By Tim Marshall
On this historic day it is worth reflecting on the ‘momentous’ agreement crafted by Bill Clinton which he said guaranteed North Korea would not be able to build nuclear weapons.
On Oct 18th 1994 the American President said “Today, after 16 months of intense and difficult negotiations with North Korea, we have completed an agreement that will make the United States, the Korean Peninsula, and the world safer”.
On July 14th 2015 the American President said “Today” he had achieved “ A comprehensive long term deal with Iran which will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon… which makes our county and the world more secure’.
1994 Clinton “This agreement .. reduces the danger of the threat of nuclear spreading in the region. It’s a crucial step toward drawing North Korea into the global community.”
2015 Obama – “We have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region because of this deal the international community will be able to verify that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be able to achieve a nuclear weapons”.
1994 Clinton – “It does not rely on trust. Compliance will be certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency”.
2015 Obama – “This deal is not built on trust it is built on verification. Inspectors will have24/7 access to Iran’s key nuclear facilities”
1994 Clinton –“The United States and North Korea have also agreed to ease trade restrictions and to move toward establishing liaison offices in each other’s capitals. These offices will ease North Korea’s isolation.
On April 23rd 2003 North Korea announced it had nuclear weapons.
The above is not to say that the Iran deal will not work. But is a reminder that just because an American President promises that a country will not build a nuclear weapon, it does not mean the country will not build nuclear weapons.