July 23rd, 2009
06:49 PM ET
5 years ago

North Korea: Clinton 'funny lady, by no means intelligent'

 Hillary Clinton says North Korea's refusal to discuss nuclear program could provoke arms race.
Hillary Clinton says North Korea's refusal to discuss nuclear program could provoke arms race.

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) - North Korea launched a scathing personal attack on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday after she likened the leadership in Pyongyang to "small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention."

At a meeting of southeast Asian nations in Phuket, Thailand, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman blasted Clinton for what he called a "spate of vulgar remarks unbecoming for her position everywhere she went since she was sworn in," according to the state-run KCNA news agency.

The spokesman called Clinton "by no means intelligent" and a "funny lady."

"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping," the statement said.

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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. John

    Who cares what the North Koreans think anyway? Their actions over the past 60 years have demonstrated that they are incapable of making intelligent actions or decisions.

    The likely course of events will see the northern part of the Korean Peninsula being turned into a flat green glass wasteland.

    The North Koreans continue to refuse joining the current century – too bad for them.

    July 23, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  2. Quantico Cat

    I concur.

    July 23, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Tom in CA

    Sounds like the terrible twos are at it again!

    TTs are North Korea. What a bunch of flakes – the North Koreans have no filial piety! They are an anathma to all Asians!

    July 23, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. Uncle fester

    That was a stupid comment Hillary made. Palin would not have said something that dumb!

    July 23, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. Right Leaning Independent

    One has to wonder if Obama and Clinton now understand why North Korea and Iran have been handled in the manner they have been for the past 2-3 presidents. Nothing like learning a lesson the hard way...

    July 23, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. BJ in Nc

    North Korea??? Pulease!!!

    July 23, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. Tatianna

    Dems called Bush admin fearmongers everytime they addressed N. Korea nuclear program. Hillary: N.Koreas refusal to discuss nuclear programs could provoke arms race. Its only fair to hand over fearmonger title to Obama admin.

    July 23, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    It's odd that the North Koreans don't like Hillary–their politics are only a little more communist than hers.

    July 23, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. Patty in the CA mountains

    Sticks and stones.....

    July 23, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. BJ in Nc

    North Korea would poke fun at any woman of substance since they would pigeonhole and disrespect women in charge.

    July 23, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. lf

    Anything for distractions and to keep minds off the real issues. Attacking the messenger and not the message. N.Korea seems definite on its decisions and wants to do exactly what they want to do.

    Can China and Russia persuade them to return to the table of negotiation? Perhaps not, unless they feel negotiations will be a 'big win' for them.

    July 23, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Amy from MN

    The rest of the world knows what the foreign ministry's spokesman is not true.

    July 23, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Argon man

    These clowns are almost as crude and uncivilized as our own Republicans.

    July 23, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. Roger

    Uhh isn't that what unruly teenagers & small children do when told they are misbehaving retort back with a bunch childish remarks. Sounds like our Sec of state knows what she is talking about.

    July 23, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. Doug

    Wow, the world kindergarten is filling the sandbox with dirt. I thought the US took a higher road when dealing with the world at large, looks like they were not laughing about our remarks either.

    July 23, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. Little Rock

    We use to say the same thing about her in Little Rock. We are so glad she moved away.

    July 23, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    Heck we've been doing that for years here in America.

    July 23, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  18. E>Dozois

    leave to cnn. to drag any and all bad remarks to Mrs. Clinton

    July 23, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. bert, Tampa

    NK is begging for it! This may be a no brainer, but we need to get with other Nation's that are able to unite and policy up against NK. Who ever is leading NK is an idiot and they are using their people as pawns, because all of the sactions will only affect the people and not the pigs running NK.
    I bet the people of NK don't even know this is going on at such a serious level.
    I don't think the leaders of NK really understand Hillary Clinton's job title and the discription.

    July 23, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. Peter

    Hillary Clinton's criticism of the North Korean leaders was spot on.

    And the North Korean leaders confirmed the accuracy of the statement with their reply, which sounded just like it came from punky, unruly teenagers.

    July 23, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Keith in Austin

    Brilliant commentary, Hillary! What were you thinking?

    July 23, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. John

    there's diplomacy for you...

    July 23, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. brian

    Well, consider the source. A backwards Country full of simpletons doesn't receive a powerful female well. Appears the only way they can gain relevance on the world stage is to throw insults.

    July 23, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. RIDOSWORLD

    No one ever said the North Koreans weren't perceptive!

    July 23, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. European-American

    Who cares what those commies think? (I'm speaking of North Korea.) I do care what our commies think.

    July 23, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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