Remember How Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton Paved the Way for a Nuclear North Korea

It is possibly the most important word at Tuesday’s negotiations and also the one around which there is the least clarity: denuclearization.

What the United States wants: Complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization — or CVID as it has become commonly known.

What North Korea wants: This is less clear. Although North Korea keeps mentioning the word, it has yet to say specifically what its version of denuclearization would involve.

South Korea and the United States have insisted all sides are on the same page about the removal of North Korea’s nuclear weapons. But some experts have pointed out Pyongyang often refers to complete denuclearization “of the Korean Peninsula” — which would include a withdrawal of United States troops as well.

But let’s not forget where everything started!
On Oct. 4, 2002, officials from the U.S. State Department flew to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, and confronted Kim Jong-il’s foreign ministry with evidence that Kim had acquired centrifuges for processing highly enriched uranium, which could be used for building nuclear weapons. To the Americans’ surprise, the North Koreans conceded.

It was an unsettling revelation, coming just as the Bush administration was gearing up for a confrontation with Iraq. This new threat wasn’t imminent; processing uranium is a tedious task; Kim Jong-il was almost certainly years away from grinding enough of the stuff to make an atomic bomb. But the North Koreans had another route to nuclear weapons–a stash of radioactive fuel rods, taken a decade earlier from its nuclear power plant in Yongbyon.

Back in 1994, President Clinton prepared to confront North Korea over CIA reports it had built nuclear warheads and its subsequent threats to engulf Japan and South Korea in “a sea of fire.”

Enter self-appointed peacemaker Carter: The ex-prez scurried off to Pyongyang and negotiated a sellout deal that gave North Korea two new reactors and $5 billion in aid in return for a promise to quit seeking nukes.

Clinton embraced this appeasement as achieving “an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula” — with compliance verified by international inspectors. Carter wound up winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his dubious efforts.

Nice job, Carter. You sold them weapons and you got a promise. A promise from a militaristic totalitarian regime.

Well, when you put it that way, it sounds pretty bad.

And why is that? Because you know North Koreans will not keep their promise.

By 2002, North Koreans “fessed up.” They’d begun violating the accord on Day One. Four years later, Pyongyang detonated its first nuke.

This story proves another point that we should all take into consideration. They gave ANOTHER COUNTRY $5 billion dollars. We have people starving to death in our country already. Veterans are sick, homeless, and not getting the respect and admiration that they deserve.

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