John Kirby, the spokesperson for the National Security Council, has mentioned that determining the timeline for the return of the recently released American prisoners under house arrest in Iran is challenging. He emphasized caution in public statements until their return is completed and negotiations are finalized, given the complexity of dealing with Iran. Kirby acknowledged the need for pragmatism due to Iran’s nature.

Regarding the two-year anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Kirby highlighted the administration’s focus on aiding Afghan allies and their families in leaving the country and settling in their preferred destinations, including the United States. He underlined the commitment to assisting them in the resettlement process and their journey to citizenship.

Kirby clarified that while the U.S. has maintained communication with the Taliban, it has not officially recognized the group. He explained that discussions with the Taliban have been conducted as necessary, particularly to facilitate humanitarian assistance and ensure aid reaches the Afghan people.

Addressing concerns about humanitarian funds falling into the hands of the Taliban, Kirby stated that the U.S. provides funds to trusted humanitarian partners who are monitored to ensure that the assistance reaches those in need and is utilized judiciously.

In response to tensions between Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban due to recent attacks, Kirby acknowledged shared concerns between the United States and Pakistan regarding terrorist groups in the region. He expressed a commitment to collaborating with Pakistan against this common threat and enhancing counterterrorism capabilities.

Regarding China’s increased military activities around Taiwan, Kirby conveyed a consistent message urging China to avoid escalation and heightened tensions. He reaffirmed the U.S.’s unchanged one China policy, emphasizing the desire to maintain the status quo and discourage unilateral changes through force. Kirby stressed the importance of preventing an overreaction, as increased aggression could lead to unintended consequences and harm.

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