• Susan Rice and Andrea Mitchell talk during day two of the Women in the World Conference 2013. (Marc Bryan-Brown)


    Susan Rice Keeps Cool

    Amid threats from North Korea, Obama’s U.N. ambassador says the administration is staying calm.

    The Obama administration is keeping its cool in the face of apocalyptic-sounding nuclear threats from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, says United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. “Our interest is in reminding him and those around him of the benefits of a peaceful course,” she told attendees of Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit in New York, “and not getting too jumpy when he wakes up in the morning and issues another provocative statement.”

    Rice, who was interviewed on stage by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, made the point several times that the United States is quite ready, willing, and able to defend itself and its allies in the region.

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    South Korea's president vows to retaliate if attacked by Pyongyang.

    South Korea’s new president Park Geun-hye—the first female to hold the highest office—has issued a harsh warning to North Korea over Pyongyang’s threats to attack the South and its ally, the U.S. “If there is any provocation against South Korea and its people, there should be a strong response in initial combat, regardless of the political considerations, said Park in a speech to senior military officials on Monday. Her announcement comes days after North Korea said it had entered a “state of war” with Seoul and America, apparently in retaliation for U.S. sanctions over its nuclear program and joint U.S-South Korea defense drills.