February 28th, 2011
01:05 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN)–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday speaking in Geneva, Switzerland said "nothing is off the table" as the United States works with allies to stop the bloodshed in Libya where embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi struggles to remain in power. But as the Pentagon confirms that the United States is "repositioning" naval and air forces to be prepared for any option with Libya, Secretary Clinton said there is no pending U.S. naval actions planned against Libya. "We do believe that there will be the need for support for humanitarian intervention," she said when asked about the reports.
Clinton called again for Gadhafi's ouster and said she is in "intense discussions" with friends and allies of the United States and that the world will hold the Libyan leader and his regime accountable for human rights abuses.
Clinton's remarks come as she meets with European Union ministers. Monday the EU agreed to impose economic sanctions on Libya, including an arms embargo, freezing Ghadaffi's assets and banning travel to Libya. This is the latest action after the United States announced similar sanctions Friday.
Speaking to reporters, Clinton said that U.S. humanitarian teams have been sent to Libya's borders of Tunisia and Egypt. Clinton said USAID has set aside an additional $10 million for humanitarian aid including much needed medical supplies. Saying the United States is very concerned about the humanitarian situation in Libya.
Clinton told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva the world's eyes are fixed on Libya. "Mercenaries and thugs have been turned loose to attack demonstrators. There are reports of soldiers executed for refusing to turn their guns on their fellow citizens, of indiscriminate killings, arbitrary arrests, and torture."
President Obama will meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon later today at the White House.