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Daily Press Briefings : Daily Press Briefing - April 30, 2014
04/30/2014 03:51 PM EDT

Marie Harf
Deputy Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
April 30, 2014

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Index for Today's Briefing
DEPARTMENT
2013 Country Reports on Terrorism
Free the Press Campaign
Russian Federation Council's Approval of Law Restricting Internet Freedom
Travel Update for Secretary Kerry
2013 COUNTRY REPORTS ON TERRORISM
Methodology / Evolving Threat
Cuba Remains on State Sponsors of Terrorism list
Cooperation with China on Counterterrorism
Foreign Fighters / Syria / Terrorist Financing
Foreign Terrorist Organization Designations
State Sponsor of Terror List
CUBA
Call for Release of Alan Gross
TURKEY
Legitimate Democratic Protests
IRAN / CHINA
Reward for Information on Li Fangwei
Cooperation with China on Counter-Proliferation Issues
DPRK
Urge North Korea to Refrain from Actions that Raise Tensions
LEBANON
Lebanese Elections
UKRAINE / RUSSIA
No De-Escalation from Russia
DEPARTMENT
International Media Operations

TRANSCRIPT:
12:46 p.m. EDT

MS. HARF: Hi, everyone. Welcome to the second half of today"s daily press briefing. I have a couple of items at the top, and then I"m happy to take all of your questions.

The first " do we have a " Free the Press, yes. As part of our Free the Press campaign, today we have two cases, one from Venezuela and one from Egypt. The first is NTN24, which is a 24-hour news cable network based in Colombia that was one of the only sources of live coverage in Venezuela when protests erupted in early February. CONATEL, Venezuela"s telecommunications regulator, ordered NTN24 off the air on February 12th, depriving the Venezuelan people of independent, accurate reporting on the nationwide protests that have included arbitrary detentions and excessive use of violence by security forces. As of today, NTN24 remains off the air and is available only through the internet. We call on the Government of Venezuela to cease repression of NTN24 and to protect and respect the freedom of expression and other universal human rights.

The second for the Free the Press campaign is from Egypt. Samah Ibrahim is a young journalist who was sentenced by a court on April 29th to six months in prison and a fine of 50,000 Egyptian pounds on charges including disturbing the peace and demonstrating without a permit. Ibrahim was arrested in January with nine other people in the course of doing her job, covering a pro-Morsy demonstration in Cairo against the constitutional reform. Ibrahim is one of 17 journalists currently imprisoned in Egypt, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. We urge the interim government to fulfil its commitment to respect freedom of the press. All journalists, regardless of affiliation, must not be targets of violence, intimidation, or politicized legal action. They must be protected and permitted to freely do their jobs. And we continue to urge the government to drop charges and release journalists who have been detained.

One other item at the " two other quick items at the top. If we can change the screens back to what they normally are " but related to the Free the Press campaign, the United States is deeply troubled by the Russian Federation Council"s approval of laws that will impose sweeping new restrictions on the internet and blogging if signed by President Putin. These restrictions can only be seen for what they are: an attempt to limit freedom of expression and the ability to network and assemble, not only for journalists, but for all Russians. Unfortunately, these are just the latest attempts by the Russian Government to exert control over the rapidly shrinking space for independent voices and civil society in Russia both online and offline. Taken as a whole, these developments effectively stifle alternative views and further restrict the space for independent discourse and civic activism in Russia.

And the final is a trip update. Secretary Kerry is en route to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he will be arriving shortly if he hasn"t already. Addis is the first stop on a weeklong trip to Africa to encourage democratic development, promote respect for human rights, advance peace and security, engage with civil society and young African leaders who will shape their continent"s future; also promote trade, investment, and development partnerships. The President"s trip will " excuse me, the Secretary"s trip will also highlight U.S. investments in PEPFAR, the President"s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief. In Addis Ababa, Secretary Kerry will co-convene the fourth session of the U.S.-AU High-Level Dialogue and discuss a wide range of issues on which we partner with the AU. He will also meet bilaterally with the Ethiopian prime minister and the foreign minister as well.

