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tv   Secretary of State Pompeo Delivers Remarks  CSPAN  March 16, 2019 6:15am-6:30am EDT

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highest function is narrowing the field. the top three finishers in the caucus can move on. >> join us on book tv as we speak to local authors. sunday, american history tv. we explore the american story. >> secretary of state mike pompeo spoke to reporters about the mosque attack in new zealand. the u.s. north korean nuclear negotiations and actions in afghanistan. this is 15 minutes. >> good morning, everyone.
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today, i would like to make brief remarks on two important policy issues, but first, i want to offer my personal condolences to the nation of new zealand in the wake of the grotesque mosque attacks in christchurch. my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families today. my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families today. the united states condemns this hateful assault. we pledge our unwavering solidarity with the people of new zealand in this hour of darkness and we stand ready to offer any and all assistance. i would like to comment about pending support for the saudi-led coalition fighting in yemen. we all want this conflict to end. we want to improve the dire humanitarian situation. the trump administration fundamentally disagrees curbing our assistance in the saudi led coalition is the way to achieve these goals.
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the senators who voted aye say they want to end the bombing in yemen and support human rights. but we need to think about whose human rights. if you truly care about you many -- yemeni lives you would , support the effort to stop yemen from turning into a puppet state of the corrupt state of iran. you would want to stop iran from launching missiles into riyadh. if you care about arab lives, you would support allied efforts to prevent iran from extending its authoritarian rule from tehran to the military and see and on down to yemen. if we care about the american lives and the livelihoods of people all around the world you , would understood iran cannot control shipping lanes that abutt yemen. we are deeply aware of the humanitarian crisis in yemen. we deplore it. the united states has given more than $2 billion to help the yemeni people.
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saudi arabia has given over $500 million in 2018 alone and has pledged an additional $500 million this year. the islamic republic of iran has provided zero dollars for humanitarian assistance. the way to alleviate the yemeni people's suffering is not to prolong the conflict by handicapping our partners in the fight, but by giving the coalition to support needed to defeat iranian-backed rebels and ensure it just peace. we met with martin griffiths yesterday. we hope agreements can be implemented to deescalate, but we must make sure this crisis comes to an end. second item i want to talk about today is the international criminal court. in a speech last year in brussels, i made clear the administration believes reforming international institutions, refocusing them on their core missions and holding them accountable when they fail
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to serve the people that they purport to help. we seek to partner with responsible nations to make sure the international body honors the principles of liberty, sovereignty and the rule of law. nationstates come together to form these institutions and it's only with their consent that these institutions exist. since 1998, the united states has declined to join the icc because of their broad , unaccountable prosecutorial powers and the threat they pose to american national sovereignty. we are determined to protect the american military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation. we fear the court can pursue politically motivated persecutions of americans. in november of 2017, the icc prosecutor requested approval to
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initiate investigations into "the situation in afghanistan" that could illegitimately target american personnel. in september of 2018, the trump administration warned the icc if it tried to pursue an investigation of americans, there would be consequences. i understand that the prosecutor's requests for information remains pending. thus today, persistent to existing legal authority to post visa restrictions on any alien whose proposed activities in the united states would have potentially serious adverse important policy consequences i'm announcing a policy of u.s. , visa restrictions on those individuals responsible for any icc investigation of u.s. personnel. this includes persons who take or have taken action to request or further such an investigation. these visa restrictions may also
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be used to deter icc personnel from prosecuting allied personnel without consent. implementation of this policy has already begun. under u.s. law individual visa , records are confidential. i will not provide details as to who has been affected and who will be affected. you should know, if you're responsible for the proposed icc investigation of u.s. personnel in connection with the situation in afghanistan, you should not assume you will still have or will get a visa, or that you will be permitted to enter the united states. the united states will implement these measures consistent with applicable law, including our obligations under the united nations. these visa restrictions will not be the end of our efforts. we are prepared to take additional steps, including economic sanctions if the icc does not change its course. the first and highest obligation of our government is to protect
