Full Committee Hearing: An Update on American Diplomacy to Advance our National Security Strategy (Excerpts)

July 25, 2018

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Senate Foreign Relations Committee  

Good afternoon, Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Menendez, and distinguished members.

Thank you for the opportunity to brief you today. During my confirmation hearing you asked me to work on a host of world problems – so I did. In the last few weeks I’ve been engaged on three areas of great importance to SFRC members: North Korea, NATO, and Russia.

Our diplomacy on these issues is advancing the goals of President Trump’s National Security Strategy, which laid down guiding principles for American foreign policy in December. In late April, I started executing on the strategy as Secretary of State.

And today in July I present to you the progress we are making. 

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On Iran, President Trump has said that “Iran is not the same country it was five months ago.” That’s because our campaign of financial pressure, our withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and our full-throated support for the Iranian people, which I articulated in a speech this past Sunday, are having an impact.