U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Today’s topics: SelectUSA 2016 / North Korean Missile test / Iraq – new humanitarian aid / Jordan terror attack / Zion national park

SelectUSA2016

21 June 2016 Kerry’s Remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit

Secretary Kerry Delivers Remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington
Secretary Kerry Delivers Remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington

The better able we are to provide economic opportunity for young people, the less likely it is that they’re going to fall into the trap of violent extremism. And consider this: There are some 2 billion kids 15 years and less in the world today. The sooner we fully grasp the urgency of dealing with the other challenges I mentioned – the climate change or corruption – the quicker we’re going to seize the great economic openings that are actually staring us in the face by revolutionizing the way that we generate and conserve energy and creating millions of jobs in doing so.

This is the biggest market in the history of human beings, folks. My state of Massachusetts gained enormous wealth in the course of the 1990s. Every single quintile of American income earners saw their income go up in the 1990s. That was a $1 trillion market with about a billion users. The energy market is already a 4 to 5 billion user market, already trillions of dollars – in the multiples – and they say that as much as $20 to $50 trillion is going to be spent over the course of the next 20, 30 years on various types of energy.

So by embarking on all-out campaign to improve governance and root out corruption worldwide, we can smooth the path to sustainable growth, while also reducing the sense of alienation that drives some people to take actions that are destructive both to themselves and to society.

 

North Korean Missile Test

FILE - A South Korean army soldier walks by a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with superimposed letters that read: "North Korea's nuclear warhead" during a news program at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, March 9, 2016.
FILE – A South Korean army soldier walks by a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with superimposed letters that read: “North Korea’s nuclear warhead” during a news program at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, March 9, 2016.

22 June 2016 North Korea’s Failed Missile Tests Show Real Progress   North Korea’s latest missile tests may have failed, but they indicate the Kim Jong Un government is continuing to advance its ballistic missile technology, in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

Pyongyang conducted its fifth and sixth test of the intermediate-range Musudan missile on Wednesday from the coastal city of Wonsan. U.S. and South Korean military officials said the first missile failed shortly after it was launched but the second missile flew approximately 400 kilometers before falling into the Sea of Japan or East Sea as it called in South Korea.

“This is a very important milestone because the previous launches had blown up either very shortly after launch or possibly even right at launch. So this is a real sign of progress,” said Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California.

21 June 2016  White House Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea   The existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the actions and policies of the Government of North Korea continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466, expanded in scope in Executive Order 13551, addressed further in Executive Order 13570, further expanded in scope in Executive Order 13687, and under which additional steps were taken in Executive Order 13722 of March 15, 2016, and the measures taken to deal with that national emergency, must continue in effect beyond June 26, 2016. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to North Korea declared in Executive Order 13466.

U.S. Parks – Zion

Rock formation in Zion National Park, Utah
Rock formation in Zion National Park, Utah

21 June 2016 Utah’s First National Park Zion National Park, located in Southern Utah, near Springdale, Utah and offers some unbelievable views of natural rock formations and picturesque landscapes.

In 1909, a President Taft designated Mukuntuweap (Zion) a National Monument, in Zion Canyon. The new monument was, however, virtually inaccessible to visitors, since the existing roads were in poor condition and the closest railhead a hundred miles away.

It wasn’t until 1919, that Zion National Park was made a new National Park, the first in Utah.

Iraq

21 June 2016  New Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq  In light of recent events in Iraq, and in response to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ recent appeals for emergency needs in Fallujah, the United States is announcing an additional $20 million in humanitarian aid to UNHCR’s Iraq response. This will be part of a larger package of humanitarian assistance that will be announced later this year.

 Terrorism

21 June 2016 State Dept. on Terrorist Attack in Jordan The United States strongly condemns today’s attack on Jordanian security forces, and expresses its deepest condolences to the victims, their families, and the Jordanian people. We remain committed to Jordan’s security and stability, and are proud to stand side-by-side with Jordan in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.