John Kerry, meet John Bolton.
Kerry: This has been going on for five years, Mr. Ambassador.
Bolton: It’s the nature of multilateral negotiations, Senator.
Kerry: Why not engage in a bilateral one and get the job done? That’s what the Clinton Administration did.
Bolton: And, very poorly since the North Koreans violated the agreed framework almost from the time it was signed.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit
UPDATE: Welcome readers from the Nutroots movement at democraticundergound. As I understand it, you guys think I’ve taken Kerry’s comments out of context… so here’s the rest:
KERRY: Why not engage in a bilateral one and get the job done? That’s what the Clinton administration did.
BOLTON: Very poorly, since the North Koreans violated the agreed framework almost from the time it was signed. And I would also say, Senator, that we do have the opportunity for bilateral negotiations with North Korea in the context of the six-party talks, if North Korea would come back to them.
KERRY: Mr. Ambassador, at the time — Secretary Perry has testified before this committee, as well as others — they knew that there would be the probability they would try to do something outside of the specificity of the agreement.
But the specificity of the agreement was with respect to the rods and the inspections and the television cameras and the reactor itself.
BOLTON: Senator, the agreed framework requires North Korea and South Korea to comply with the joint North-South denuclearization agreement, which in turn provides no nuclear weapons programs on the Korean Peninsula.
So it was not limited only to the plutonium reprocessing program.
KERRY: Mr. Ambassador, the bottom line is that no plutonium was reprocessed under that agreement. No plutonium was reprocessed until the cameras were kicked out, the inspectors were kicked out, the rods were taken out, and now they have four times the nuclear weapons they had when you came on watch.
So there’s your context. Kerry really told him off, didn’t he? Well, except for the fact that Kerry was lying (hat tip: Old Soldier):
July 1999: A U.S. intelligence report claims that North Korea has between 25 and 30 kilograms of weapon-grade plutonium, enough to make several nuclear warheads.
You’d think someone who served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence would know the truth. That is… if he’d ever bothered to show up for the meetings. (Then again, this is the same guy who issued a press release claiming he’d been Vice Chairman of that committee when, in fact, he never had been)
He’s either lying, or he was intentionally playing a game of semantics, claiming that the North Korean nuke development occured “outside the Framework Agreement”. If that’s the case, then it shows that the Framework Agreement was worthless to begin with. In addition, it shows the Clinton administration had knowledge that the Framework Agreement was worthless with respect to preventing North Korea from developing nukes at the time it engaged in it:
…at the time — [Clinton’s Defense] Secretary Perry has testified before this committee, as well as others — they knew that there would be the probability they would try to do something outside of the specificity of the agreement.
Maybe in that parallel universe where John Kerry was Vice Chairman of the SSCI, North Korea actually complied with the 1994 Framework Agreement and Osama bin Laden didn’t do any planning for 9/11 until January 20, 2001, the day Bush took over the Presidency. And maybe in that same liberal utopia, Sandy Berger was really stealing and destroying old math homework and not top secret national security documents relating to Clinton’s inaction towards terrorism.
How’s that for context?