VERBATIM

That Was Then

Friday, October 13, 2006

After North Korea conducted what it said was a nuclear test Sunday, many Republicans blamed the Agreed Framework negotiated by the Clinton administration -- under which a five-megawatt reactor was shut down and spent fuel rods were kept under 24-hour international supervision -- for causing the problem. But in 2003, after North Korea was discovered to have violated the agreement and the Bush administration terminated it, then-Secretary of State Colin S. Powell told The Washington Post:

"The previous administration I give great credit to for freezing that plutonium site. Lots of nuclear weapons were not made because of the Agreed Framework and the work of President Clinton and his team."

-- Glenn Kessler


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