The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) recognizes
the "inalienable right" of all signatories to "the fullest possible
exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information"
related to the "use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes."
That means that Iran has the "inalienable right" to acquire nuclear
reactors or uranium-enrichment centrifuges from Russia.
On the other hand – thanks to Bush-Cheney-Bolton – the Democratic Republic
of North Korea (DPRK) is no-longer a NPT signatory, and hence, has no such "inalienable
Each no-nuke signatory agrees to conclude with the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) a Safeguards agreement. All "source" and "special
fissionable materials" as well as any activities involving them are to
be made subject to the IAEA Safeguards agreement. The IAEA is thereafter responsible
for preventing their "diversion."
That means that Iran is required to subject to IAEA Safeguards all uranium,
plutonium and thorium – in whatever form and however obtained – as well as
all activities wherein safeguarded materials are transformed, produced or processed.
On the other hand, – thanks to Bush-Cheney-Bolton – the DPRK has no such
Under Article II, each no-nuke signatory agrees "not to manufacture or
otherwise acquire nuclear weapons."
Iran, in agreeing to an Additional Protocol to their Safeguards Agreement,
has essentially given the IAEA the authority to police that agreement.
But – thanks to Bush-Cheney-Bolton – the DPRK is no longer subject to the
NPT and can now develop, test, manufacture and sell nukes.
Alas, until more no-nuke signatories follow the DPRK example and withdraw from
the NPT, the Koreans will just have terrorists as customers for their nukes.
Candidate Kerry castigated President Bush last week, arguing that his preoccupation
with Iraq had allowed the current DPRK nuke mess to develop. He claimed Bush
had "pulled the rug out from under Kim Dae Jung," then president of
South Korea, by refusing to endorse the Clinton-Kim policy of engagement with
The basis for the Clinton-Kim policy had been the U.S.-IAEA-DPRK Agreed Framework
In 1992, the IAEA had essentially accused DPRK of having a clandestine nuke
The DPRK denied that it did, but agreed under the Agreed Framework to "freeze"
all its nuclear programs, including abandoning the construction of additional
Russian-supplied reactors from whose spent-fuel weapons-grade plutonium could
be recovered, and make them subject to IAEA Safeguards. In return, an international
consortium – led by South Korea – would construct in the DPRK two free conventional
nuclear power plants.
In the interim, Clinton had agreed to provide 500,000 tons of free fuel oil,
annually, to the DPRK.
Say what? Provide a half-million tons of free fuel oil every year for at least
five more years to a Commie country that – technically – we have been at war
with since 1950?
What to do?
How about this? In the Agreed Framework we promised on a stack of Bibles that
we wouldn't attack them with nukes so long as they remained a no-nuke NPT-signatory.
Why not provoke them into withdrawing from the NPT?
First, tell South Korea's Kim in March 2001 that President Bush and Secretary
Powell would not continue the talks with North Korea representatives begun the
year before by President Clinton and Secretary Albright.
Next, have Bush say this about DPRK in his 2002 State of the Union Address:
"Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening
America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction. Some of
these regimes have been pretty quiet since September the 11th. But we know their
true nature. North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass
destruction, while starving its citizens
"States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis
of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world."
Finally, in October 2002, have some anonymous State Department munchkin tell
a few media sycophants that some anonymous DPRK official admitted to him at
a cocktail party that they had a clandestine uranium-nuke program.
Never mind that the DPRK vehemently denies to this day having any such program.
Never mind that to this day our intelligence community hasn't got the foggiest
notion where this clandestine uranium-nuke program may be hiding. Cancel the
free fuel-oil to DPRK.
And launch a preemptive attack at the other end of the axis of evil.
Well, that did it. DPRK withdrew from the NPT and has since recovered enough
weapons-grade plutonium from its frozen spent fuel to make a half-dozen nukes.
You know, Kerry may have a point.