Washington, DC - Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose will travel to Bucharest, Romania; Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; and London, United Kingdom from December 12–16 for meetings and events focused on international security, arms control, and strategic stability.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the government and people of Burkina Faso on the 56th anniversary of your nation’s independence.

Washington, DC - President Obama spoke today by phone with President Francois Hollande of France to offer his appreciation for their close partnership since President Hollande took office in 2012. 

Washington, DC - The United States is concerned by the prosecution and sentencing in Hungary of Ahmed Hamed, a Syrian native involved in clashes between police and asylum-seekers near the town of Roszke at the Hungary-Serbia border in September 2015, based on a broad interpretation of what constitutes “terrorism.”

Washington, DC - A humanitarian disaster is taking place before our very eyes. Some 200,000 civilians, including many children, in eastern Aleppo are cut off from food and medicine supplies. Aleppo is being subjected to daily bombings and artillery attacks by the Syrian regime, supported by Russia and Iran. Hospitals and schools have not been spared. Rather, they appear to be the targets of attack in an attempt to wear people down.

Washington, DC - Special Representative for North Korea Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan Joseph Yun will travel to Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) December 7-14 to attend a trilateral meeting in Seoul among the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and Japan and to meet with senior Japanese and ROK officials.