A lot there at the top. Matt.

QUESTION: Yes. So recognizing that you"ve lost the terror expert people, but I just wanted to --

MS. HARF: Uh-huh.

QUESTION: -- you " there was something more that they wanted to say about (inaudible)?

MS. HARF: Yeah. So on your question " I think this is an important one to dig into in terms of the numbers. Just a few points on that. The first is, as you rightly pointed out, this is the second year we"ve used this new methodology, which we"re still refining, so numbers are important but we"re still refining methodology. But more importantly, yes, the number of attacks has gone up; but it"s a feature of the evolving threat they talked about, that these attacks are smaller, against localized targets, mostly domestic, and that the numbers against Americans certainly have been very low for a long time and have continued to go down.

QUESTION: Right.

MS. HARF: So you"re seeing this because of the evolving threat. There aren"t big, massive scale attacks anymore. There are more smaller, localized ones. So in some way it"s an evolution of the threat. It doesn"t " the number doesn"t tell the whole story.

QUESTION: Okay. Well, understandably, but it still --

MS. HARF: I wanted to put a little more context in there.

QUESTION: It went up from 6,000 to 9,000, which is --

MS. HARF: But each of those attacks " the attacks that went up to 9,000 were much smaller, often, than the 6,000.

QUESTION: Well, I don"t know if I would call the attack on the mall in Nairobi a small attack.

MS. HARF: Well, that"s one out of 9,000.

QUESTION: There were dozens people killed as well.

QUESTION: Well, there"s plenty " I mean, there"s plenty of --

MS. HARF: But just a lot of the individual " it actually matters when you look at the numbers to say the number has gone up, but a lot of the attacks were much smaller than the numbers we have seen in the past.

QUESTION: Right, but the numbers went up, and so did the number of " anyway, I don"t --

MS. HARF: It"s just some important context, I think.

QUESTION: Fair enough. Fair enough.

QUESTION: I still had another one on the report, if that"s okay.

MS. HARF: Uh-huh.

QUESTION: I wanted to ask about Cuba --

MS. HARF: Uh-huh.

QUESTION: -- which was retained as a designated state sponsor of terrorism again this year. The report cites that it"s providing " long provided a safe haven for --

MS. HARF: Me and my terrorism book.

QUESTION: Sorry. ETA --

MS. HARF: I know all the answers are not in here. (Laughter.) But go ahead. Yes.

QUESTION: ETA and the FARC as well. But also " but given the fact that these two groups, the threat from them is diminishing, I mean, there are peace talks going on with the FARC at the moment. Whether they"re successful I don"t know, but " but it also states in the report there was no indication that the Cuban Government provided weapons or paramilitary training to any terrorist group.

So my question is: How much longer are you g
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Cont. Press Release 1

QUESTION: On Turkey.

MS. HARF: Uh-huh.

QUESTION: I know that you were asked " or Jen Psaki was asked about prime minister"s " Turkish prime minister interview with Charlie Rose. I just want to again repeat, is there any way you can share? The prime minister said that he expects from U.S., as his strategic partner, to either expel Fethullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, or extradite him back to Turkey. What is your response to this?

MS. HARF: Well, I"m going to say probably exactly what Jen said. As a matter of longstanding policy, the Department of State does not comment on pending or potential extradition requests.

QUESTION: Don"t you think prime minister has a point when he says that as a strategic partner that he returned tons of people in the past and U.S. should do the same?

MS. HARF: I"m just not " you can ask the question any way you want. I"m not going to comment on it.

QUESTION: Okay. One more question. In that interview, which was widely publicized in Turkey, Prime Minister Erdogan talks about these groups within U.S. that were behind the protests and upheavals in Egypt, Ukraine, and Istanbul. Do you know anything about these groups?

MS. HARF: Well, let"s be clear that this is not about the United States in any of those places you just said. And we"re not behind any of the legitimate, democratic protests we"ve seen in any of those countries. So let"s be very clear that this is not about what the U.S. is doing, because we"re not doing anything. This is an internal Turkish matter. That"s where they need to focus.

