Division Press Briefing – October 6, 2022

October 7, 2022


2:13 p.m. EDT

MR PATEL: Good afternoon, all people. And sorry that we’re working only a smidge tardy.

As I promised, we have now a particular visitor with us right now. At this time it’s my pleasure to introduce Ambassador-at-Massive for Our on-line world and Digital Coverage Nate Fick, who began only a couple weeks in the past and had his swearing-in ceremony earlier this week, on October 4th, simply in time to kick off Cyber Safety Consciousness Month.

Final 12 months and over the course of his tenure as Secretary of State, Secretary Blinken has laid out an formidable modernization agenda to assist the State Division lead within the coverage areas that may outline the approaching a long time. Our on-line world and digital coverage are on the prime of that checklist, and that is the arrival of our first-ever ambassador-at-large to steer our new Our on-line world and Digital Coverage Bureau. And it is a key milestone in delivering on the Secretary’s agenda.

Ambassador Fick was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, has a powerful and impeccable file of management in each the private and non-private sector, and is an skilled on many difficulty areas within the our on-line world and digital coverage arenas.

I’m happy to have him right here. He’s going to have some remarks for you, after which we’ll take just a few questions, earlier than he has to proceed on with some conferences all through the day. So Ambassador Fick, please. The ground is yours.

AMBASSADOR FICK: Thanks. Hello, all people. I don’t know in case you preserve it like this in right here to maintain you temporary or preserve me temporary, however it might have that impact. I hope all of us have our flu photographs. (Laughter.)

My identify’s Nate Fick. I’m the brand new ambassador-at-large main the Bureau for Our on-line world and Digital Coverage. And as you heard, it’s – that is my first week within the constructing. So I’ll play the brand new man card shamelessly.

The – I couldn’t be extra enthusiastic about this chance to steer State’s latest bureau, to steer a company targeted on integrating and elevating america strategy to expertise diplomacy with our companions and allies, and to uphold a imaginative and prescient for the way we are able to all use expertise to complement our lives and uphold democratic values.

I carry to this some private, visceral convictions. I used to be a Marine earlier in my profession, after school. I served in Afghanistan proper after 9/11 and in Iraq in 2003 and witnessed firsthand the prices when diplomacy fails. And so I’ve, once more, a robust visceral conviction within the intrinsic worth of diplomacy. I consider diplomacy needs to be our software of first resort in all issues. And cyber and digital coverage is the subsequent frontier of diplomacy. It’s not a silo; it’s not a set of points restricted to anyone bureau; it is a substrate that cuts throughout each side of our international coverage.

And Secretary Blinken and Deputy Secretary Sherman have made clear that that’s the case, that cyber and digital coverage isn’t the work of just one bureau, and we have to make an understanding of digital insurance policies a core piece of the division’s work and a core software within the kits of our diplomats at each stage.

So to succeed, we have to talk what we’re going to do within the public, and so I’m glad to have this chance to start to speak with all of you on my fourth day right here. So I anticipate finding new methods to focus on how we’re advancing this mission, and I’ll provide you with only one instance from my first 10 days of how cyber and digital points are already shaping the work of U.S. diplomacy. I used to be sworn in, acquired a passport, and acquired on a aircraft to Bucharest on three successive days to be able to work with our U.S. delegation there within the days working as much as the election final week for the secretary generalship of the Worldwide Telecommunication Union.

The ITU is 157-year-old group that’s chargeable for settings requirements that govern so many facets of telecom, together with issues like 5G and fiber optic networks. And we had a really sturdy American citizen as candidate for secretary-general, Doreen Bogdan-Martin, and she or he received a landslide victory over her Russian opponent: 139 votes to 25, which I feel offers her – we predict offers her a robust mandate now to embark on her four-year time period as secretary-general. And I do know that she’s going to do an exceptional job not solely as a result of she has the managerial and management expertise contained in the ITU, but in addition due to her dedication to connecting the unconnected, to closing digital divides, and advancing the precept of an open, interoperable, safe, dependable web for folks all all over the world.

So there’s quite a bit to do, clearly, from countering malicious cyber exercise and constructing resilience to selling investments in safe telecom infrastructure and ensuring that entry to the web is universally accessible in a method that advances human rights.

So I’m honored to work with an important crew of skilled diplomats within the bureau. I sit up for constructing the relationships with my interagency companions. I sit up for working with our companions and allies across the globe.

And with that, I’m completely satisfied to take just a few questions, so long as all of us can stand the temperature in right here.

MR PATEL: Okay. So the ambassador will take a pair questions. Alex, you wish to begin us off?

QUESTION: Thanks a lot, Ambassador. Thanks for being right here. Congratulations in your new gig.


QUESTION: A pair questions on Russia. How do you assess the chance of Russian cyber retaliation, ranging from Ukraine to the most recent instance of Russian-speaking, Kremlin-backed group attacking the U.S. states? Do you may have an evaluation on that and the place is the response (inaudible)?

