Two ships side by side (Japanese Ministry of Defense/AP Images)

Shutting down North Korea’s illegal shipping

North Korean ships are desperately trying to avoid sanctions. The U.S. and its allies and partners are stopping illegal shipping in its tracks.
Presidents Macron and Trump and their wives standing on a red carpet at the White House (© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

State visit versus official visit: What’s the difference?

When a U.S. president welcomes a world leader to the White House, what determines whether the visit will be a state visit or an official visit? Here's what you need to know.
Macron and Trump walking past military guard (© Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Images)

Trump, Macron celebrate their countries’ close ties

President Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron on April 23 as his first guest for an official state visit.
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Condemning Syria’s chemical weapons use [video]

Leaders from the U.S., Britain and France spoke out against Syria for using chemical weapons in an attack in early April. Watch this video to learn about chemical weapons and why they're illegal.
Shinzō Abe and Donald Trump sitting on a white couch in front of flags (© Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Images)

Trump, Japan’s Abe stand in solidarity

President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe are united on how to deal with North Korea and agree that a nuclear North Korea cannot be tolerated. They also pledge to work for free and fair trade.
Missile streaking through sky (© Hassan Ammar/AP Images)

U.S., allies cripple Syria’s illegal chemical weapons program

The precision U.S., French and U.K. missile strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities struck all their military targets while avoiding unnecessary risk to civilians.
U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. (© Yegor Aleyev/TASS/Getty Images)video

U.S. ambassador speaks to Russians about attack on Syria [video]

Watch the U.S. ambassador to Russia talk about the recent allied strike in Syria — a response to a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 40 people.
Illustration of three weapons inspectors looking through a large magnifying glass (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

These sleuths detect nuclear and chemical weapons

The world relies on skilled international inspectors with sophisticated equipment to determine whether countries are fulfilling their obligations not to build nuclear or chemical weapons.
John J. Sullivan speaking at a podium (© Jose Luis Magana/AP Images)

Meet U.S. Acting Secretary of State Sullivan

During this transition period between secretaries of state, a steady hand takes charge and career employees continue their work supporting the president's foreign policies.