QUESTION: But the prime minister says that there is a scenario. It"s the same scenario as being conducted in Ukraine, in Egypt, in Istanbul, in Turkey.

MS. HARF: Well, we certainly believe that people all over the world should be able to legitimately express their points of view. What I"m saying is the United States has nothing to do with that. We say that they should be able to do, but this isn"t about us. This is about what"s happening in each of those countries.

QUESTION: What do you think about the notion that there are groups either in U.S. or in the West that trigger this kind of upheaval in these --

MS. HARF: I think it"s ridiculous and not borne out by the facts on the ground.

What else? Yes.

QUESTION: I have a question on Iran. You put the statement yesterday regarding the Chinese businessman.

MS. HARF: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: And last night the Chinese foreign ministry said they oppose the U.S. citing domestic law to unilaterally impose sanctions on Chinese company and individual. What"s your response to that?

MS. HARF: Well, as we"ve said in a number of press releases from here, from the Treasury Department, the Commerce Department, and others, we enforce the laws on the books. We are very clear about the activities that this individual has undertaken and their threat to international stability and security. And that"s why we were very clear from the State Department that we would offer a reward for information about his whereabouts that could bring him to justice and also that we would impose measures against people who are breaking, certainly, our laws and violating our sanctions we have in place.

QUESTION: But if he"s in China, what"s the need to put this --

MS. HARF: Well, he"s " as the release said, he"s a fugitive right now, so I"m not going to speculate on where he might be.

QUESTION: But do you share the same concern that the Chinese said this " says this may jeopardize the bilateral cooperation on counter-proliferation?

MS. HARF: Not at all. Not at all. We believe it"s important to cooperate with the Chinese on counter-proliferation issues, whether it"s North Korea where we work very closely together in terms of denuclearizing the peninsula, whether it"s on the P5+1 talks with Iran where we sit at the table with China on the same page working to see if we can get a resolution to that issue. So clearly, we"re working together on counter-proliferation very, very closely.

QUESTION: But they said already that this will harm the cooperation on this issue.

MS. HARF: Well, again, we haven"t seen evidence of that. We hope that it won"t.

What else? Yes.

QUESTION: North Korea.

MS. HARF: Uh-huh.

QUESTION: Again, I"d like to know if you have any more information about Matthew Todd Miller or Kenneth Bae.

MS. HARF: No update on that for you.

QUESTION: Okay, thanks.

QUESTION: I wanted to ask about North Korea as well.

MS. HARF: Uh-huh.

QUESTION: There were more reports of some more maneuvers or maneuvering, rather, going on and around the possibility of a launch. Is there --

MS. HARF: Well, we"re monitoring the situation very closely, obviously, and as we always do, continue to urge North Korea to exercise restraint and refrain from actions that raise tensions. I don"t have anything specific for you in terms of what may or may not happen, no guesses about what they might do. But we"re watching very closely.

Yes, Samir.

QUESTION: Do you have any update on the attempts in Lebanon to elect a new president?

MS. HARF: I do. We do understand that there was not a quorum reached in the process to elect a president. Under Lebanese law, as you probably know, parliament has until May 25th to elect a president. We hope that the election goes forward in accordance with the Lebanese constitution on time and free from foreign interference, and just aren"t going to get ahead of a process. I think we have a little more time where we can maybe get resolution here.

QUESTION: Thank you.

MS. HARF: Yes, Elliot. Welcome back.

QUESTION: Thank you. Yeah. It"s good to be back. The Chinese ministry of defense announced yesterday, I think, that they were going " they were planning to do a joint military exercise in the East China Sea with Russia next month.

MS. HARF: Okay.

QUESTION: Do you have any response to that?

MS. HARF: I hadn"t seen that announcement. Let me talk to our folks --

QUESTION: Thanks.

MS. HARF: -- see if they have anything.

Matt.

QUESTION: Are you aware of this case of an American teenager Abdullah Jafar Abdullah who is on trial " going on trial in Bahrain?

MS. HARF: I am not aware of this.

QUESTION: Could you --

MS. HARF: Uh-huh.