AMBASSADOR FINK: Yeah. I feel once more, just a few days into this, I’ll need to preserve a few of my feedback on the stage of ideas. However I feel that the thought of extending deterrence into the cyber area is a crucial one throughout many aspects of American international coverage, together with Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.

I feel that the diploma of unity of objective throughout the NATO Alliance that we’re seeing is encouraging. Cyber deterrence is part of that. And it’s – to some extent it’s working, proper? We haven’t seen but a ton of lateral escalation utilizing cyber means exterior Ukraine by the Russians. Inside Ukraine is – one of many fascinating success tales of early days is the – type of the effectiveness of public-private partnerships on the bottom with software program distributors which have, in some instances, tons of of hundreds of thousands of techniques deployed in Ukraine and the suggestions loop between them and the U.S. Authorities on issues like risk intelligence sharing after which pushing patches out to techniques.

I lived this on the opposite facet of the desk within the personal sector for a very long time, and I’m not accustomed to seeing it work as easily and rapidly as it’s proper now. So I really feel like we’re studying at the very least on that entrance.

MR PATEL: Kylie, you had your hand up?

QUESTION: Yeah, simply two questions. Simply to comply with up on that, you talked about that deterrence is working in Ukraine in relation to any –

AMBASSADOR FICK: Deterrence is working exterior Ukraine.

QUESTION: Exterior Ukraine.

AMBASSADOR FICK: Deterrence is working in Europe and throughout the NATO Alliance.

QUESTION: Okay. And so do you assume that that deterrence is among the causes that we haven’t seen extra offensive cyber operations from Russia in Ukraine, or do you assume that that’s only a choice on their behalf when it comes to how they strategy this conflict?

AMBASSADOR FICK: So once more, Kylie, with apologies, type of on the stage of ideas, since I’m fairly new, I feel that there’s a strong deterrence framework that’s a part of the NATO Alliance, and I might attribute that, at the very least partly, for why there haven’t been widespread Russian cyber assaults exterior Ukraine.

Inside Ukraine, I feel that there really has been some significant diploma of malicious Russian cyber exercise, at the very least that they’ve tried. And I feel that one of many causes that it hasn’t had the influence that the Russians hoped it might have is due to this tight suggestions cycle that’s occurring between the software program distributors and {hardware} distributors who’ve stuff deployed in Ukraine and their partnership with the U.S. Authorities and the Ukrainian Authorities and NATO to convey that – to speed up that suggestions cycle.

QUESTION: And only one extra query. In terms of U.S. offensive cyber capabilities and operations, are you happy to see this administration engaged on what seems to be reining within the – reining in these cyber operations and the degrees of checks that they need to undergo on the U.S. facet earlier than they’re really in a position to be carried out in order that the State Division has extra visibility?

AMBASSADOR FICK: I feel that cyber operations are an necessary software of nationwide energy. I feel that stepping into any of the small print on that subject proper now could be a bit of bit past my scope within the first few days.


QUESTION: Thanks, Ambassador, and congrats. What can your bureau – what function can your bureau play in getting web entry to the Iranian folks, or is there something that your bureau can do with personal corporations or something to get web entry to the Iranians?

AMBASSADOR FICK: I feel there’s – I hope that there’s going to be quite a bit that we are able to do from an advocacy standpoint globally to advance our perception that the web is – web entry, entry to dependable, safe info – is one thing that each human being on Earth ought to have. It’s one of many ideas that Doreen is preventing for as – will combat for as secretary-general of the ITU. I feel there are a whole lot of ways in which we are able to operationalize that, and underneath my management I hope the bureau can be a robust advocate for it.

MR PATEL: Stated, after which Nike.

QUESTION: Ambassador Fick, congratulations. How does deterrence work? I imply, we all know how nuclear deterrents work. We – like this nation has so many weapons and the adversary has so many weapons, and so forth. However on this case, what, do you present them – such as you shut off a few of your adversary’s amenities and so forth to point out your functionality when it comes to deterrence?

AMBASSADOR FICK: I feel that there’s the previous adage that historical past doesn’t repeat itself but it surely rhymes. I feel that every little thing that we discovered about nuclear deterrence over the course of the Chilly Conflict doesn’t translate completely into this area, but it surely does rhyme. A few of the ideas stay the identical. There are distinctive challenges round attribution, as an example. The – we don’t have an array of satellites which might be monitoring missile launch plumes and in a position to verify in real-time the place they got here from, proper? That’s not how this area works.

Whenever you’re speaking a few cyber assault that’s bouncing by means of – launched by one nation and bounces by means of servers in six different nations earlier than it hits its goal, it turns into a tougher drawback. However once more, I feel that among the ideas which have served us effectively in historical past will proceed to serve us effectively: ideas like proportionality; ideas like noncombatant immunity; ideas like stating that it might not be solely cyber retribution, proper, that deterrence – actual deterrence – requires marshalling each ounce of our nationwide energy – informational energy, financial energy, diplomatic energy. So —

MR PATEL: Nike, go forward.

