WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- Oliver North, the former Marine involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, said he would be a distraction if he attended President Reagan's funeral service.
North has decided to skip the service at Washington's National Cathedral.
"Every doggone camera in the place would be shooting pictures of me instead of paying attention to what was going on," he told the Los Angeles Times.
"I (do) not think I should be a distraction at this, and if I went, I would be," North said.
"I had the national press corps camped on my front lawn for nine straight months" during the Iran-Contra scandal, "and that's not what this is about. I revere Ronald Reagan. I certainly spent plenty of time with him in the past and I know I'll be with him in the future. ... Those of us who know where we are going, and know why we are going there, have no doubt that he is now in that shining city on a hill."