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Obama admin rejects call for UN ambassador to resign

The Obama Administration has rejected a demand from a senior Republican lawmaker for the US ambassador to the United Nations to resign.

‘The Secretary [of State, Hillary] Clinton believes that Ambassador [Susan] Rice has done a superb job. We completely reject any such calls here in this building,’ State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters on Monday.

Nuland was responding to questions about demand being made by Congressman Peter King that Rice should resign following her remarks that the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi was a result of spontaneous protest, while the US later described this as a terrorist attack.

‘When we gave our initial impressions that very first week of how we understood things had happened, we were very careful here, the Secretary was careful to make clear that these were preliminary assessments, that we would have to fully investigate, and to the extent that there were lessons to be learned, we were going to have to take those on board,’ Nuland explained. Nuland said.

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the attack on Benghazi, the State Department has removed all its personnel from this Libyan city. ‘All of the essential functions at the Embassy are being maintained. Benghazi remains closed,’ she said.
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