QUESTION: Thanks. Congratulations, Ambassador, and thanks for the briefing. As america – because the U.S. midterm election’s approaching, what are you seeing from Russia, China, and Iran so far as cyber campaigns concentrating on on the midterms? And are you seeing different nations or non-state actors which might be inflicting concern? Thanks.

AMBASSADOR FICK: So that is going to be a really near-term precedence for me – working with our interagency companions to keep up the safety of our elections and the elections in our allies and companions – however I’m not far sufficient alongside to have extra to say about it but.

MR PATEL: I feel the ambassador’s acquired time for yet another query. Sure, yet another – Abbie, go forward.

QUESTION: How assured are you within the safety of the State Division’s personal techniques, and can you be enterprise any effort to enhance the safety right here?

AMBASSADOR FICK: So my spouse requested me what number of days it might take earlier than any person on the division requested me to repair their printer. (Laughter.) And I assume the reply is 4. The – our workplace isn’t a part of the CIO or the IT store on the State Division, and so I simply don’t have any granular sense of the safety of the division’s personal networks. I’m sorry.

MR PATEL: Thanks a lot, all people, and thanks, Ambassador, for becoming a member of us. We admire it.

AMBASSADOR FICK: Okay, thanks very a lot.

MR PATEL: Okay. I’m completely satisfied to proceed on with a daily scheduled briefing for you all. I’m undecided the place our pal is, however Daphne, if you wish to begin us off.

QUESTION: If I may begin off with OPEC, President Biden has mentioned all choices are on the desk after the OPEC’s choice. Does this embrace arms exports to Saudi Arabia?

MR PATEL: Sorry, may you repeat that final a part of your query?

QUESTION: Does “all choices on the desk” embrace arms exports to Saudi Arabia, chopping these off?

MR PATEL: So I might take a bit of little bit of a step again right here and reiterate what our colleagues from the White Home and elsewhere have been saying as effectively, which is that this choice to chop manufacturing quotas is short-sighted, particularly given what’s going – what’s ongoing with the worldwide economic system on the time coping with the continued detrimental influence of the battle in Russia.

Clearly, if there’s a worth improve on account of OPEC’s choice, it should notably hit low- and middle-income nations. And yesterday’s announcement is a reminder of why it’s so important that the U.S. reduces its dependence and reliance on international sources of fossil gasoline, and with the Inflation Discount Act we’re making a historic funding right here at residence to speed up clear vitality – the clear vitality transition as effectively.

QUESTION: Are you able to say any extra about what choices the U.S. goes to take a look at to reply to this choice?

MR PATEL: I’m not going to preview any particular choices right here.   As you’ve heard many from throughout the interagency say, there’s – proceed to be plenty of instruments within the President and the administration’s software belt. In fact, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve launch, which the assertion from NEC Director Brian Deese and NSC Director Jake Sullivan yesterday alluded to. Additionally there proceed to be plenty of choices on the desk.

QUESTION: And only a technical query. Is MBS welcome in america?

MR PATEL: For – what do you imply?

QUESTION: Is MBS, Mohammed bin Salman, welcome within the U.S.? Like, is he in a position to journey to america if he desires to?

MR PATEL: I’m – visa data are confidential, so I don’t have something to supply on that particularly. However – so I don’t have anything to supply on that proper now.

QUESTION: Are you able to – sorry, simply on the response, you’ve seen calls from some members of Congress for a reasonably dramatic slashing of U.S. cooperation with the Saudis in response to this. I’m sorry, did you handle half that I —

MR PATEL: No, no, no.

QUESTION: Okay. By way of withdrawing all U.S. safety forces and personnel and tools from Saudi Arabia.

MR PATEL: Yeah. Thanks, Matt.

QUESTION: Is that – are these options good ones? Do you –

MR PATEL: So we have now no plans to try this in the meanwhile. As you noticed –

QUESTION: No plans to do what? Sorry.

MR PATEL: To withdraw arms or the – as you so indicated in your query. What I reiterate – and also you noticed Secretary Blinken communicate to this on his travels – is that we have now a multiplicity of pursuits with reference to Saudi Arabia. The President and the Secretary laid these out fairly clear throughout their travels over the summer season, and these priorities embrace every little thing from regional relationships, from enhancing relations between Arab nations and Israel, Saudi Arabia’s function in Yemen, the place we’re working with them very carefully to attempt to proceed the truce, and plenty of different points that had been mirrored through the President and the Secretary’s travels over the summer season. And we’re working each single day to the very best of our skill to make sure that vitality provide from internationally meets the demand indicators that we’re seeing throughout the market proper now.

