Monday, October 09, 2006

Bush to NK circa-2002: here's $95 Mill...get yerself somethin' nice

April 3, 2002 (BBC News):
The US Government has announced that it will release $95m to North Korea as part of an agreement to replace the Stalinist country's own nuclear programme, which the US suspected was being misused.
Under the 1994 Agreed Framework an international consortium is building two proliferation-proof nuclear reactors and providing fuel oil for North Korea while the reactors are being built.
In releasing the funding, President George W Bush waived the Framework's requirement that North Korea allow inspectors to ensure it has not hidden away any weapons-grade plutonium from the original reactors.
H/t to Sam Seder.

Update [2:25 PM, Oct 9th]: FurGaia (of The Cylinder fame) contributed the following regarding the 1994 'Framework Agreement' in the comments...
In 1994 Bill Clinton committed to the "Framework Agreement"; a deal which promised to provide food, fuel and 2 light-water reactors in exchange for North Korea’s abandoning its nuclear weapons programs. The North agreed to these terms but the United States has never honored its obligations. These facts are unchallenged by anyone familiar with the history of U.S.-North Korea relations, but they are scrupulously withheld from coverage in the media.
[from Uruknet.info]

4 Comments:

Blogger FurGaia said...

I don't know much about the North Korea issue beyond the occasional hype one gets from the MSM each time Kim sneezes and the various "time line" one can find on the Internet. According to the following article, it would seem that the Administration never delivered. So who to believe?

In 1994 Bill Clinton committed to the "Framework Agreement"; a deal which promised to provide food, fuel and 2 light-water reactors in exchange for North Korea’s abandoning its nuclear weapons programs. The North agreed to these terms but the United States has never honored its obligations. These facts are unchallenged by anyone familiar with the history of U.S.-North Korea relations, but they are scrupulously withheld from coverage in the media. [Source]

10/09/2006 12:55 PM  
Blogger Godammitkitty said...

Thanks for contributing that source, Furgaia. I hadn't seen that before.

This is all very complicated and scary :(

10/09/2006 2:30 PM  
Blogger FurGaia said...

Hi again!

Lots of information here (via Media Lens)

10/09/2006 3:18 PM  
Blogger Godammitkitty said...

Thanks again! I haven't yet listened to today's Dem.Now podcast but I'll get right on it.

Amy Goodman's the best...I don't know what I'd do without her.

10/09/2006 4:56 PM  

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