Clinton: Ignore N. Korea's 'Demand For Attention'

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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July 20, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. stance of essentially playing down North Korea's nuclear tests is intentional.

In an ABC interview broadcast Monday from India, Clinton said, "We weren't going to give the North Koreans the satisfaction they were looking for, which was to elevate them to center stage."

She was referring to Washington's low-profile response to the most recent series of nuclear tests by Pyongyang on the Fourth of July.

Clinton said that "what we've seen is this constant demand for attention." She added that "maybe it's the mother in me, the experience I've had with small childeren and teen-agers and people who are demanding attention: Don't give it to them."

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