QUESTION: So this concept is a non-starter from the administration’s place?

MR PATEL: I merely – we have now no plans to take such actions. When you’re chatting with particular laws, I’m not going to get forward of Congress or laws that’s nonetheless pending. However in response as to if we intend to take such actions, I’ve nothing to learn out on that proper now.

QUESTION: Only a temporary follow-up.

MR PATEL: Positive, Stated.

QUESTION: Have there been any high-level dialog with the Saudis, between American – high-level Individuals and Saudi officers within the final 24 to 48 hours on this difficulty?

MR PATEL: I’ve no – I’ve no particular —

QUESTION: (Inaudible.)

MR PATEL: Positive, positive. I’ve no particular conferences to learn out. However clearly Saudi Arabia is a crucial regional companion, as I mentioned, over the course of a multiplicity of points. And so we’re in contact with them on plenty of vary of things at common intervals. However I don’t have any particular conferences to learn out.

Anything on this subject earlier than we transfer away?

QUESTION: Only one final one.

MR PATEL: Positive.

QUESTION: Yeah. I imply, are you able to simply handle the – I feel the gist of the criticism coming from the Hill is that america and Saudi Arabia have all the time had this relationship whereby the U.S. offers safety ensures, and the Saudis present the oil. And a whole lot of the critics are saying that this was a kind of betrayal of that. And what can be your response to these criticisms?

MR PATEL: Effectively, I might say that that may be a very black-and-white description and never indicative of the totality of our bilateral relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As I mentioned when answering Matt and Daphne’s query, we have now a multiplicity of pursuits with regard to Saudi Arabia.

In fact, a chunk of these is an vitality relationship, however there’s additionally a safety relationship, and we talked about a whole lot of these points over the President and the Secretary’s travels over the summer season. And like I mentioned, there’s a regional safety element; there’s the side of enhancing relations between Arab nations and Israel. Saudi Arabia performs an necessary function in Yemen, the place we’re persevering with to work with them to increase the truce. So we have now a multiplicity of pursuits because it pertains to Saudi Arabia.


QUESTION: Yeah. Can we change to North Korea?

MR PATEL: Positive.

QUESTION: On Tuesday, you mentioned the U.S. was assessing the precise nature of North Korea’s current ballistic missiles launch. Is there a conclusion from that already? After which do you may have extra to share with us on U.S. actions? And are sanctions working to discourage North Korea from extra ballistic missiles launches? Thanks.

MR PATEL: Positive, Nike. So once more, we’re nonetheless assessing the precise nature of the latest launch, which I’ll reiterate posed an unacceptable risk to the area. And to take a step again, we, once more, condemn the DPRK’s October fifth ballistic missile launch. This launch, together with the a number of different launches over the course of this week and in September, are a really clear violation of a number of UN Safety Council resolutions and pose a direct risk to the DPRK’s neighbors and the worldwide neighborhood.

By way of particular actions, I don’t have actions to preview for you, however I’ll word that the U.S. has responded to those. I’ll let my colleagues on the Pentagon communicate to those in additional element, however we nearly instantly took half in navy workout routines with our allies in Korea and our allies in Japan. The USS Ronald Reagan is within the area for this precise purpose. And naturally, we proceed to have plenty of instruments in our toolbelt – sanctions, different issues – to proceed to carry the regime accountable. However I don’t have any particular actions to preview, however america is monitoring and watching carefully and able to take extra motion as effectively.

QUESTION: Okay. However one of many – one of many —

QUESTION: Choose up on North Korea?

MR PATEL: One second.

QUESTION: One of many issues with North Korea has been that they – you – that – now with North Korea is that previously you may have managed to get a world consensus. You talked about the Safety Council resolutions that they’re in violation of; all these had been previous.

However yesterday, we noticed a state of affairs the place the Russians and the Chinese language blocked any type of significant motion. Are you in any respect hindered in attempting to get the North Koreans again to the negotiating desk by the place that the Russians and the Chinese language are taking, or do you assume that you would be able to – actions that you simply take by yourself or in live performance together with your – with allies might be sufficient to do it?

MR PATEL: Effectively, first, to echo our UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on Russia and China’s actions through the Safety Council assembly yesterday, that was clearly deeply disappointing. And we noticed the very unfastened use of rhetoric that the DPRK’s actions had been provoked or one thing to that impact. That clearly and positively isn’t the case.

However, look, Matt, to take a bit of little bit of a much bigger step again, our objective right here nonetheless stays the entire denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and dialogue with the DPRK with out preconditions continues to be, in our viewpoint, a chunk to that puzzle, and so we’re going to proceed to pursue these issues. Nonetheless, we are also going to proceed to carry the DPRK accountable by means of actions at our multilateral establishments and different actions in any other case. I don’t have something to preview, however once more, we have now been reacting and we’ve been taking motion to this immediately.