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its citizens, and this administration will carry out that duty. america's enduring commitment to the rule of law, accountability and justice is the envy of the world, and it is at the core of our country's success. when our service members fail to adhere to our strict code of military conduct, they are reprimanded, court-martialed, and sentenced if that is what is deserved. the u.s. government, where possible, takes actions against those responsible for international crimes. the united states directs foreign aid to strengthen foreign nations domestic justice since systems. justice systems. united states supports international hybrid legal mechanisms when they operate effectively and are consistent with our national interest. these would include the mechanism handling rwanda and yugoslav atrocities and
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international evidence collection activities in syria and burma. the icc is attacking america's rule of law. it is not too late to change course and we urge them to do so immediately. thank you. >> the secretary has time for a few questions. associated press. reporter: very briefly on the icc decision, are you doing this because they have not closed for -- closed or dropped the pending afghanistan investigation, or is there some other reason? secondly i'm wondering if you , had a chance to see and if you could respond to what the north korean deputy foreign minister said overnight about the u.s. giving up a golden opportunity by walking away in hanoi and blaming you personally and mr. bolton for creating this atmosphere of hostility. sec. pompeo: with respect to the reason for the actions we are taking today, it is part of a continued effort to convince the
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icc to change course with his -- with its potential investigations and potential prosecutions of americans for their activities and our allie'' activities in afghanistan. stop them trying to prevent them from taking actions that are deeply inconsistent in our view with the course of action that has been laid out, even though we are not members. that is a model we have talked about before. we are implementing what we have already said we would do. i did have a chance to see the remarks overnight. in singapore, after a great deal of work, the leaders came together and began a course of action which has led to the toughest sanctions that have existed against north korea. global sanctions. un security council resolution sanctions that remain in effect. the demands of those sanctions are the complete denuclearization of north korea. the missiles and weapons systems
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the entire wmd program. , that is the requirement laid out by the united nations security council. the leaders met. chairman kim made a commitment to denuclearize. we continued to work to deliver on that. we had hostages returned. we have stopped missile testing and nuclear testing. we are hopeful that we can continue to have conversations and negotiations. i saw the remarks she made. she left open the possibility that negotiations would continue. it is the administration's desire we continue to have conversations around this. as the president said when he was in hanoi, the offer they made simply did not rise to the level that is acceptable, given what they were asking for an -- in exchange. reporter: just a quick follow-up on north korea what is , the next step? he also hinted kim jong-un would
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make a statement possibly lifting the moratorium on tests. secondly the human rights , ambassador said on wednesday removing the word "occupation" from the west bank was not a policy change. we know that israel is afraid of iran and hezbollah threatening israel. from the syrian side. in your view does that , strengthen the israeli case for annexing the occupied area? sec. pompeo: i don't have anything to add about the change in language. it is characterized properly. there is a real risk. the proxies in the region, in southern syria and the golan heights are presenting risks to the israelis and we have made clear the israelis have a right to defend themselves. with respect to what was said about chairman kim potentially considering ending a moratorium, i can say only this. in hanoi, on multiple occasions , he spoke directly to the president and made a commitment
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that he would not resume nuclear testing, nor would he resume missile testing. that is chairman kim's word and we have every expectation that he will live up to that commitment. reporter: the state department this week has said talks are continuing with north korea. on what level are they continuing? sec. pompeo: i will not tell you about the negotiations that are ongoing. i have been consistent on that. reporter: say what level they continue on does not necessarily give anything away. this announcement, did this come out of left field from your point of view? on the icc, you mentioned this was being implemented. can you give us a number or an assessment of how many people will immediately be affected by sanctions? sec. pompeo: no. >> last question. washington post. reporter: do you think the attack made by the north koreans will hamper your ability to
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continue negotiations? do you think you will have to pull back in some way, because they clearly flatly accused you of creating an atmosphere of mistrust and hostility. sec. pompeo: first, they are wrong about that. i was there. my relationship was professional. we had detailed conversations. i expect we will continue to do that. it is the counterpart that the north koreans have before it for me -- it is not the first time. i have a vague recollection of being called gangster like one time previously. following that, we continued to have professional conversation s where we worked to represent our respective sides. i have every expectation we will be able to continue to do that. thank you all. have a good day. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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