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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) tonight released the following statement on the passing of U.S. diplomat and special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke: “This awful news is almost incomprehensible, not least of all because I cannot imagine Richard Holbrooke in...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry released the following statement today after the Administration announced the appointment of Ambassador Dane Smith as Special Advisor for Darfur:    “I am pleased ­­­­­­­Special Envoy Scott Gration today announced the...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a major speech on China policy today at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) stressed the need for a balanced American policy that recognizes and addresses China’s strengths and weaknesses. He also urged the Chinese to use their...
  • Washington, DC –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement this evening after the United States and South Korea reached an agreement on the Korea–U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS): “I am happy to hear that the United States and South Korea have reached a deal on the Korea-U.S....
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) this afternoon rebutted an op-ed published this morning by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the Boston Globe repeating inaccurate assertions about New START that have already been thoroughly debunked. Chairman Kerry’s rebuttal is now also in the...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said today that the heads of the nation’s three primary nuclear weapons laboratories have declared their support for President Obama’s updated, 10-year plan to maintain U.S. nuclear weapons. Senator Kerry welcomed the support and...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in honor of World AIDS Day: “Today, on World AIDS Day, we mourn the millions of people who have lost their lives over the decades at the same time we celebrate all that has been accomplished in the fight...
  • Washington, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today delivered remarks regarding the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) on the Senate floor.  Highlights from Chairman Kerry’s remarks as prepared for delivery:   “Again and again, senior military leaders have said...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in recognition of tomorrow’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:  “Violence against women is a human rights problem with far-reaching consequences. When women are subjected to...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to the release of classified State Department documents by WikiLeaks:  "The release of classified information under these circumstances is a reckless action which jeopardizes lives by exposing raw,...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – In reaction to reports that North Korea has built a new facility to secretly enrich uranium, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement:   “Today’s troubling report underscores the need for continued close consultations with South Korea and our other...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of the November 28 parliamentary elections in Moldova, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) issued the following statements announcing the Senate’s passage of a resolution recognizing Moldova’s democratic accomplishments and expressing its...
  • Washington, DC – This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a nomination hearing for Thomas Nides to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, William Brownfield to be Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook to be...
  • Washington, DC— Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) will hold a press availability to discuss the need for the Senate to approve the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).  The availability will take...
  • Washington, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today on ratification of the New START Treaty: “I talked with Senator Kyl today and I do not believe the door is closed to considering New START during the lame duck session.  I look forward to continuing to work with...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released a statement following the announcement that the United States will direct one third of Kerry-Lugar-Berman (KLB) funds to help Pakistan recover and rebuild in the aftermath of the flooding that devastated the country earlier this year: “I am...
  • Washington, DC – Today, Burma freed Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.  The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, she is known worldwide for her courageous championship of democracy and human rights for the people of Burma.  Daw Suu, as she is respectfully known in Burma, along with many other leaders of her National League for...
  • Washington, DC –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement after the United States and Korea failed to reach an agreement on the Korea – U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS): “I know both sides will continue to work round the clock to resolve outstanding issues on the KORUS trade...
  • Washington, D.C.— Ahead of next week’s NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement:   “NATO remains a fundamental element of our national security and its organization needs critical examination in order to meet evolving threats...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed on this weekend’s elections in Burma that appears online at Global Post. The full text of the op-ed is below:  Global Post If Burma breaks from past, US should cooperate By John F. Kerry This weekend, the government of...