This frame grab from South Korean television taken in Seoul shows former US President Bill Clinton(R) and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Il posing for a picture in Pyongyang.Clinton arrived in North Korea on a surprise mission to free two jailed American journalists, the highest-profile visit by an American to Pyongyang for nearly a decadeFormer United Nations Ambassador John Bolton is NOT impressed with former President Bill Clinton meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il.
The Obama administration is rewarding North Korea for its bad behavior by sending ex-president Bill Clinton to Pyongyang to win the release of two US journalists, the former US ambassador to the UN said Tuesday.
John Bolton, an outspoken hardliner in the previous administration of George W. Bush, told AFP that Clinton’s mission to Pyongyang undermines a number of public stands held by his own wife, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“It comes perilously close to negotiating with terrorists,” Bolton told AFP when asked about Bill Clinton’s trip to secure the release of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.
The pair were sentenced in June to 12 years in a labor camp for an illegal border crossing and an unspecified “grave crime,” after they were detained by North Korean border guards on March 17 while working on a story.
“I think this is a very bad signal because it does exactly what we always try and avoid doing with terrorists, or with rogue states in general, and that’s encouraging their bad behavior,” Bolton said.
In a US television interview here on July 26, Secretary Clinton warned North Korea that even its traditional allies had turned against it and that the communist state’s rogue behavior will no longer “be rewarded.”
Bolton also scoffed the White House’s contention that Bill Clinton’s visit is “solely a private mission” when he said “this is a former president who is married to the secretary of state. There’s nothing private about this.”
Remember this was the same President who sent his Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to visit Kim Jong-Il with a Michael Jordan autographed basketball.
North Korea Leader Kim Jong-Il and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Exit question: What is this diplomatic gesture by Bill Clinton going to cost the United States?
A Unha-2 rocket (Taepadong-2), supposedly carrying an experimental communication satellite Kwangmyongsong-2, as it is launched from Hwadae-gun in North Korea on April 5.The Obama Administration has fumbled its first foreign policy crisis. Yes, the United States was able to secure a unanimous United Nations Security Council condemnation of North Korea’s missile launch on April 5.
Eight days after North Korea’s rocket launch, the U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned the action, demanded an end to missile tests and said it will expand sanctions against the reclusive communist nation.
The council’s statement, agreed on by all 15 members and read at a formal meeting of the United Nations’ most powerful body, said the launch violated a council resolution adopted after the North conducted a nuclear test explosion in 2006 that banned any missile tests by the country.
The statement was a weaker response than a U.N. resolution, which was sought by Japan and the United States but was opposed by China and Russia. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice insisted the statement is legally binding, just like a resolution â€” a view backed by Russia â€” but other diplomats and officials disagreed.
North Korea then stated that it would boycott the international nuclear disarmament “six-party talks” and restart a plant that makes nuclear bomb-grade plutonium.
Fuming at the U.N. Security Council for condemning its recent missile launch, North Korea said Tuesday it will restart its plutonium factory, junk all its disarmament agreements and “never participate” again in six-country nuclear negotiations.
North Korea had warned before launching a long-range missile on April 5 that it would tolerate no U.N. criticism of what it insisted was a peaceful attempt to put a satellite into orbit.
When the 15-member Security Council unanimously condemned that launch on Monday and demanded a halt to all future missile launches, the North’s reaction was swift, vitriolic and surprisingly substantive.
It called the Security Council’s statement a “brigandish,” “wanton” and “unjust” infringement of its sovereignty. It said that six-party nuclear talks with the United States, South Korea, Japan, Russia and, even its closest ally, China, had “turned into a platform” for forcing the North to disarm itself and for bringing down its system of government.
“We have no choice but to further strengthen our nuclear deterrent to cope with additional military threats by hostile forces,” North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement released by its state news agency.
If it follows through on Tuesday’s bluster, North Korea will walk away from six years of slow, fitful but sometimes productive negotiations that have led to substantial disablement of the North’s main nuclear reactor and partial disclosure of the scale of its weapons program.
The talks, in turn, have rewarded the government of Kim Jong Il with food, fuel and removal from a U.S. list of countries that sponsor terror. The Obama administration has repeatedly said that it wants to resume the talks, which stalled last year in a dispute about how to verify the North’s past nuclear activity.
That nuclear activity, judging from the North’s statement on Tuesday, is soon to increase.
“We will actively consider building our own light-water nuclear reactor, will revive nuclear facilities and reprocess used nuclear fuel rods,” the ministry said. Experts have said the North does not have the equipment or skills to make an advanced light-water reactor.
So, what did the United States gain with its “WEAK” response to North Korea?
