No one should be very confident that the agreement reached earlier this week with North Korea will actually result in that country’s abandonment of nuclear weapons. On the other hand, the agreement isn’t a guaranteed failure like the “Agreed Framework” President Clinton reached with the North Koreans. The reason, as Charles Krauthammer has pointed out, is the involvement of China, the one nation that can probably coerce North Korea into complying with the agreement, if it chooses to do so.
The Bush administration deserves credit for getting a deal that at least has a chance of succeeding. It’s a better deal than Clinton got, and Clinton had more leverage than Bush since North Korea had not yet developed nukes at that time.
Bush also deserves credit for rejecting the approach advocated by that wannabe diplomat, John Kerry. During last year’s debates, Kerry argued that the U.S. should hold bilateral talks with North Korea. Bush insisted that China be involved at all times on the theory that, otherwise, the six-party talks would unwind. In short, Bush and his team recognized the centrality of China, while this fairly obvious reality seemed to elude the “sophisticated” Senator Kerry.
- Subscribe now!... Get rid of ADs!Support Power Line...VIP MembershipPresentsPower Line
Most Read on Power Line
Subscribe to Power Line by Email
Find us on Facebook
“Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.” Winston Churchill
“Proclaim Liberty throughout All the land unto All the Inhabitants Thereof.” Inscription on the Liberty Bell