QUESTION: -- ask about it and see if you have any --

MS. HARF: On trial for what?

QUESTION: On trial for political charges. I don"t know exactly what they are.

MS. HARF: Okay. I"ll check. I wasn"t aware of that case.

QUESTION: Yeah. I"m just curious if you have any concerns about that " not just the charges, but the fact that he"s 17.

MS. HARF: Let me check. Anything else?

QUESTION: Is there anything new to report on Ukraine and Russian de-escalation or non-de-escalation?

MS. HARF: Certainly not de-escalation, no. Not much new today. We"ve seen more bad behavior from the Russians, not taking any steps to de-escalate, still causing problems, the OSCE monitors still being held, as are a number of other hostages.

QUESTION: Okay.

MS. HARF: Nothing"s changed.

QUESTION: And did you " yesterday I asked about this legislation that was introduced today by Representative Royce and --

MS. HARF: Is this the BBG legislation?

QUESTION: Yes, BBG legislation.

MS. HARF: Let"s see what I have. I actually haven"t seen the legislation yet, and I"m not sure our folks here have, but I have something very brief on this. Obviously, our international media operations are an important part of what we do, and their mission remains a critical element for achieving our objectives here.

And more than that, we need the ability to communicate and engage with nations and communities around the world. We will keep working with Congress on this. Again, I don"t think we"ve seen the bill, or at least I haven"t, and also would refer you to the White House for the overall policy on it.

QUESTION: Okay.

MS. HARF: We"
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At 4/30/2014 10:49:44 PM, monty1 wrote:
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At 5/1/2014 11:42:18 AM, monty1 wrote:
At 4/30/2014 10:54:49 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
At 4/30/2014 10:49:44 PM, monty1 wrote:
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Briefing 2

MS. HARF: Good afternoon, everyone. Happy Friday. Welcome to the daily briefing. I don"t have water today. I hope I don"t start coughing.

I have a few items at the top, and then happy to open it up for your questions. First, it"s the final day of our Free the Press campaign. We have two cases for you today. The first comes from Ethiopia. A journalist, an Ethiopian freelance journalist named Reeyot Alemu, is an Ethiopian freelance journalist convicted in January 2012 under Ethiopia"s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation for allegedly engaging with a terrorist organization. She is now serving a five-year prison sentence. In 2011, Ethiopian police arrested Reeyot, a high school English teacher, four days after she wrote an article criticizing the government"s fundraising methods for a dam project. We are also concerned by the April 25th and April 26th arrest and detention of six independent bloggers and three independent journalists.

In addition to calling for her release, we urge the Government of Ethiopia to release other journalists detained for exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights and to stop using antiterrorism laws as a mechanism for limiting press freedom. As you know, of course, the Secretary is in Ethiopia today.

And for our final Free the Press case of the week, we want to do something a little bit different and highlight the country of Pakistan as a whole. There are numerous examples over the past several years of threats against, attacks upon, and murders of individuals seeking to report on events in Pakistan. For this reason, Pakistan has been called one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist.

The U.S. Government strongly supports a vibrant and independent media in Pakistan, just as we do in the United States and around the world. We applaud the efforts and commitment of professional, principled, and dedicated journalists who are working in perilous conditions to provide credible and informed analysis of developments in Pakistan. We remain concerned about the safety of journalists, both local and international, working in Pakistan. And we appreciate the recent public comments from the government to expand media freedoms and address the insecurity plaguing the country"s journalists. We urge the government to do everything possible to create a safe environment for journalists, and to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for attacks against them.

My third item at the top, which is related to Freedom of the press: With the commemoration tomorrow of World Press Freedom Day and the United States continuing efforts to support and promote free press throughout the world, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced today an addition $1.2 million to support Ukrainian media outlets as they prepare for the Ukrainian presidential election on May 25th, what we"ve talked about a lot in this room.

Members of the media in Ukraine have faced serious challenges and dangers over the past several months. More than 500 journalists have been harassed, beaten, abducted, and one journalist killed since November. This additional funding will help to protect vulnerable journalists while also advancing press freedoms and democratic governance in Ukraine. USAID supports respect for universal rights around the world as central to its mission that we"ve talked a lot about in here as well.

