North Korea’s testing of nuclear weapons is a serious threat. Recently, North Korea just finished testing its fifth and biggest nuclear test.
How did we get here? The growing threats surrounding North Korea began with President Bill Clinton.
In 1994, President Clinton received multiple CIA reports that stated North Korea built nuclear warheads amid the rouge nation’s threats against Japan and South Korea. In response to the report, President Clinton sent former President Jimmy Carter to North Korea to reach a deal.
In Pyongyang, North Korea, Carter negotiated a deal which gave North Korea two nuclear reactors and $5 billion so North Korea would promise to quit seeking nukes. However, North Korea made the deal with crossed fingers behind their backs.
Clinton embraced this appeasement as achieving “an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula”.
The Washington Post reports:
The program caused considerable controversy within the United States, however; much like President Obama’s Iran deal, it was structured as an executive agreement and thus did not require approval from Congress.
In 2002, the North Koreans said they began violating the agreed deal on Day 1. And four years later, Pyongyang detonated its first nuke showing the world Clinton’s failed appeasement strategy.
President Clinton’s administration failed to prevent North Korea from pursuing nuclear, and the $5 billion in aid only helped speed up the process.