QUESTION: I’m questioning if the administration expects that North Korea will perform a nuclear check earlier than the tip of the 12 months as a result of administration officers had been very clear in saying it was attainable that they may very well be getting ready for one when the President was in Asia earlier this 12 months. They didn’t really perform a nuclear check. Do you assume it’ll occur earlier than the tip of the 12 months?

MR PATEL: Like I mentioned, I – we’re nonetheless assessing the precise nature, and I don’t have a brand new or completely different evaluation to supply from right here. However I feel the larger factor is that we, once more, condemn these very destabilizing and unsafe actions that we’re seeing come from the DPRK over the course of this week.

QUESTION: And only one extra query.

MR PATEL: Positive.

QUESTION: Do you assume that this extremely excessive variety of missile checks this 12 months may very well be a tactic by North Korea to attempt to get you guys to concentrate and truly interact in talks?

MR PATEL: Effectively, we have now regularly at nearly each interval wherein this query has come to Ned or myself or others from the State Division – even non‑spokespeople – we’ve been fairly clear that we proceed to affirm that dialogue with the DPRK with out preconditions continues to be a tenet of our strategy in relation to the denuclearization of the peninsula. So the supply is on the market.

Anything on the area earlier than we transfer away?

QUESTION: A follow-up on that?

MR PATEL: Abby, go forward.

QUESTION: Given the escalation, clearly, and what’s been in occurring in current weeks, is there any consideration of re-evaluating the coverage, the technique that you’ve got been enterprise and maybe taking a look at a higher-level – providing a higher-level assembly that – maybe that had taken place prior to now administration?

MR PATEL: I don’t have any conferences or any type of engagement like that to preview, however I’ll – to the highest of your query, our place on diplomacy and dialogue because it pertains to our objective of the entire denuclearization of the peninsula has not modified, and that continues to be very a lot on the desk.

Anything on the area earlier than we transfer away?

QUESTION: Yeah. So on conferences – talking of conferences, studies from South Korea is saying that the U.S., Japan, and South Korea have agreed to have a trilateral assembly in Tokyo this month. Would Deputy Secretary Sherman attend the trilateral assembly?

MR PATEL: Thanks, Nike. I don’t have any conferences or any trilateral engagement particularly to announce, however as I famous earlier on this week, senior officers from not simply this constructing however throughout the interagency have been in shut contact with their counterparts, not simply in – inside the Republic of Korea, however Japan as effectively. And our protection and our dedication to them is ironclad, however I don’t have any potential different conferences to learn out.

Shannon, you had your hat up – hand up for some time.


MR PATEL: Go forward.

QUESTION: I’ve two questions. First on North Korea, that repeated supply for open engagement, I used to be questioning, simply level of readability, are you able to say that the course of this administration – have you ever ever acquired any suggestions from Pyongyang immediately, any communication?

And second, the CIA reportedly started distributing compensation to victims of Havana Syndrome in August. We all know the State Division is engaged in an identical program. Do you may have any updates on that rollout?

MR PATEL: Positive. Let me take your first query first. So once more, I’m not going to learn out particular diplomatic engagements or a particular forwards and backwards, however at each interval, we’ve made clear that dialogue with out preconditions continues to be our perception and, frankly, our precedence. And we have now plenty of officers working immediately with our allies and companions within the area to proceed to work in the direction of that objective.

After which in your second query, I do have an replace for you. Simply give me one second. So I’m happy to report that as of September thirtieth, the division has accredited the primary tranche of requests for cost in accordance to the HAVANA Act. We’re reviewing different requests, and we’ll proceed to take action as they’re acquired. We’re processing these funds and processing these issues as expeditiously as attainable, however I don’t have another specifics to supply on that proper now.

Anything —

QUESTION: You may’t say how a lot State’s doled out?

MR PATEL: I don’t have another specifics or assessments to supply on that proper now.

QUESTION: Are these diplomats from – had been they affected in several nations or in the identical place?

MR PATEL: So I don’t have extra specifics to supply presently, however I can see if we’ve acquired extra metrics that we are able to present to you.

Alex, go forward.

QUESTION: Thanks, Vedant. Let me – two questions. Let me get a response to Putin’s saying seizure of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant? Ukraine, after all, considers {that a} nuclear blackmail. What’s the U.S.’s response to that? And I’ve one other query on South Caucasus.

MR PATEL: Effectively, similar to – to take a bit of little bit of a step again, Zaporizhzhia belongs to Ukraine, the facility plant belongs to Ukraine, and the electrical energy and the vitality that it produces rightly belongs to Ukraine. President Putin has completely no authority to take over an influence plant overseas and a chunk of paper issued by him or his authorities definitely doesn’t change that reality both.

QUESTION: Thanks a lot. A second query on – as you understand, in Prague right now, there was so many necessary occasions for South Caucasus: assembly between Turkey and Armenia, so – additionally assembly between Armenia and Azerbaijan. What’s the State Division’s response? What do you count on from these conferences? And general, what’s your expectations?

