'This Week' Transcript: Susan Rice

And the assistance that we will be providing Pakistan, both economic and military, will be tied to Pakistan's ability and willingness to continue to do as it has been doing, which is to try to root out these extremists.

STEPHANOPOULOS: We're just about out of time. Just a quick question, General Gration... RICE: Gration.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Gration, excuse me, President Obama's envoy to Sudan, has been over there this week trying to get aid organizations back into that country. Has he made any progress?

RICE: He is working with -- talking to the aid organizations. He has had -- he has visited Darfur and some of the gravely affected internally displaced camps there. He has also spoken with the authorities in Khartoum.

His aim is to support our efforts and that of the international community to ensure that the people of Darfur have the lifesaving humanitarian assistance that they need. I think it's too soon to assume that we have concrete indications of progress.

But he is pushing very hard. This is something of grave concern to the president, to the secretary of state, and myself and others, and we're working very hard to reverse the decision, the very unfortunate decision to expel these 13 international NGOs, which is leaving people vulnerable.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And if he fails, is the U.S. prepared to impose a no-fly zone?

RICE: The U.S. will look at a full range of options to enable the international community to support those vulnerable citizens, and those that, frankly, were vulnerable before this expulsion.

The president and the vice president, secretary, have expressed grave concern about the ongoing genocide that has preceded this latest action and will be looking at the full range of steps to try to prevent further killing and dying, and to support the north-south peace agreement that is also critically important to implement.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Ambassador Rice, thank you very much.

RICE: Good to be with you, George.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (OC) Now for more on the President's trip, North Korea and all the week's politics, we turn to today's expanded "Roundtable." I am joined as always by George Will, our Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, also the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass, and two of our new media commentators, David Frum of NewMajority.com and Arianna Huffington of "The Huffington Post". And George, let's begin with North Korea. That is the news this morning. Clearly, the North Koreans seemed to know what they were doing with the timing of, of this launch as the President is giving a speech on nonproliferation. And the whole action-reaction cycle here seems to have a ritualistic quality. The, the North Koreans violate UN resolutions, another one is passed.


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