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Mrs. Clinton said the North has chosen a path of “confrontation and isolation.”

But she held open the possibility of a better future if the North makes the “right choices.”

U.S. officials have been pressing China to condemn the North’s provocative behavior.

When asked why it had taken so long to arrange the call between Mr. Obama and Mr. Hu, White House deputy spokesman Bill Burton told reporters both men had “pretty busy schedules.”

Mr. Obama urged Mr. Hu to “work with us and others to send a clear message to North Korea that its provocations are unacceptable,” the White House said.

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Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.

Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.


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