MR PATEL: So I really – I’m going to need to comply with up with you on that one and get again to you. I assumed I had an replace, however I’m mistaken.

QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

QUESTION: Can I ask Azerbaijan —

MR PATEL: Maintain on. Let’s keep within the area. John, you had your hand up.

QUESTION: This fascinating AP story that got here out that “Two Russians fleeing navy service take boat to succeed in distant Alaska island and search asylum in america,” any response to those asylum requests by the 2 Russians?

MR PATEL: We’re conscious of these studies, however I might refer you to DHS, which is chargeable for managing arrivals at U.S. ports of entry.


QUESTION: I wish to change subject.

MR PATEL: Positive. Go forward. Oh, go forward.

QUESTION: Effectively, this will get again to the query that had been raised in a hypothetical sense. Would america – and also you guys have a job as a result of folks don’t essentially have to point out up on a distant Aleutian island and even anywhere within the U.S. They’ll go to an embassy and request asylum. So what’s your understanding? Is fleeing conscription or Russian fleeing conscription from an unpopular conflict grounds for asylum? What’s the —

MR PATEL: That will be for the Division of Homeland Safety to find out —

QUESTION: No, as a result of, I imply, the State Division —

MR PATEL: — which adjudicates these requests, Matt.

QUESTION: Yeah. As soon as they get right here, sure, they do, however you guys need to make an preliminary choice if somebody reveals up in an embassy. So these folks didn’t present up in an embassy, proper? They confirmed up on, what, Attu or one thing like that, some Aleutian island? However presumably, there can be others who might search asylum at embassies or consulates in Europe. So there should be a coverage – an administration-wide coverage that might apply to State and DHS about whether or not that is authentic grounds for granting asylum – to say asylum.

MR PATEL: On the adjudication of asylum, wherever it originates, that’s finally a DHS choice. As you word, there are a variety of authorized pathways to finally get standing in america. A few of these equities are inside the State Division, others just like the refugee programming system that falls inside State. I don’t have any new assessments to supply, however the adjudication of asylum claims occurred on a case-by-case foundation and so they stay within the auspices of the Division of Homeland Safety.


QUESTION: Thanks. On the Palestinian difficulty, earlier right now, the Israeli military raided a village referred to as Deir al-Hatab, east of Nablus. They killed a younger man, 21-year-old Alaa Zaghal, however additionally they injured two Palestinian journalists, two with the Palestine TV, Mahmoud Fawzy and Louay Samhan. Are you conscious of this case? Though they had been dressed and clearly marked “press” markings.

MR PATEL: Yeah, thanks on your query, Stated. So this administration has not shied away from voicing assist for the liberty of the press and the flexibility for journalists to freely train that proper with out worry. We urge Israelis and Palestinian officers to work cooperatively to decrease tensions and emphasize the significance of sustaining stability within the West Financial institution.

QUESTION: Let me simply – a fast follow-up on the visa waiver. Are you able to replace us on the standing of the visa waiver for Israelis?

MR PATEL: I don’t have any updates to supply on this presently, however I’m completely satisfied to examine to see if we have now something we are able to share.

Nick, within the again.

QUESTION: On Syria, final evening U.S. forces carried out a raid there, killing an ISIS chief. That comes weeks after SDF forces did a counter-ISIS operation on the al-Hol displaced individuals’ camp.

So two questions on final evening’s raid: Was there any kind of State-CT coordination that you would be able to touch upon? After which is State involved nonetheless that the al-Hol camp may very well be a breeding floor for ISIS?

MR PATEL: On the primary a part of your query, I’m not conscious of something, and I might refer you to my colleagues on the Pentagon to talk particularly in regards to the strike. And because it pertains to your second query on the jail camp, our evaluation has not modified.

Guita, you’ve had your hand up for a minute.

QUESTION: Sure, thanks. However on right now —

QUESTION: And that – sorry.

QUESTION: Go forward.

QUESTION: And that evaluation is what?

MR PATEL: That it may – nonetheless has the potential to be a supply of terror and battle.

Go forward, Guita.

QUESTION: Thanks. At this time the Biden administration introduced a second set of sanctions in opposition to the Iranian safety forces because it pertains to the demonstrations. What’s the Biden administration doing on the worldwide stage? Do you assume it’s befitting that the Islamic Republic of Iran has a seat on the Fee on the Standing of Girls on the UN?

MR PATEL: Effectively, Guita, we proceed to interact with our allies and companions not simply within the area however internationally and are calling for very dire condemnation of the violent crackdowns that we’re seeing on the protests in Iran. As you so famous, we took motion right now by newly designating seven people throughout Iran’s authorities for his or her function in perpetrating violence in opposition to peaceable protesters and their crackdown on human rights. I’m clearly not in a position to communicate to efforts by different nations, however different nations are persevering with to take their very own efforts to carry the Iranian regime accountable, and we after all welcome that. And we’re doing so in shut coordination and dialogue with them as effectively.