Last update at the top is a travel update. Today, as I think many of you saw, Secretary Kerry visited Juba, South Sudan. He met there with South Sudanese President Kiir. He also did a press avail, which I"m sure many of you saw. The Secretary also met with civil society leaders and community leaders for internally displaced persons. Juba is the second stop during his week-long trip to the African continent. He"s back in Addis tomorrow. He will deliver a speech about United States policy and efforts in Africa at large, entitled "Commitment to Africa."

With that.

QUESTION: Okay.

MS. HARF: A long topper, Matt. Get us started.

QUESTION: As it will not surprise you, I"m going to start with Benghazi.

MS. HARF: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: Congressman Issa has issued a subpoena for the Secretary to appear.

MS. HARF: He has.

QUESTION: What do you make of that?

MS. HARF: Well, as I just said, the Secretary"s in Africa. We just received the subpoena. I"d note a few points. The first, that it"s highly unusual for a subpoena to be issued before there"s even an official invitation for testimony. I think everyone can make their own judgments about that. I"m not sure the Secretary"s even aware of the request, again, given his travel. He"s scheduled to be in Mexico on the 21st, which is the date that HOGR has asked him to testify, which HOGR would have known if they reached out to us instead of issuing a subpoena " I think by tweet, possibly. I guess that"s how they"re doing it now. And we are surprised that in the first instance, they resorted to a subpoena given we"ve been cooperating all along with the committee and did not reach out before they did so.

QUESTION: I"m not exactly sure why " the Secretary, you don"t know if he"s aware of this? Is there --

MS. HARF: I don't know if he"s aware of the request yet. As you know, there are various communications issues. I don't know if he"s been made aware of it on the ground in Addis, no.

QUESTION: All right. Well, does he plan --

MS. HARF: As you mentioned, he is in Africa right now working on a host of issues and don"t know, quite frankly, if he has been made aware.

QUESTION: Right, but you mentioned that he was in Africa, not me.

MS. HARF: Uh-huh.

QUESTION: But yes, he is in Africa, but still, you would think that he would be apprised of this, no?

MS. HARF: I"m sure he"ll be made aware of it.

QUESTION: Okay.

MS. HARF: I just don"t know if he"s been made aware yet.

QUESTION: So " okay, so you"re saying that he"s supposed to be in Mexico on the 21st.

MS. HARF: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: Does he plan to be in Mexico, still plan to be in Mexico on the 21st? Or does he plan to comply with the subpoena and --

MS. HARF: Again, we"ll have to take a look at his schedule. We just received the request. We"re reviewing it. As I said, it is highly unusual for there to be a subpoena before a request for testimony has been made. We were surprised about this, as I said, given that we"ve been cooperating, and we"ll see where we go from here.

QUESTION: Okay. But is there precedent for a Secretary refusing to " for a senior official at the State Department refusing to --

MS. HARF: I can check on whether there"s precedent or not. What there"s not precedent for is issuing a subpoena by a committee before giving an opportunity to testify.

QUESTION: All right. And then --

MS. HARF: So I"ll check on our end, but I know what there"s not precedent for --

QUESTION: Okay.

MS. HARF: -- and that"s what HOGR is doing.

QUESTION: And do you realize that when you say that you"re surprised because you"ve been cooperating all along with the committee, that that raises eyebrows, at least among some on the committee? Because they argue that you haven"t been cooperating.

MS. HARF: Well, I would vehemently disagree with that.

QUESTION: Well, but you are producing documents " new stuff is coming out every day.

MS. HARF: Absolutely, and Congress was aware of the fact that we would be producing documents on a rolling basis, as rolling production, so we could get them documents as quickly as possible. If you just wait till they"re all done at the end, then they don"t have the documents in the interim, and Congress has been aware of that. It takes a while because of legal and constitutional issues to go through all of these documents and produce them, but we have continued to do so and will continue to do so.

QUESTION: So there are more coming?

