'This Week' Transcript: Susan Rice

Susan Rice

ABC'S "THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS"

APRIL 5, 2009

SPEAKERS: GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST

U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N. SUSAN RICE

[*] STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning and welcome to "This Week.

Breaking news overnight. A missile test from North Korea.

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: North Korea must know that the path to security and respect will never come through threats and illegal weapons.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: How will the president and the world confront this nuclear challenge? The top question today for our exclusive headliner, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice in her first Sunday interview.

Plus, Obama's diplomatic debut.

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OBAMA: It is a great honor for me to be here in Europe.

I've come to Europe this week to renew our partnership.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: That, plus all the week's politics and a special expanded roundtable, with George Will, ABC's chief diplomatic correspondent Martha Raddatz, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass, plus prominent new media voices from both the left and right -- Arianna Huffington and David Frum.

And as always, the Sunday Funnies.

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(UNKNOWN): The Germans tried to make him feel at home. They offered to let him fire the CEO of Volkswagen.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Hello, again.

We begin today with the news that North Korea has tested a long range ballistic missile. The country's state media claimed the missile put a satellite into orbit. But the U.S. Northern Command says the satellite dropped into the Pacific. U.S. officials believe the missile was really being tested to see if it could carry a nuclear warhead over Japan potentially as far as Alaska.

Speaking out against the threat of nuclear weapons in Prague today, President Obama slammed North Korea for violating U.N. resolutions. And he promised to act.

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OBAMA: Rules must be binding, violations must be punished. Words must mean something. The world must stand together to prevent the spread of these weapons. Now is the time for a strong international response.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: And joining us now for an exclusive interview, the official who will represent President Obama and the United States at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council this afternoon, America's U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice.

Welcome to THIS WEEK.

RICE: Thanks, George. Good to be with you.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So what will this international response be?

RICE: Well, George, we have been in close consultation with our allies in Asia, in particular, Japan and South Korea about the appropriate response. We have consulted over the last several days, including this morning as well with the Russians and the Chinese.

So the U.N. Security Council will meet this afternoon in emergency session. I'll be going up there straightaway. And we will be discussing the appropriate response. The United States believes that this action is best dealt with -- the most appropriate response would a United Nations Security Council resolution.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Japan wants sanctions, will the U.S. co-sponsor a sanctions resolution?

RICE: The U.S. is working very closely with Japan and we will be in consultation with our partners inside the council, trying to get the most appropriate and strong response we can possibly get.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But this is already a violation of U.N. resolutions -- two U.N. resolutions...

RICE: Yes, it is.

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