BUSH DID SOME GOOD
Jim Brant (letter, Sept. 8) responded to my Sept. 6 letter regarding North Korea’s H-bomb test. The gist of Brant’s ramblings seems to be that I didn’t cover the entire history of North Korea and all of our former presidents’ involvements with them.
That’s rather hard to do with 350 words.
I did, however, pretty well cover what’s happened in the last 27 years.
Did I quote Limbaugh or plagiarize him? No. Jim got one thing right, I don’t listen to Rush.
I will answer one question he raised, “What happened in North Korea’s bomb-building plants when old ‘tear-down-this-wall’ Ron was in charge for eight years?” Answer: Nothing. North Korea wasn’t building atomic bombs then.
Tear-down-this-wall Ronnie (as Brant calls him) was involved when North Korea signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1985. That’s about it for him.
The stuff that matters most now is what I wrote about, and I see no point in rehashing those irrefutable facts again.
I can’t help it if Brant is worried about the stubby finger on the button now. He should have worried back in 1994.
Don Iliff (letter, Sept. 11) weighed in with a little more revisionist history. Don, remind me who was president in 2003 and in 2009?
The second major diplomatic effort regarding North Korea was the six-party talks initiated in August 2003 which involved China, Japan, North Korea, Russia, South Korea and the United States.
In between periods of stalemate and crisis, those talks arrived at critical breakthroughs in 2005, when North Korea pledged to abandon “all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs” and return to the NPT.
Those talks broke down in 2009 following disagreements over verification and an internationally condemned North Korean rocket launch. Pyongyang has since stated that it would never return to the talks and is no longer bound by their agreements.
The other five parties state that they remain committed to the talks, and have called for Pyongyang to recommit to its 2005 denuclearization pledge.
I guess G.W. Bush did some good.
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