QUESTION: Is downgrading different nations’ relations with Iran one thing that you’d think about asking the U.S. allies?

MR PATEL: I don’t have any new evaluation or new perception to supply on that.

QUESTION: Can I comply with up?

MR PATEL: Positive. Roj, go forward.

QUESTION: So the sanctions – earlier President Biden introduced that there can be sanctions this week. Was the sanctions that we noticed right now, is that each one of these, or will there – be there extra sanctions? And likewise, how do you measure if the sanctions are working, if they’re slowing down the crackdown, and is there some kind of – how do you measure that?

MR PATEL: Effectively, first, Roj, I after all am not going to rule in or rule out the – any potential motion. We after all proceed to have plenty of instruments at our disposal to carry the Iranian regime accountable. The actions outlined right now had been, after all, a follow-up to President Biden’s assertion earlier this week.

However because it pertains to influence, look, what we’re seeing is worldwide condemnation and additional isolation of the Iranian regime as a direct results of their violent crackdowns on these protests, of their crackdowns on what the U.S. believes are primary human rights, primary dignity, for that matter. And so our actions, in addition to the actions of our allies and companions, are persevering with to have an impact.

Abby, go forward.

QUESTION: Totally different topic?

MR PATEL: Positive.

QUESTION: Do you may have any touch upon the mass capturing assault that occurred in Thailand?

MR PATEL: So we’re deeply saddened by the tragedy in Nong Bua Lamphu province, the place a shooter took the lives of almost 40 folks, together with 24 youngsters. We stand with the folks of Thailand, our companions within the area, and lengthen our deepest condolences to those that have misplaced their family members right now. The U.S. is able to help our Thai allies within the wake of this horrible tragedy, and we proceed to interact with not simply our embassy there however the authorities as effectively and any supply – and any help that america might be able to present.

QUESTION: Do you may have any concept what sort of help that may be?

MR PATEL: I don’t. I don’t have any specifics to supply presently. This clearly simply occurred earlier right now. However it’s one thing we’re paying shut consideration to, and our ideas and condolences exit to the Thai folks.

Within the again there.

QUESTION: Thanks. So President Duda of Poland has advised in a interview lately that there are ongoing talks with the U.S. about together with Poland within the nuclear sharing program. Are you able to affirm that or increase on that?

And likewise, secondly, President Biden appeared to recommend right now that he may meet with President Putin in November through the G20, which might be a fairly large break from the present coverage, and so is that on the playing cards and why? In that case, why the coverage change?

MR PATEL: Okay. So first, because it pertains to your to your query on Poland, I wish to take a step again and word that Poland is a crucial NATO Ally within the area. However because it pertains to this particular request, we aren’t conscious of this particular merchandise being raised. And I can say that america has no plans to deploy a nuclear weapon on NATO member territory that had joined NATO post-1997.

Because it pertains to the second a part of your query, I’ll let the White Home communicate to any of President Biden’s engagements. However I feel the one factor that you’ve got seen be fairly clear from throughout the interagency, together with from the White Home, is that it can’t be enterprise as normal in relation to Russia. And that has been clear in all of our engagements with our Russian counterparts that it can’t be enterprise as normal within the wake of their flagrant and illegal and unjust infringing on Ukraine’s territorial integrity and their sovereignty as effectively.

QUESTION: Simply to make clear, does the administration nonetheless consider that Putin shouldn’t be half even so long as he wages a conflict on Ukraine?

MR PATEL: Like I mentioned, this isn’t – this shouldn’t be enterprise as normal. Our place has not modified.

Within the again.

QUESTION: We are able to go to North Korea briefly?

MR PATEL: Positive.

QUESTION: The truth that North Korea launches so many missiles signifies that North Korea is able to producing that many missiles. So how do U.S. assess the present state of the North Korean nuclear functionality? And the way can, with allies, cease these productions of missiles by sanctions?

MR PATEL: Effectively, I feel, to take a bit of little bit of a step again, like I mentioned, we’re nonetheless assessing the precise nature, and I don’t have any extra insights to supply on functionality. However once more, it is a clear violation of a number of UN Safety Council resolutions, and we proceed to have plenty of instruments accessible in our toolbelt to carry the DPRK accountable – each by means of U.S. Authorities efforts, but in addition persevering with to work by means of our multilateral establishments as effectively.

Go forward.

QUESTION: Sure. On Lebanon, please.

MR PATEL: Positive.

QUESTION: Israel rejected right now the Lebanese request so as to add adjustments to the draft deal. Does the State Division have any response to this refusal?

