(CNN) - Someone should lose their job in the wake of the September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."
But that someone isn't Ambassador Susan Rice, the U.S. delegate to the United Nations who two top Republicans said Wednesday should be denied a promotion, if offered, as much of the GOP furor about the U.S. government’s response focuses on her.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called out Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain for their "outrageous" comments saying they would block U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice if she is nominated for secretary of state.
"If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after someone they should go after me," Obama said at a White House news conference on Wednesday. "When they go after the U.N. ambassador apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a problem with me."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice rejected Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's claim that Libya's developing government might contain elements of the terrorist groups al Qaeda and the Taliban, categorically telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer, "there are no Taliban in Libya."
The former Godfather's Pizza CEO suggested as much at a press conference in Orlando Friday, during which he sought to clarify his opinion on President Obama's handling of Libya – a question he bungled during an editorial board with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week.
Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.
(CNN) - As what might be the final battle rages in Libya, another is looming: the political battle to create a functioning democracy.
As Libyan rebels try to consolidate their military gains in Tripoli, the National Transitional Council in Benghazi is trying to activate plans for a political transition.FULL STORY
(CNN) – This is one of those historic moments in world history, and, once again, we’re seeing it unfold live on television. Our intrepid CNN correspondents, including Sara Sidner, Matthew Chance, and Arwa Damon, and their crews and producers are risking their lives to bring us the story. Like all of you, I am very worried about their safety. Their work is amazing.
In the midst of all of this, we’re getting new information on what’s going on from the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice. I just interviewed her.FULL STORY
(CNN) - China has agreed to negotiate possible sanctions against Iran over Tehran's failure to comply with international regulations involving its nuclear energy program, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations said Wednesday.
Ambassador Susan Rice told CNN that the Chinese commitment represented progress because China previously has been unwilling to agree to stronger sanctions against Iran sought by the United States and other allies.
"China has agreed to sit down and begin serious negotiations in New York" with other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Rice said.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said that the Obama administration was pleased with the result of former President Bill Clinton’s private mission that resulted in the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee – and wouldn’t rule out bringing him back on board in a more official role in the future.
“Obviously this was not a negotiation. I want to be clear about this,” she told CNN’s John King on “State of the Union.”
“This was a humanitarian mission. But Bill Clinton has enormous skills, experience and talent, we’re very grateful for his willingness to take this private mission, and pleased with the results. I can’t predict what might transpire down the road but we obviously value what he can contribute.”
Clinton traveled to North Korea last week and spoke with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, securing the release of the two women.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice condemned Iranian “show trials” of pro-democracy protestors and activists Sunday - and told CNN the possibility of a diplomatic resolution to end the standoff over that country’s nuclear program had an expiration date.
“Reports of torture are of great concern to us and suggest the regime in Iran is not reconciled to the concerns of its people and their reactions, their very compelling reactions to the elections,” she told CNN’s John King on “State of the Union.”
The protests hadn’t ended the prospect of negotiations, said Rice. “Obviously we’re deeply concerned by the elections and its aftermath,” she said. “But let’s be realistic: this is not a regime that was a golden child prior the election, and suddenly turned evil. This is a regime with whom we’ve had grave concerns for many, many years.
“…We believe there is a prospect through engagement and through dialogue” to negotiate a peaceful end to the country’s nuclear program, said Rice. “That option remains on the table - but it is not out there forever. …And indeed, if there is not [an] indication Iran is willing to open up and dismantle its nuclear program,” the administration will re-assess the situation.
“We will do a stock-taking in September,” she said.
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) - Findings in a recent U.N. report that Iran's nuclear program "has military dimensions" are "troubling," the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday.
"Iran also still refuses to respond constructively to IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] questions about its past work to develop a nuclear weapons capability," the ambassador, Susan Rice, told a U.N. Security Council subcommittee that deals with ensuring sanctions against Iran are being enforced.
"The United States urges its fellow Security Council members not only to take note of the IAEA's serious findings but also to vigorously support the IAEA in its continuing investigations of these critical matters."
The IAEA is the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency that is charged with inspecting Iran's nuclear facilities.
Rice said Tuesday's meeting was "the Security Council's first session on Iran since the release of the IAEA director general's most recent report on Iran - a report that makes it clear that Iran is still not complying with its international nuclear obligations, including resolutions of this council."