Media flashback: Clinton’s nuclear deal with North Korea

posted at 7:21 pm on July 16, 2015 by Matt Vespa

Now that we have a “deal” with Iran, the Big Three–ABC, NBC, and CBS–centered on President Obama’s “spirited defense” of what is shaping to be his signature foreign policy achievement; they also hailed it as “historic.” Thanks to our friends at Newsbusters, they compiled clips of the coverage. Most importantly, they found the Big Three’s 1994 coverage of then-President Bill Clinton’s nuclear agreement with North Korea.

 

“This is a good deal for the United States,” said President Clinton. “North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program. South Korea and our other allies will be better protected. The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons.”

 

This whole agreement collapsed in 2002, when the CIA discovered that North Korea was secretly enriching uranium for further weapons production. The country, which also carried the title of virtually being the world’s largest prison, not only kept the nuclear weapons it already had at the time–which estimates said was to be just one–but they built more (shocker) and the geopolitical situation in Asia hasn’t changed.

Here’s the breakdown of the now-dead Agreed Framework with North Korea courtesy of Nuclear Threat Initiative:

  • freeze and eventually dismantle its graphite-moderated reactors;
  • seal, cease activities at, and eventually dismantle its reprocessing facilities;
  • cooperate in finding a safe method to store existing spent fuel from its 5 MW experimental reactor and to dispose of such fuel in a safe manner that does not involve reprocessing in the DPRK;
  • allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to monitor the freeze of its reactors; allow the implementation of its safeguards agreement under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) allow the IAEA to resume ad-hoc and routine inspections of facilities not subject to the freeze upon conclusion of a Supply Agreement for the light-water reactor (LWR) project;
  • come into full compliance with its safeguards agreement with the IAEA upon conclusion of a significant portion of the LWR project; remain a party to the NPT; and
  • take consistent steps to implement the North-South Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula; and engage in North-South dialogue.

In return for its obligations above, the DPRK was guaranteed the following:

  • two LWRs [light water reactor] with a total generating capacity of approximately 2,000 MW(e), financed and supplied by an international consortium, by 2003;
  • 150,000 tons of heavy fuel oil by October 1995 for heating and electricity production foregone due to the freeze of its graphite-moderated reactors, and 500,000 tons annually thereafter until the completion of the first LWR; and
  • formal assurances from the United States against the threat or use of nuclear weapons.

In addition, the Agreed Framework required the United States and the DPRK to:

  • reduce barriers to trade and investment, including restrictions on telecommunications services and financial services and transactions; open liaison offices in each other’s capitals; and
  • upgrade bilateral relations to ambassadorial level as progress is made on issues of concern to each side.

Will history repeat itself with the Iranian deal? It remains to be seen, but our current history in negotiating with rogue nations that have–or are seeking–nuclear weapons capability hasn’t been stellar in the slightest.


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Will history repeat itself with the Iranian deal? It remains to be seen, but our current history in negotiating with rogue nations that have–or are seeking–nuclear weapons capability hasn’t been stellar in the slightest

TIA, GOP, ya schmucks.

arnold ziffel on July 16, 2015 at 7:29 PM

Billy Jeff screwed us with NAFTA and he screwed us with the NorKs.

The SCOAMF is carrying on Clinton’s proud tradition.

Mommys Little Darling on July 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM

It makes for a compelling commercial, cutting back and forth between Clinton in 1994 and Obama in 2015:

History Repeated?

Drained Brain on July 16, 2015 at 7:32 PM

Amazing the same exact insanity repeated again… Although Clinton may have actual good intentions back then, Obama the traitor is doing this for the only purpose to weaken us around the world in particular in the Middle East… He wants Iran to have more power and further threaten our interests and that of our allies in the Middle East… North Korea despite their super evil regime that must be eventually destroyed is not engaged in absolute terrorism across the Middle East and the globe as the islamic terrorist regime in Iran is doing… The terrorist mullhas are expending their destructive in the Middle East and causing untold death and destruction in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen… As well as fighting our closed ally Israel through their terror proxies Hizballah and Hamas…

mnjg on July 16, 2015 at 7:34 PM

Some mental midget over at WaPo started crowing “Who was president in 2006?” when the NORKS started making nucular noise. I’m sorry, but there’s some people in this country that just need to be removed from the gene pool.

Judge_Dredd on July 16, 2015 at 7:36 PM

So basically the same person, Wendy Sherman, who “was instrumental in negotiations related to North Korea’s nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs” was also the lead negotiator for the Iran deal….Good Times….Good Times

RolandBlunt on July 16, 2015 at 7:38 PM

The race is on to see which country, Iran or NK, nukes us first.

vnvet on July 16, 2015 at 7:43 PM

Iran is too close to many friends. My faith is with Israel.

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2015 at 7:45 PM

Of course. Liberals will do what liberals do, that will never change.

They say they are progressive. Where’s the progression in doing the same stupid things over and over hoping for success THIS TIME AROUND?

Liberals, democrats, progressives, all fascists and totalitarian dictator wannabees, all out to destroy whatever current system is in place no matter how well it was working because their retarded system that’s failed over and over and over and over again is somehow going to succeed this time.

Of course, when it all comes down to it, their system (stripped of all the bullshit getting there) is simply this:

I’m in charge. Do what I say or die. Hell, you’re useless anyway, just die.

I’d love to be alive to see the day these stupid friggin sheep wake up and realize they are just ushering in their own demise (ours too unfortunately), but I have no real hope of living that long.