MR PATEL: Positive. Thanks on your query. So Particular Presidential Coordinator Amos Hochstein continues his strong engagement to carry the maritime boundary discussions to an in depth, and we’re in shut communications with the Israelis and the Lebanese. We’re at a important stage in these negotiations and the gaps have definitely narrowed, and we stay dedicated to reaching an answer, and we consider a long-lasting compromise is feasible. I’m not going to get into personal diplomatic negotiations, however once more, we stay dedicated to reaching an answer and we consider {that a} lasting compromise is feasible.

Abbie —

QUESTION: Simply may I’ve a follow-up (inaudible)?

MR PATEL: Go forward, Stated. No, I’ll come again to you.

QUESTION: Thanks, Vedant.


QUESTION: Are you anticipating any type of announcement anytime quickly? And can the announcement – I imply, will there be, like, a ceremony with the American envoy current and the Lebanese or the Israelis, or individually since they don’t have any relations?

MR PATEL: Effectively, Stated, I feel we’re getting a bit of cart earlier than the horse, on condition that I simply mentioned that I’m not going to touch upon diplomatic negotiations. And whereas we stay dedicated to reaching a decision and having a long-lasting compromise definitely, I don’t have one to announce right now.

Abbie, go forward.

QUESTION: Do you may have any touch upon the UN Human Rights Council rejecting this U.S. cosponsored decision to debate China’s crackdown in Xinjiang? After which extra particularly, is the U.S. disenchanted that Ukraine abstained from the vote?

MR PATEL: In order you noticed, Ambassador Taylor at our submit in Geneva put out a touch upon this. And to take a step again, the – we’re disenchanted that the council was unable to agree to carry a dialogue about severe human rights issues raised in current impartial discussions and assessments by the Workplace of the UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights. It is rather clear to all people primarily based on that evaluation of what’s going on in Xinjiang. And we’re going to proceed to stay undeterred in our dedication to defend human rights, and we’ll proceed to insist that the Human Rights Council generally is a significant discussion board and a automobile to debate and maintain nations accountable for human rights violations.

QUESTION: And on Ukraine? Any particular remark to their abstention?

MR PATEL: I don’t have any particular evaluation to supply on any nation, however we definitely are disenchanted that the council was not in a position to get this completed in a method that might enable us to carry this dialogue.

Within the again?

QUESTION: Thanks. Might you give us, please, some background on the assembly in between Secretary Blinken and Pedro Castillo in Lima? And what are the primary matters that U.S. is bringing to this dialog?

And concerning the summit, the OAS Common Meeting, what the U.S. count on from Latin America nations within the summit?

MR PATEL: Positive. So I – there – we could have acceptable readouts for the Secretary’s engagement. However because you requested the query, in Peru right now the Secretary will meet with President Pedro Castillo and International Minister César Landa, and their dialogue will give attention to regional collaboration on plenty of points – migration, addressing the specter of local weather change, financial components like commerce and funding, and naturally continued engagement on human rights.

As additionally a part of that itinerary, the Secretary will lead the U.S. delegation on the Common Meeting of the OAS. He’ll underscore america’s dedication to the OAS, and he’ll chair a summit of the implementation of the overview group and can co-lead a migration ministerial on the Los Angeles Declaration as effectively.


QUESTION: Totally different subject, if I’ll.

MR PATEL: Positive.

QUESTION: On Azerbaijan and Armenia. Azerbaijan mentioned they has found what’s believed to be a mass grave of its troopers being killed by Armenia forces. Do you may have any touch upon that? Thanks.

MR PATEL: Positive, Nike. Thanks on your query. So we’re appalled by the lack of life over the course of this decades-long battle and lengthen our deepest condolences to the households of these killed and injured. Many households have suffered and misplaced family members over the course of this battle, and whilst we, by means of our engagement, attempt to look by means of a distinct future, these households deserve accountability and closure for the losses they’ve suffered. Perpetrators should be held accountable; to succeed in peace, heal, accountability is required. And we proceed to assist worldwide efforts to advertise reality and reconciliation, and we consider that these processes can run tandem with the continuing peace course of between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which they’ve dedicated to themselves as effectively.

Go forward. You had your hand up.

QUESTION: Do you may have any replace on the truce in Yemen?

MR PATEL: It’s one thing we’re persevering with to work for. We’re deeply involved that the UN-mediated truce in Yemen expired over the weekend with out the events reaching an settlement on the extension. Fairly candidly, Yemeni males, ladies, and youngsters had been receiving lifesaving advantages underneath the truce. And the UN proposal for an expanded settlement would have supplied even better tangible advantages. That is one thing we proceed to be robustly engaged on and proceed to work with our allies within the area to work in the direction of, however I don’t have another updates to supply.

QUESTION: Do you may have any proposal? Not the UN proposal, a U.S. proposal?

MR PATEL: Once more, I don’t have any updates to supply. That is one thing we’re engaged very deeply on.

All proper. Thanks, all people.


(The briefing was concluded at 2:58 p.m.)

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