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Clinton says North Korea running out of options; returns to Washington

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says North Korea has "no friends left" to shield it from punishing U.N. penalties.

She was responding to a fresh refusal by the communist regime to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Clinton told reporters in Thailand, the site of a security conference, that the North's continued pursuit of its nuclear ambitions will elevate tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Clinton said the U.S. will continue to insist that North Korea return to the bargaining table and dismantle its nuclear program.

Clinton also had positive words for Myanmar. She praised the military-run government for committing to enforce the U.N. sanctions against North Korea. She also called on Myanmar to unconditionally release democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee).

She spoke before leaving for Washington after her weeklong Asian trip.

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