretary Kerry changed decades of this careful, bipartisan
approach by publicly reaffirming the supposed illegality of settlements. After carefully studying all sides of the
legal debate, this administration agrees with President Reagan. The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements
in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law. I want to emphasize several important considerations. First, look, we recognize that – as Israeli
courts have – the legal conclusions relating to individual settlements must depend on an
assessment of specific facts and circumstances on the ground. Therefore, the United States Government is
expressing no view on the legal status of any individual settlement. The Israeli legal system affords an opportunity
to challenge settlement activity and assess humanitarian considerations connected to it. Israeli courts have confirmed the legality
of certain settlement activities and has concluded that others cannot be legally sustained. Second, we are not addressing or prejudging
the ultimate status of the West Bank. This is for the Israelis and the Palestinians
to negotiate. International law does not compel a particular
outcome, nor create any legal obstacle to a negotiated resolution. Third, the conclusion that we will no longer
recognize Israeli settlements as per se inconsistent with international law is based on the unique
facts, history, and circumstances presented by the establishment of civilian settlements
in the West Bank. Our decision today does not prejudice or decide
legal conclusions regarding situations in any other parts of the world. And finally – finally – calling the establishment
of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law hasn’t worked. It hasn’t advanced the cause of peace. The hard truth is there will never be a judicial
resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and wrong as a matter of
international law will not bring peace. This is a complex political problem that can
only be solved by negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The United States remains deeply committed
to helping facilitate peace, and I will do everything I can to help this cause. The United States encourages the Israelis
and the Palestinians to resolve the status of Israeli settlements in the West Bank in
any final status negotiations. And further, we encourage both sides to find
a solution that promotes, protects the security and welfare of Palestinians and Israelis alike. Turning now to Hong Kong, the United States
is gravely concerned by the deepening political unrest and violence in Hong Kong, including
the standoff between protesters and police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and other
campuses. We have repeatedly called for restraint from
all parties in Hong Kong. Violence by any side is unacceptable. The Hong Kong Government bears primary responsibility
for bringing calm to Hong Kong. Unrest and violence cannot be resolved by
law enforcement efforts alone. The government must take clear steps to address
public concerns. In particular, we call on Chief Executive
Carrie Lam to promote accountability by supplementing the Independent Police Complaints Council
review with an independent investigation into the protest-related incidents. As the United States Government has said repeatedly,
the Chinese Communist Party must honor its promises to the Hong Kong people, who only
want the freedoms and liberties that they have been promised in the Sino-British Joint
Declaration, a UN-filed treaty. And finally, Bolivia. The Bolivian Government announced Friday the
expulsion of hundreds of Cuban officials from their country. It was the right thing to do. Cuba wasn’t sending doctors and officials
to Bolivia to help the Bolivian people, but rather, to prop up a pro-Cuba regime headed
by Evo Morales, who sought to maintain his grip on power through electoral fraud. Bolivia now joins Brazil and Ecuador in recognizing
the Cuban threat to freedom. In each case, these governments, free of outside
interference, have acted to protect their own national sovereignty and to defend their
own citizens’ interests. Bravo, Bolivia. I’m happy to take a couple of questions.

25 thoughts on “Secretary Pompeo Remarks to the Press

  1. If you want to earn money from China, you must kow tow to CCP. Look at your news media, your politicians, your businessmen, Wall street, Youtube, Hollywood, NBA… bla bla bla just too many kow towsss.
    You Westerner folks don't know how much the Great CCP has penetrated to every parts of the Western World in the past 20 years.
    Sooner or later, the Great CCP will destroy your democracy, human rights, freedoms, bla bla bla. Then the Great CCP can get your own police force to shoot you and get back all the money CCP given to you with fat interest, just like what has been happening in Hong Kong.
    Democracy, human rights, freedoms bla bla are just too fragile compared to greed, selfishness, stupidity, laziness, money and sex.
    Am I correct?

  2. Boa tarde, por favor, mantenham sempre ativada a opção de legenda ao postar os vídeos, assim os canais estrangeiros que tem interesse em divulgar a notícia poderão faze-la da melhor forma, com tradução. E assim teremos melhor clareza do assunto. Obrigado.

  3. There is no need to say that the best economical partners and allies for the US in the Middle East are Iran without the regime of the Islamic Republic and Israel!

  4. Thank you Secretary Pompeo
    President Trump and You keep opening the new Great Peace Era in Korea, middle east and all over the world
    We thank you for your hard efforts …
    God bless Secretary Pompeo
    God bless America

  5. What BS…."helping Irak" !!! USA destroyed Irak to then contract out the "rebuilding". Which, btw, is actually 'privatizing' and 'selling to foreign interests'. The Irakians are shut out of their own rebuilding which means, no jobs. This kind of behavior only angers the people and feeds extremism USA + CIA × warmachine ÷ good ol' lying = disaster capitalism……. READ NAOMIE KLEIN THE SHOCK DOCTRINE…..it's all in there. Stop letting these lying liars who lie continue to fool you!!!

  6. Schools, hospitals, waterplants…..bs. The rich areas have been rebuilt while the poor and everyday joes in Irak don't have water, electricity, schools etc. Hamas has helped the people, (and gets new members, right??!) NOT the USA

  7. OMFG what a hypocrite!!!!!! "Get the people who are doing wrong to the Irakien people holy wowzer this guy is spreading LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Wow and what a spin on Bolivia!!! The new (corporatist right wing) gov has thrown out cubans and is now like Brazil and Ecuador (corporatist, rw gov) holy cow the planet is going to hell on a crazy train filled with, lying, hate-filled, rightwing world bullies!!!!! If there is a heaven, none of those mofos will be there…my they rot in hell for the damage they've done

  9. Legal avenues often get purposefully stalled…which is how America started and why riots and uprisings against governments happen.

  10. See some people asking him stand with the Hong Kong protestors. He can't support his own staff! His diplomatic corps!! He threw Marie Yovanovitch under the bus!!! He is a spinless coward and a yes man to the President.

  11. We Iranian people are agree with USA sanctions on terrorist Islamic republic regime…
    We want freedom and friendly relationship with all countries such as Israel and USA ✌️✌️✌️✌️
    Please support Iranian protesters with providing internet…
    People need to communicate with outside world

  12. Its none of US business regarding to Hong Kong, Pompeo you should watch out for your own ass, the world knows you commit "obstruction of justice" and it's a serious crime.

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