The Unites States extends its deepest condolences to those who lost family and loved ones in the October 29 plane crash in Indonesia. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Indonesia in this time of sorrow. Preparations are underway to assist the Indonesian government in its investigation of this tragic accident.
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Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis R. Fannon will travel to Singapore October 29-31.
In Singapore, the Assistant Secretary will promote the Asia EDGE initiative – Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy. Under Asia EDGE, the Department of State and USAID will contribute an initial investment of nearly $50 million to a whole-of-government approach to strengthen energy security and catalyze regional growth. This initiative will ensure energy access across the Indo-Pacific by expanding public-private partnerships; fostering business-to-business connections. Through Asia EDGE, the U.S. will provide technical assistance to help partner governments develop their energy markets, modernize energy infrastructure, and set transparent best-management practices.
In Singapore, Assistant Secretary Fannon will participate in the 12th East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting and in Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) events. Assistant Secretary Fannon will meet with energy ministers from the ASEAN member states under this year’s theme of “Resilience and Innovation.” He also will meet with the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.
At the SIEW conference, Assistant Secretary Fannon will participate in a panel discussion on innovation in energy.
For further information, contact Vincent Campos, Spokesperson for the Bureau of Energy Resources, at CamposVM@state.gov or visit www.state.gov/e/enr. Further information also is available on Twitter at @EnergyAtState.
The United States and Japan will hold a session of the Extended Deterrence Dialogue (EDD) on October 29-31 in Tokyo, Japan. The EDD provides an opportunity for the two governments to frankly exchange views on how to maintain and strengthen deterrence as part of their security and defense cooperation. Under the framework of extended deterrence, the U.S. security commitment to Japan remains ironclad and enduring. The two governments engage in broad and ongoing discussions on deterrence issues within the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and have held the EDD on a regular basis since 2010.
The United States continues to follow developments in Sri Lanka with concern. We urge all sides to refrain from intimidation and violence. We call on the President, in consultation with the Speaker, to immediately reconvene parliament and allow the democratically elected representatives of the Sri Lankan people to fulfill their responsibility to affirm who will lead their government.
The United States, along with partners, welcomes the October 16 announcement by the 1718 Committee on UN designations of vessels SHANG YUAN BAO, NEW REGENT, and KUM UN SAN 3 for engaging in UN-prohibited ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum to North Korean ships. We call on the 1718 Committee to designate any vessels under consideration that have shown to be involved in ship-to-ship transfers. The UN is designating the ships for a port entry ban and deflagging. This action is necessary as North Korea’s illicit shipping activities continue, despite UN prohibitions on ship-to-ship transfers of any goods or items to or from North Korean vessels of any goods or items going to or coming from North Korea.
The United States notes that this action follows recent announcements from Canada, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom regarding monitoring and surveillance activities to detect UN-prohibited illicit North Korean maritime activities, with a particular focus on detecting and disrupting ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum to North Korean tankers in the East China Sea. The United States is also releasing imagery that demonstrates the results of this coordinated, multinational initiative, which includes these countries, along with Australia and New Zealand. In support of this initiative, the United States has deployed aircraft and surface vessels to detect and disrupt these activities.
North Korea continues regularly to employ deceptive tactics to evade UN sanctions. North Korea’s illicit imports of refined petroleum have substantially breached the UN sanctions cap on refined petroleum by making illicit transfers, and we urge that Member States immediately end all sales of refined petroleum to North Korea. We call on the 1718 Committee to formally recognize this breach.
UN Member States are required to prohibit persons or entities subject to their jurisdiction from engaging in ship-to-ship transfers. The United States will impose sanctions on any individual, entity, or vessel supporting North Korea’s illicit activities.
The United States remains committed to achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea. The full enforcement of North Korean-related UN Security Council Resolutions is crucial to a successful outcome. The international community must continue to enforce and implement UN Security Council Resolutions until North Korea denuclearizes.