MS. HARF: We"ve said all along that we will continue reviewing o
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Briefing 2 Pt. 2

QUESTION: On Iran, Foreign Minister Zarif has an article in the recent issue of Foreign Affairs --

MS. HARF: He does.

QUESTION: -- and I thought it was notable that he"s expressed some " a pretty high level of optimism about the negotiations, saying that, "the unexpectedly fast pace of progress"so far augurs well for a speedy resolution of this unnecessary crisis." And I was just wondering if you share that sense of optimism.

MS. HARF: Well, I think we share a sense of realism here, but what we"ve said " and you heard me talk about it a few minutes ago " we are all at the table, talking in good faith. We all are committed to getting this done. Does that mean we will? We have no idea. Will we be able to all make the tough decisions we have to make? I don"t know. I don"t think any of us can say for certain right now. But the fact that we are talking in a very business-like and substantive way about very detailed issues we"ve never talked at this level before " this is the best chance we"ve ever had to get this done diplomatically. We"re realistic about the chance that we will. You heard the President say 50/50. But we also go into this knowing fully well this is the best opportunity and most effective to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and we"re committed to seeing if we can get it done.

Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: So early next week, Secretary Kerry is going to be visiting Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

MS. HARF: He is. Uh-huh.

QUESTION: The D.R.C. is currently working with a former rebel group that was working in the eastern part of the country. They"re working to grant amnesty --

MS. HARF: M23?

QUESTION: -- for M23.

MS. HARF: Uh-huh.

QUESTION: Yes. So does the State Department support the Congolese Government in this decision to grant amnesty to former " what some people would consider war criminals?

MS. HARF: Well, one of the things we"re going to be talking about when we"re there " and Russ Feingold, as you know, has done quite a bit of work, particularly with this area, with M23 and the D.R.C. One of the things we"re going to be talking about when we"re there is what the path forward looks like, what accountability looks like, because there needs to be some accountability; what amnesty could look like. We do support a process to see how this could all play out, right, but how that specifically works, we"ll talk to them about it when we"re there. We have made a lot of progress in D.R.C., but we need to keep making progress, and that will be " all of those issues will be a topic of conversation.

QUESTION: So does the State Department support that amnesty be granted to some of the members? Because they"re currently in the process of granting amnesty to --

MS. HARF: We certainly support the concept, and we"ll have discussions about the specifics. We also support the concept of accountability. Both need to be " to go hand in hand here, so we"ll have those conversations when he"s there.

QUESTION: So the State Department will encourage that the Congolese Government looks into holding these former members more accountable for their actions.

MS. HARF: I think we"ve said both of those things, yes.

Anything else?

QUESTION: China.

MS. HARF: Last one. Yes.

QUESTION: China on terrorism.

MS. HARF: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: So the Chinese foreign minister expressed his displeasure at the Country Report that you issued yesterday. He said that the United States made irresponsible remarks and that you use double standards. Do you have any comments to that?

MS. HARF: I don"t.

QUESTION: Okay. That"s what I figured. Second question.

MS. HARF: Good try, though.

QUESTION: Sorry, I wanted to ask anyway.

MS. HARF: It"s okay.

QUESTION: The second question is: would you say that you"re more cautious about calling violent acts in public as terrorism if it involves minorities?

MS. HARF: No. I think, A, we condemn all violent acts against civilians, regardless of what we call them; and B, we use that word, "terrorism," if it"s warranted after looking at the facts.

QUESTION: Okay.

MS. HARF: So we look at each situation, look at the facts, and call it as we see it.

QUESTION: So do you have a standard procedure to determine what is terrorism or not? And do you use that across the board?

MS. HARF: Well, we certainly " I mean, read the lengthy Country Reports on Terrorism.

QUESTION: I did.

MS. HARF: We certainly used that word quite a bit. And yesterday, actually, I referred to the attack in the train station in China that appeared to be an act of terrorism.

QUESTION: In Q&A (inaudible) at the top.

MS. HARF: I would point that out as well. Yes.

QUESTION: But " okay. Thanks.

MS. HARF: Thanks, everyone. Have a great weekend.
Leader of the DDO Revolution Party