North Korea Blasts 'Funny Lady' Clinton

War of words after Clinton tells Pyongyang it has 'no friends'
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2009 8:03 AM CDT
North Korea called Clinton 'a funny lady' and compared her to a 'primary schoolgirl' Thursday, bristling at her remark likening the regime to 'small children' demanding attention.    (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
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(Newser) – If insults were nukes, the US and North Korea would have destroyed the world today. Hillary Clinton, on a visit to Asia, told reporters that the secretive regime "has no friends left" to block denuclearization, after earlier in the week comparing Kim Jong-Il's coterie to "small children and unruly teenagers." That led Pyongyang to issue a brutal denunciation of the secretary of State, calling her "a funny lady" and "by no means intelligent."

"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping," said a spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry, who went on to blast her for "a spate of vulgar remarks unbecoming for her position." The verbal tussle took place as Clinton attended a meeting of Asian nations in Thailand, where she said the US had unanimous support for the UN resolution tightening sanctions and imposing an arms embargo on North Korea.