This week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet her North Korean counterpart for the U.S.’s “first substantive high-level meeting” with the country since 2000. The New York Times writes that “the North Korea meeting may well amount to last rites for the ‘axis of evil,’ the one that President Bush said in 2002 was ‘arming to threaten the peace of the world.'” The White House, however, fully embraced the term just 24 hours earlier:
However, pressed by a reporter whether Bush still believed that they were part of the “axis of evil,” Perino said North Korea and Iran were still part of it.
“I think that until they give up their nuclear weapons programs completely and verifiably, I think that we would keep them in the same category,” she said.