But, the North Koreans gained important technical missile information and an excuse to restart their rogue nuclear weapons program which they will happily export to Iran and to other nations who have the cash.
Way to go – Obama Administration.
North Korea Film footage of launch of Taepodong-2 ICBM, April 4, 2009
North Korea warned the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that it would take “strong steps” if the 15-nation body took any action in response to Pyongyang’s launch of a long-range rocket.
“If the Security Council, they take any kind of steps whatever, we’ll consider this is (an) encroachment on our sovereignty and the next option will be ours,” Deputy Ambassador Pak Tok Hun told reporters. “Necessary and strong steps will … follow that.”
Washington, Tokyo and Seoul say North Korea launched a long-range ballistic missile on Sunday in violation of a 2006 U.N. Security Council resolution banning the firing of such missiles by Pyongyang. The resolution was passed after a nuclear test by North Korea.
Although the United Nations met Monday for three hours, there was NO consensus. When the UNSC meets again on the issue it is believed that two permanent members, China and Russia, will side with North Korea and block by veto, if necessary, any condemning resolution.
Or, the UNSC could simply agree on some sort of “WATERED DOWN” resolution.
As permanent council members, China and Russia have veto powers and have made clear they would be prepared to use them to stop new sanctions on Pyongyang. The United States and Japan would like a resolution that expands existing financial sanctions against North Korea.
But U.N. diplomats say the United States and Japan might have to accept a non-binding warning statement from the council instead of a legally binding resolution.
A Western diplomat said China had proposed a weak statement, “a completely watered down text which is unacceptable to us (and) … not even worth discussing.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday the council “must avoid any hasty conclusions” on North Korea, which says the rocket placed a satellite into orbit.
And, of course, North KJorea maintains the missile launch was simply for launching a communications satellite for “peaceful purposes.”
Don’t look for any substantiative relief from the United Nations now or EVER.
Chris, King Abdullah from Saudi Arabia has been around quite a long time now. Remember when President Bush was criticised for walking hand in hand with the Saudi potentate?
There was NO reason for President Obama to bow down to the Saudi leader unless he knows something more about America’s energy (spelled OIL) supply than the general public.
The President would be better to be listening to fellow Americans: Drill, Baby, Drill!
Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, is seen in Lewis Center, Ohio. Voinovich is telling associates he intends to retire rather than run again in 2010, according to officials inside the partyFlap has no use for the “RETIRING” George Voinovich and so it is no great loss to the Republican Party for him to retire.
Ohio Republican George Voinovich is expected to announce Monday that he won’t seek reelection to the Senate in 2010.
A two-term senator, former governor and Cleveland mayor, Voinovich has been a political fixture in his state for decades. But recent press reports from his home state have indicated the 72-year-old lawmaker is considering retirement, and a person close to him told Politico that the announcement will come Monday.
Rumor is that either Republican Budget Director Rob Portman or former Congressman John Kasich will make a run for the office. Both would make great Senators, unlike Voinovich.
Good bye and good luck, Senator.
Don’t let the door hit you on the ass as you leave.
Photo courtesy of the New York Post Iran’s President Ahmadinejad during President Bush’s speech at the United Nations General AssemblyIsn’t this the guy that Barack Obama said he would meet unconditionally?
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Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is reportedly planning to visit New York again this Fall for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
Iran and the Mullahs who pull President Ahmadinejad’s strings just love to screw with the United States -especially at Presidential election time.
Flap wonders if Barack Obama will agree to meet with Ahamdinejad – you know without preconditions?
George Monbiot blocked by security guards
No citizen’s arrest of John Bolton, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations this evening. The obviously muddleheaded George Moonbat Monbiot was blocked by security guards from serving upon Bolton the “charge sheet.”
The attention seeking Monbiot achieved what he sought out to do: Prove that he is indeed a moron.
Journalist George Monbiot is taking the law into his own hands by promisng to arrest former United States ambassador to the United Nations as an Iraq War criminal.
George Monbiot, the journalist and activist, is planning the action because he believes Mr Bolton is a “war criminal”.
He said he was surprised that Mr Bolton would be allowed to “swim through the politest of polite soirees â€“ which is of course Hay.”
Mr Bolton, who was the American ambassador to the UN from August 2005 to January 2006, is due to talk at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival at 6.30pm on international relations.
Now, this should be good. The legal authorities in the United Kingdom say Monbiot’s actions are unlawful.
Flap wonders what Bolton will do?
Will he allow Monbiot take him into custody and then file a civil suit for assault and unlawful detainment? Or will Bolton simply resist the Moonbat Monbiot and punch him in the nose?
Flap bets the police will be there and escort Monbiot off of the premises.
Shame….would love to see Bolton punch his way out of the flap.
John Bolton former United States Ambassador to the United Nations