Andy__B on July 16, 2015 at 7:50 PM

Some mental midget over at WaPo started crowing “Who was president in 2006?” when the NORKS started making nucular noise. I’m sorry, but there’s some people in this country that just need to be removed from the gene pool.

Judge_Dredd on July 16, 2015 at 7:36 PM

Bush should have eradicated the North Korean threat. His approach to China and their puppet states was pathetic. I knew we were in trouble a couple of months into the Bush presidency when China forced one of our spy planes down and Bush did nothing. China didn’t suffer any consequence for their actions. That got him rave reviews from the left at the time.

Buddahpundit on July 16, 2015 at 7:53 PM

Buddahpundit on July 16, 2015 at 7:53 PM

Bush 1 AND 2 were progressives too.

New World Order, anyone?

Andy__B on July 16, 2015 at 7:54 PM

A nuke could go off the 1st hour into a Republican presidency in 2017 and the Media will say Obama had no blame.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on July 16, 2015 at 7:54 PM

Billy Jeff screwed us with NAFTA and he screwed us with the NorKs.

The SCOAMF is carrying on Clinton’s proud tradition.

Mommys Little Darling on July 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Negotiations for NAFTA started under George H. W. Bush.

RickB on July 16, 2015 at 7:55 PM

Negotiations for NAFTA started under George H. W. Bush.

RickB on July 16, 2015 at 7:55 PM

And were renegotiated, ratified and implemented under Billy Jeff, who signed it in 1993.

Mommys Little Darling on July 16, 2015 at 8:06 PM

I knew we were in trouble a couple of months into the Bush presidency when China forced one of our spy planes down and Bush did nothing. China didn’t suffer any consequence for their actions. That got him rave reviews from the left at the time.

Buddahpundit on July 16, 2015 at 7:53 PM

Bush couldn’t do much to China. No one can. Sanctions? Bombings? Stern warnings? Russia WISHED it had as many commies in one place.

Judge_Dredd on July 16, 2015 at 8:15 PM

Where is the rest of the world on these matters??

We always hear about how European countries are doing this or that (usually something like cycling to work, or building a new windmill) and how that makes them such a morally superior and therefore more humanistic than America and the rest of the world.

Well, where are they on these matters?? Why is it always the United States?? While they bicker over giving away more money to Greece to prop up a failed socialist state, ISIS is actively murdering thousands, committing genocide against Christians, oppressing entire countries, and where is Europe??

Russia is threatening yet another war on the Continent, and what happens? American troops and armor are heading to their borders to protect them – yet again. North Korea enslaves an entire population under brutal rule in starvation conditions – where is Europe?? Iran is building the capability to wipe Israel off the map – where is Europe??

Africa is having another outbreak of Ebola – where is Europe??

China is on the verge of a massive depression – where is Europe??

I’m so tired of the U.S. being the World Police, even while we see our way of life disappearing before our very eyes.

KMC1 on July 16, 2015 at 8:20 PM

Gads, Matt…no pictures of Bubba on the website without a warning!

Now, I have to give my system a penicillin shot…

BlaxPac on July 16, 2015 at 8:30 PM

I checked, we did two inspections of 1 site after the 5 year moratorium then declared NoKor to be good to go and lifted some of the sanctions (they tested their first bomb only 6 years later) They got to keep all of the material they had from before this agreement, like Iran is doing)and then we let them build the two “clean” nuke plants. Which you could use to make weapon with just it’s much harder, not as hard as it was for us in WWII.

Gwillie on July 16, 2015 at 8:57 PM

Personally I think it’s apples and oranges. How much did NAFTA really affect the average person? The people who were most against it were labor unions. The mid to late 90s were a period of economic good times and relative stability abroad, at least in the sense that we weren’t engaged in nation-building or foreign wars after the Gulf War with the exception of Kosovo. North Korea was and is far more isolated and contained than Iran, and we have reliable allies in the region as opposed to Iran. And NAFTA wasn’t Obamatrade. I’m no fan of Bubba, but “he did it too!” is a distraction from the current lack of leadership, on both sides.

WestVirginiaRebel on July 16, 2015 at 10:10 PM

Gimmedats are not so good at ‘international’ agreements between nations.
Wilson – League of Nations planted the seeds of WWII
FDR/Truman – Potsdam, Malta, Teheran … gave away half of Germany, Baltic states, Belurus, Romania … my fingers can’t type them all.
Truman – Korea.
Kennedy – Viet Nam (yes Trools … read a little, Nixon had NOTHING to do with it.)
And now King Putt savior of Iraq … er no.
Champion of Libya … er no.
Vanquisher of Bashir’s Syria, … perhaps not.
Afganistan? Hmmm no.

Predicting the Mullah’s will stage an underground test circa 4 quarter of 2016. Right after Hillary’s election.

Stupid Americans.

Missilengr on July 17, 2015 at 12:22 AM

Oh and make no mistake, the key to the ME is Egypt.
Putt phucked that relationship all to hell.

Rest easy Jimmah … your station in POTUS ratings is secure.

Missilengr on July 17, 2015 at 12:24 AM

Under Clinton, North Korea, Pakistan, and India all got the bomb.

Under Obama, I predict Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

For fascist democrats it’s all about taking the West’s and America’s specifically down a notch. They lie all the time, with nuclear non-proliferation in this case. See also Fairness, middle class, transparency,… It’s all Newspeak.

jukin3 on July 17, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Need moar libs in preznit yo.

Oxymoron on July 17, 2015 at 4:05 PM