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Albright responds

From NBC's Mark Murray
The back-and-forth over North Korea continues, and former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has fired the latest volley -- in response to GOP charges blaming the Clinton Administration over North Korea's nuclear test. In a statement released by her office, Albright said that during Clinton's White House tenure, "there were no nuclear weapons tests by North Korea, no new plutonium production, and no new nuclear weapons developed in Pyongyang. Through our policy of effective constructive engagement, the world was safer. President Bush chose a different path and the results are evident for all to see."

She added, "The issue that matters at the moment is that North Korea's apparent nuclear test demands a serious international response, not partisan finger-pointing."