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These are the kinds of things that have presented this enormous crisis and enormous loss of life and tremendous economic loss all across the globe, the Australians agree with The Australians, you hear the Europeans beginning to say the same thing, and I think the whole world is united understanding that China brought this virus to the world.
We don't know why Chairman Kim chose to miss that moment. We know there've been other extended periods of time where Chairman Kim's been out of public view as well, so it's not unprecedented. So there's not much I can share with you other than we've seen the same images from yesterday that the world saw. It looks like Chairman Kim is alive and well, regardless of any of that, our mission is, remains the same -- to convince the North Koreans to give up their nuclear weapons, to verify the same and to then create a brighter future for the North Korean people.
I've seen that reporting too. I've seen some of our internal information as well. We can confirm at least the initial reports are that you've described are just about right. A handful of shots that came across from the North. We think those were accidental. South Koreans did return fire so far as we can tell there was no loss of life on either side.
UN Security Council Resolution 2231 is unambiguous where An Iranian official is a participant in the UN Security, An Iranian official's just there in language, there is nothing magic about this. There is no fancy -- someone suggested this is fancy lawyering. It's just reading, we are going to make sure that come October of this year, the Iranians aren't able to buy conventional weapons.
We need answers to these questions, we need transparency and we need the World Health Organization to do its job, to perform its primary function, which is to make sure that the world has accurate, timely, effective, real information about what's going on in the global health space, and they didn't get that done here.
The DOE said. The Harvard office of public affairs and communications also confirmedto Fox News that it had received anotice of Investigationfrom the The DOE, and said it iscurrently formulating a response. These accusations come just four days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sounded the alarm about Chinese infiltration into the U.S. education system. The secretarysaid this isnt uncommon for Chinese officials based in the U.S. to actively seek to sow seeds of chaos and gain access to sensitive information -- specificallyon college campuses. Maybe some of you have heard about the time when the Chinese consulate paid the UC San Diego students to protest the Dalai Lama.
As weapon systems move and advance, as new countries develop these capabilities, there is real risk that there is a reduction in strategic stability just staying right we are today so that it -- the reason that we're asking for other countries to participate -- and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested France and the United Kingdom join as well, happy to consider that too, the cumulative mission set has to be global strategic stability, and we will continue to engage in conversations with the Russians and others with the aim of achieving that.
For the Venezuelan people, I want you to know that your President is a great leader who wants to take your country in the right direction -- the direction of freedom, democracy, to restore economic prosperity, you should know that countries across the world -- in Latin America where we are today, in Colombia, in Europe, the United States, all across North America -- the people, the democratic people of those countries are with you.
We have a handful more flights that will be heading to China to bring Americans back home from Hubei province, the exact timing of those we're still coordinating with the Chinese government, but we anticipate that they will happen in the next handful of days and we'll return those American citizens.
It is always the case at the Department of State that we do everything we can to ensure that our officers, not only our ambassadors but our entire team, has the security level that's appropriate, we do our best to make sure that no harm will come to anyone, whether that was what was going on in our embassy in Baghdad last week or the work that was going on in Kyiv up and through the spring of last year when Ambassador Yovanovitch was there, and in our embassy in Kyiv even today.
As for these critiques, President Trump didn't say President Trump'd go after a cultural site. Read what President Trump said very closely. We've made clear that the cost, if they use proxy-forces in the region, will not just be borne just by those proxies. They'll be borne by Iran and its leadership itself.
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