Today at a news conference, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) blamed the current predicament with North Korea on the Clinton administration. Watch it:
CNN points out that McCain said the 1994 Agreed Framework negotiated by the Clinton administration was a failure.
The 1994 Agreed Framework wasn’t perfect and North Korea was not in 100% compliance. But it was the only thing that stopped North Korea from producing nuclear weapons and separating plutonium. During the Clinton administration, North Korea didn’t make any nuclear bombs. Today, the country possesses material for as many as 13 nuclear weapons. The vast majority of that material was created during the George W. Bush administration. (All the rest was created during his father’s adminstration.)
The difference between the Clinton administration’s North Korea policy and the Bush administration’s North Korea policy is the difference between success and failure.
Full transcript below:
CNN: Well John McCain blames Bill Clinton for the current predicament with Pyongyang. The Republican senator says that Mr. Clinton didn’t do enough to make North Korea scrap its nuclear program in the 90s. He said the 1994 agreement was a failure.
McCAIN: Prior to the agreement, every single time the Clinton administration warned the Koreans not to do something — not to kick out the IAEA inspectors, not to remove the fuel rods from their reactor — they did it, and they were rewarded every single time by the Clinton administration with further talks.
CNN: McCain spoke outside Detroit at a campaign stop for a GOP senate candidate.