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War of Words

July 23rd, 2009
04:46 PM ET

Who won the petty diplomatic spat of the year so far? It's North Korea vs the United States?

A statement from the North Korean foreign ministry read; "Sometimes she (U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping." By way of justification the statement reads; "We cannot but regard Mrs Clinton as a funny lady as she likes to utter such rhetoric, unaware of the elementary etiquette in the international community". The rhetoric they are referring to came earlier in the week. In a U.S. television interview, Clinton had discussed North Korea's nuclear programme and said US should not over-react to Pyongyang's provocation. "Maybe it's the mother in me, the experience I've had with small children and teenagers and people who are demanding attention: Don't give it to them."

Was Clinton being patronising? Did she indeed show a lack of etiquette? Or are the North Koreans being personal and rude? You decide. Your responses on Thursday's show - comments below, or on e-mail at ConnectTheWorld@CNN.com please.

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