Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Clinton’s North Korea Legacy

A recent ad on the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
website opened with the words, “Security Under Bush and GOP?” It
claimed “North Korea has quadrupled its nuclear arsenal,” and included
footage of a tank and North Korea President Kim Jong Il. The ad
ended, “Feel safer? Vote for change.” Democrats have been hoping
we’ll all completely forget history. Yes, North Korea is an incredibly
dangerous nuclear member of the axis of evil, and for that we can thank
Bill Clinton:
In the spring of 1992 brutal North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung
allowed International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] inspectors, led
by none other than Hans Blix, into his country. Kim claimed they
had “a tiny quantity [of plutonium] … far from the amount you
need for a weapon,” reported Blix, according to The Washington Post.
But covert tests showed that the North Koreans had actually
reprocessed massive amounts of plutonium — enough for several
bombs, reports Jasper Becker in the definitive Rogue Regime (Oxford
University Press). When the IAEA asked for access to nuclear waste
sites to investigate further, the North Koreans balked.
In 1993, North Korea declared it would withdraw from the Non-
Proliferation Treaty [NPT] unless certain demands were met: “U.S.
diplomatic recognition, the end of economic sanctions, one million
tons in grain, half a million tons of fuel oil per year … and the delivery
of two light-water reactors worth over $4.5 billion. The Koreans
were quite specific about the sort of reactors they wanted and only
these would do.” notes Becker. Absurd.
By 1994, tensions between North Korea, South Korea, the IAEA, the
UN, and the U.S. were mounting; actual military conflict loomed.

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