The new sanctions against North Korea that have just been approved by the UN Security Council are "exceptional" in their breadth and scope, US envoy Susan Rice said on Tuesday.
She said the sanctions would target the "illicit activities of North Korean diplomatic personnel", "banking relationships" and "illicit transfers of bulk cash" in addition to "new travel restrictions".
She said the draft resolution tabled by the US "will significantly impede North Korea's ability to develop further its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programmes".
She added that the sanctions would target the "illicit activities of North Korean diplomatic personnel", "banking relationships" and "illicit transfers of bulk cash" in addition to "new travel restrictions".
As she began her testimony, her voice cracked at times as she said her work is sometimes highly personal, she told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews. I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters.
At another point, she defended UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who was vilified for widely debunked claims five days after the attack that protests precipitated the raid rather than terrorism. She challenged the Republican focus on Rice's comments, which were based on intelligence talking points.
"What difference does it make?" a clearly exasperated Clinton told Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican, after he pressed her. She insisted that "people were trying in real time to get to the best information," and that her focus was on looking ahead on how to improve security.
Rice: 'It is the right step for this country I love'
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has written about her reasons for withdrawing from the race for Secretary of State, saying "it is the right step for this country I love.
Writing for the Washington Post, Rice said:
I made this decision because it is the right step for this country I love. I have never shied away from a fight for a cause I believe in.
But, as it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle, I concluded that it would be wrong to allow this debate to continue distracting from urgent national priorities — creating jobs, growing our economy, addressing our deficit, reforming our immigration system and protecting our national security.