Today, Thursday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price made statements on Russia, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, the Iranian nuclear file, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Yemeni war and the crisis in Syria.
While he spoke with a strong tone towards some countries, he chose to calm down when talking about a second party, and he welcomed developments in dealing with a third party.
Regarding Iran, Ned Price said that his country welcomes the meeting that will be held tomorrow between Tehran and the world powers that have signed the agreement.
As for Russia, he warned it against “intimidating” Ukraine, and said, “We are completely concerned about the recent escalation of Russia’s hostile and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine. What we oppose are hostile steps aimed at intimidating and threatening our partner Ukraine.”
On North Korea, Price said that denuclearization will remain a pillar of the US policy towards North Korea, and any approach that Washington takes toward Pyongyang must be “in agreement” with close allies, including Japan and South Korea.
Regarding Syria, the US spokesman said, “We are not trying to engineer regime change in Syria, but we will demand justice for the Syrian people who have suffered from Assad.”
In another file, he said, “We want to work with Saudi Arabia to end the war in Yemen, and we will continue to stand with it against the attacks that target it.”
“We are working with Riyadh to defend itself, and this includes threats from Yemen and others … Saudi Arabia is an important partner,” he added.
The US State Department spokesman said that his country’s envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, was meeting in Doha with the Afghan government and Taliban delegations to achieve progress in the peace negotiations.
On the Arab-Israeli conflict, Price said that Israel must stop activities that undermine the two-state solution, and he called on the Palestinians to stop “incitement to violence.”
He explained that Washington acknowledges that Israel occupied the West Bank and the Golan Heights in 1967.
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