2017-12-02 17:05:42 UTC
What most people today do not know, and what US media is keeping quiet about, is that the US and North Korea had travelled the same path before, and they had in 1994 signed the Agreed Framework for North Korea to freeze and ultimately dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
In return, the US would build for North Korea 2 light-water nuclear reactors to compensate for the North’s loss of nuclear power. The US would supply the fuel for the reactors, to be paid for mostly by Japan and South Korea. The US would also lift sanctions against North Korea, remove it from the list of terrorism sponsors, and normalize relations (which means a formal peace treaty to end the Korean War). And both sides would provide formal assurances not to use nuclear weapons against the other.
In 1996, US officials supervising the Agreed Framework testified in Congress that North Korea was not violating the Agreed Framework.
But the US reneged on its promises. The promised nuclear reactors were never built. Delivery of nuclear fuel was often delayed. North Korea was not removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism even though it had met the criteria for removal. And no action was taken to sign a formal peace treaty to end the Korean War. When G W Bush became president, his administration called North Korea a rogue nation, and declared that North Korea was a nation that the US might have to use nuclear weapons against. The US killed the Agreed Framework.
And now the US wants North Korea to enter into another agreed framework? As far as North Korea is concerned, that's just clowning around. After the US killed the 1994 Agreed Framework, why should North Korea assume it would not kill any new agreement?