Bolton: This is in many respects simply a repetition of the agreed framework of 1994. You know, Secretary Powell in 2001 started off the administration by saying he was prepared to pick up where the Clinton administration left off. President Bush changed course and followed a different approach. This is the same thing that the State Department was prepared to do six years ago. If we going to cut this deal now, it’s amazing we didn’t cut it back then.
BBC: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has welcomed a deal reached with North Korea over its nuclear programme during six-nation talks in Beijing…
US President George W Bush said he was “pleased” with the agreement.
White House spokesman Tony Snow called it “a very important first step” towards denuclearising the Korean peninsula.
As Drum adds, “and six years ago this deal would have come without an already built stockpile of nuclear weapons. Perhaps there’s a lesson there?”