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Albright: Iraq War Caused N Korean Nukes

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

The Clinton national security team.

Albright: Iraq Invasion Encouraged Others

Jun 19, 3:30 PM EDT
By ALEX NICHOLSON

MOSCOW (AP) — Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright criticized the U.S. invasion of Iraq, saying Monday it had encouraged Iran and North Korea to push ahead with their nuclear programs.

Albright, who served under President Clinton, said "the message out of Iraq is the wrong one."

"The message out of Iraq is that if you don’t have nuclear weapons, you get invaded. If you do have nuclear weapons, you don’t get invaded," she said after an investors’ conference in Moscow.

Albright visited North Korea in October 2000, becoming the highest-level American official ever to travel to the country. The two nations do not have formal diplomatic relations.

Albright also said Russia did not deserve membership in the Group of Eight major industrialized nations because it did not meet all the requirements.

"In terms of some criteria on open society, democracy, there are more and more questions, frankly," said Albright, who is now a business consultant.

In particular, she said Russia’s state-controlled gas monopoly OAO Gazprom was being used for political ends and appeared to be "operating less as a gas company than as a state structure."

Moscow’s reliability as an energy supplier was called into question this year when it briefly cut off natural gas supplies to several European countries in a dispute with Ukraine. The incident rattled European policy makers, who also accused Russia of using its substantial oil and gas resources as a political weapon.

Russia, which was admitted to the G-8 during the Clinton presidency, is hosting the group’s summit in St. Petersburg next month.

Among the many things that Madeline Albright doesn’t know, is recent history.

From Wikipedia:

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction

Chronology of events

* 1989 – Soviet control of communist governments throughout Europe begins to weaken and the Cold War comes to a close. As the USSR’s power declines, North Korea loses the security guarantees and economic support that had sustained it for 45 years.

* Through satellite photos, the U.S. learns of new construction at a nuclear complex near the North Korean town of Yongbyon. U.S. intelligence analysts suspect that North Korea, which had signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1985 but had not yet allowed inspections of its nuclear facilities, is in the early stages of building an atomic bomb.

* In response, U.S. pursues a strategy in which North Korea’s full compliance with the NPT would lead to progress on other diplomatic issues, such as the normalization of relations.

* 1992 – In May, for the first time, North Korea allows a team from the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), then headed by Hans Blix, to visit the facility at Yongbyon. Blix and the U.S. suspect that North Korea is secretly using its five-megawatt reactor and reprocessing facility at Yongbyon to turn spent fuel into weapons-grade plutonium. Before leaving, Blix arranges for fully equipped inspection teams to follow.

* The inspections do not go well. Over the next several months, the North Koreans repeatedly block inspectors from visiting two of Yongbyon’s suspected nuclear waste sites and IAEA inspectors find evidence that the country is not revealing the full extent of its plutonium production.

* 1993 – In March, North Korea threatens to withdraw from the NPT. North Korea’s announcement shocks the world. Facing heavy domestic pressure from Republicans who oppose negotiations with North Korea, President Bill Clinton appoints Robert Gallucci to start a new round of negotiations. After 89 days, North Korea announces it has suspended its withdrawal. (The NPT requires a 90-day notice before a country can withdraw.)

* In December, IAEA Director-General Blix announces that the agency can no longer provide "any meaningful assurances" that North Korea is not producing nuclear weapons.

* On October 12, 1994, the United States and North Korea signed the "Agreed Framework": North Korea agreed to freeze its plutonium production program in exchange for fuel oil, economic cooperation, and the construction of two modern light-water nuclear power plants. Eventually, North Korea’s existing nuclear facilities were to be dismantled, and the spent reactor fuel taken out of the country. All of the operative provisions of the accord relate to freezing the North’s plutonium program and make no reference to uranium enrichment. Pyongyang scrupulously observed these provisions until the Bush administration stopped the oil shipments in December 2002. [2]

* By October 1997, the spent fuel rods were encased in steel containers, under IAEA inspection. [3]

* In October 2002 the United States confronted North Korea with the claim that it knew the North was developing gas centrifuge technology to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons, and threatened to terminate the Agreed Framework. According to the U.S., North Korea confirmed its uranium program; according to North Korea, it replied that it is "entitled" to have such a program or "an even more powerful one" to deter a pre-emptive U.S. attack, unless the U.S. agreed to a non-aggression pact. [4] [5]

* In December 2002, the United States took the first step to terminate the Agreed Framework, suspending fuel oil shipments, arguing North Korea’s uranium program violated the "spirit" of the agreement. North Korea responded by announcing it would restart plutonium production and repeating its intention to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. [6]

* On January 10, 2003, North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

* In late January 2003, Japan Defense Agency Director Shigeru Ishiba told reporters that if North Korea "begins preparations to attack [Japan], for instance by fueling its missiles, we will consider North Korea is initiating a military attack" and pre-emptively strike missile bases in DPRK. [7]

* The United States stated on February 26, 2003 that North Korea had reactivated a reactor at its main nuclear complex.

* North Korean fighter aircraft intercepted and may have targeted a United States reconnaissance aircraft over International Waters in the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea) on March 2, 2003, the first such interception since 1969.

The US invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003.

Or maybe Albright just doesn’t want to admit that she and the Clinton administration helped give North Korea the bomb.

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But I guess they were so busy trying to stop Saddam from getting weapons of mass destruction that they didn’t notice:

"Saddam’s goal … is to achieve the lifting of U.N. sanctions while retaining and enhancing Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs. We cannot, we must not and we will not let him succeed." — Madeline Albright, 1998

Though Ms. Albright probably doesn’t remember proclaiming that and a hundred other statements just like it either.

But heck, she’s always been conveniently forgetful. She even forgot she was Jewish, until it came in handy.

Of course that’s fairly common in the Democrat Party.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, June 19th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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