President Trump, There Is A Deal To Be Made With North Korea

President Trump, There Is A Deal To Be Made With North Korea

By William Perry

In 1999, I went to Pyongyang at the requests of U.S. President Bill Clinton, South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi to negotiate an agreement that would require North Korea to give up its programs to develop nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. In return, South Korea and Japan would provide economic assistance, and the U.S. would offer security assurances.

The discussions were encouraging and were followed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il sending his senior military aide to Washington in October 2000 to discuss a formal agreement. We were quite close to reaching final terms, but time ran out before the Clinton administration could conclude the agreement. When George W. Bush came to office in 2001, he cut off all discussions with Pyongyang for two years, then agreed with China to begin the so-called six-party talks to deal with North Korea’s increasingly dangerous nuclear program.

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