She may run for president in 2012 but Sarah Palin may want to brush up on her geography after confusing a major U.S. adversary for an ally.
In a radio interview with controversial talkshow host Glenn Beck, former Alaskan Governor Palin managed to confuse North Korea with South Korea.
Asked about the ongoing conflict between the two nations, Palin replied: 'Obviously, we've got to stand with our North Korean allies.'
Palin is famously no stranger to foreign policy blunders, having been quoted in 2008 as saying Alaska is 'right over the border from Russia'.
Former vice presidential candidate Palin has been embraced by some sections of the Republican party for her traditional views and appeal to working class families but she is less popular with a former First Lady, it has emerged.
Speaking to CNN's Larry King alongside her husband George HW Bush, Barbara Bush appeared to advise Palin to stay out of national politics.
'I sat next to her once. Thought she was beautiful,' Mrs Bush said. 'And she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there.'
Palin, who has earned thousands on speaking tours since she and Senator John McCain lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 election, hit back at Mrs Bush and her social standing.
'I don't think the majority of Americans want to put up with the blue-bloods,' Palin said in a radio interview on the Laura Ingraham Show on Wednesday.
'With all due respect because I love the Bushes, the blue-bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition.'