UnNews:Obama: Ignore North Korea, and it will go away
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|Obama: Ignore North Korea, and it will go away|
17 June 2009
He pledged to end a cycle of letting North Korea create a crisis in order to be rewarded with concessions from the international community.
"This is a pattern they've come to expect", Obama said, "Now we are going to break that pattern."
"And we've got to tell the North Koreans clearly and emphatically: We're not your friends, and we're not going to play with you," Obama said.
The United States is not talking to North Korea just now, and hasn't been for some time. Exchanges between the two have in recent years largely been confined to sulky glances from the U.S. side, and childish taunts from North Korean officials.
"If someone throws something at you, the best thing is not to throw it back or hit them, but to just ignore them," Yerburgher said, "They'll get tired of bugging you and just go away. But if they keep bugging you, tell your dad - he'll come down and sort them out."
Asked to explain just who "dad" would be in this situation, and how the entire northern section of the Korean peninsula could just "go away," Yerburgher looked confused, and then he turned his back to us and ignored us until we went away.